The Manor
September 1, 2004
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Scott Nicholson

Who Scott Thinks He Is Boone, NC, author Scott Nicholson has published novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction magazine articles, and has written three screenplays. He works as a newspaper reporter and won three North Carolina Press Association awards. He's had the usual collection of odd jobs: dishwasher, carpenter, painter, musician, baseball card dealer, and radio announcer. Now he haphazardly trades words for beans and uses "haphazardly" as often as possible.

Nicholson’s first novel “The Red Church,” inspired by legends surrounding a haunted Appalachian church near his home, was a Stoker Award finalist and an alternate selection of the Mystery Guild. “The Harvest” is an alien infection tale that’s an allegory for the development of the mountains, and “The Manor” is set at a haunted artists’ retreat and exploits Appalachian folk beliefs. “The Home” was inspired by the death of a child at a nearby group home for troubled children, informed by Nicholson's own forgettable childhood. "The Farm" is based on the little farm community where he moved in 2004 and became a serious organic gardener and libertarian.

Nicholson has published about 50 stories in six different countries, including the collection “Thank You For The Flowers.” Nicholson won the grand prize in the international Writers of the Future contest in 1999. That same year, he was first runner-up for the Darrell Award. He studied Creative Writing at Appalachian State University and UNC-Chapel Hill. He recently finished a term as Secretary for the southeastern chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

Unfortunately, they never taught him to write: he had 105 rejections before his first story sale and over 400 before he sold a novel. He hasn't learned much from his mistakes but thinks he'll probably get better at that with practice.

Nicholson has published numerous articles on writing and his publishing experiences, and his website features author interviews, articles, and fiction excerpts. Bad relationship advice. Humor. Gardening tips. Sublimal tricks to sell his books. That sort of thing.

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