Author Scott J. Holliday is a Detroit native who grew up the youngest of four brothers, the son of a carpenter and a Scottish lass. He’s been a storyteller and avid reader for as far back as he can recall. Scott’s first traditionally published novel, PUNISHMENT, is due for publication in 2018. PUNISHMENT is a psychological thriller, however Scott doesn’t limit himself by genre. He writes historical thrillers (NORMAL), magical realism (STONEFLY), post-apocalyptic thrillers, and more. He currently lives in Michigan with his wife and their young daughters and is working on his next novel.
In Scott’s words:
One time I was asked why I write.
I said, “I have to.”
“Why do you have to?”
I opened my mouth to answer, but nothing came out. It wasn’t until later—pumping gas on the way home, standing outside my car, freezing, no one else around—that I came up with some semblance of an answer. Storytelling is lifeblood for me. I’m not sure what I’d do without it, but I know I wouldn’t be happy. The thrill of the new idea, the challenge of cultivating it into something good, and then something great, and then (hopefully) something amazing. It’s at once joyous and painful, triumphant and heartbreaking.
And it’s a painstaking craft. Don’t let anyone fool you on that. You think you’re done, but you’re not, then you think you are, but you’re not, and then again yes, and then again no… for years. And years. And years.
A good story, like a good anything takes time. It’s a universal law. I learned the hard way. All good writers do. No one just sits down and pounds out great stories from day one. You gotta hurt first. You gotta cry.
In the end, I believe stories are gifts we give each other, little instruction booklets that help us through our lives. I greatly cherish the stories I’ve received, and continue to receive, from excellent storytellers, past and present. I’m grateful to be able to give that gift to others through my own work, which I hope you enjoy; it’s the reason I write.