Robert Scott began writing fiction as a creative way to engage his father-in-law, Jay Gordon's imagination while Jay's body succumbed slowly to Lou Gehrig's disease. The Hickory Staff (Orion/Gollancz, 2005) is the result of two years of storytelling over the phone, via email, and in day-long discussions of characters, plot twists, and mysteries that hopefully helped to distract Jay from his physical battles. Lessek's Key (2006) and The Larion Senators (2007) represent the remainder of Jay and Robert's collaboration, even though both books were released after Jay died. The Eldarn Sequence has since been translated into Russian and Czech, two languages Robert failed grimly in college.
In 2009, he published a collection of short stories for young readers, The Great M&M Caper and Other Fourth Grade Adventures, comedy stories about the misadventures of a gifted underachiever. Robert’s latest novels, 15 Miles (2010) and its sequel, Asbury Park (2012), are Gollancz horror/crime releases. Both stories feature the alcohol- and Oxycontin-addicted homicide detective, Sailor Doyle, a strangely likeable protagonist despite his promiscuous nature and his tendency to be beaten soundly by antagonists of all sizes. Robert plans to release two novels in the coming year, God’s Rough Drafts, the third story in the Sailor Doyle series, and Emails to Billy Klein, a slice-of-life portrayal of a 43-year-old woman struggling through a difficult divorce.
Robert studied music at Colby College before turning to education. He moved from New Jersey to Colorado where he worked as a teacher and completed a doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado. He works now as an English teacher at OPHS, encouraging unwilling students to trade their iPhones for a story or two Edgar Allan Poe. Sometimes it works.
He is a classical guitarist and a cyclist who was recently named one of Prince William County’s inaugural poets laureate. His goal in this position is to build momentum behind and enthusiasm for creative writing and poetry in the Prince William region.
For more information visit www.robscottbooks.com (warning: some adult content).
Alexandra "Zan" Hailey
Alexandra “Zan” Hailey is an English/Creative Writing major at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. However, Zan’s work in creativity began years before she enrolled in college. Having studied with Gregory Donovan and David Wojahn, she has refined and enriched her poetic voice, and is emerging as one of Virginia’s most talented young writers. As a graduate of Woodbridge High School’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts as well as a veteran of the Northern Virginia Writing Project, Zan has tackled fiction, script, and creative non-fiction projects in addition to her poetry.
A visual artist as well, Zan’s current passion is for ekphrastic writing projects – combining her love for painting and sculpture with her creative writing. Recently, her photography and sculpture was displayed in a First Friday gallery show in conjunction with a course offered by VCU’s Cliff Edwards entitled Van Gogh’s Spiritual Journey. Ekphrastic projects and presentations have given Zan the opportunity – at a young age – not only to continue to refine her creative skills but also to develop her talents as a mentor, teacher, and interdisciplinary artist.
Zan’s poetry has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She won the Sarah Mook Poetry Prize in 2010 and had her non-fiction work featured in Focus Inquiry, a 2012 VCU publication showcasing student work. Recently, Zan has collaborated with VCU’s Blackbird Literary Journal to edit text and photography for online printing and design layouts. She also recorded and photographed the Virginia Festival book session honoring George Garrett.
For more information on Zan's work or to contact her directly, please visit www.zanhailey.com.