Scott William Carter has been a storyteller from a very early age, when his second grade teacher published Sucked Into Zaxxon, the riveting, six-page adventure novel that recounted the exploits of a couple of kids transported into an arcade game. Although nothing he has written since has quite given him the same level of satisfaction as that single edition book made of cardboard, orange fabric, and clear tape, he has never stopped writing. His short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Ellery Queen, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales and other popular magazines, and have been reprinted in a number of collections.
Recently he has turned his attention to novels — even ones longer than six pages. His first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was called “a touching debut” by Publishers Weekly and won the prestigious Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature. His fantasy chronicling the untold story of Pinocchio, Wooden Bones, was published in 2012 by Simon and Schuster and was a selection of the Junior Library Guild. In total, he has published ten novels and over fifty short stories, his fiction spanning a wide variety of genres and styles.
Born in Minnesota and raised in Oregon, he continues to make the lush western part of Oregon his home. He graduated from the University of Oregon with an English degree, mostly because he couldn’t bear to major in anything useful. Among other things, Scott has been a bookstore owner, ski instructor, and computer trainer, but truly realized he was going to make something of his life when he spent four long nights picking beets off a conveyor belt at a cannery. Tolerating his peculiarities on a daily basis are his patient wife, two young children, two indifferent cats, a faithful dog, and thousands of imaginary friends.
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