Welcome to my home page and author blog. If you found this site from the links on one of my speciality blogs: Bug Out Survival, Scott’s Boat Pages, or Element II: A Wharram Tiki 26 Catamaran, I hope you will subscribe to my posts here as well. I plan to gradually make this space my main page and post updates to the other sites here first. I will also use this site to post updates about my journey as a writer and to occasionally discuss other topics and ideas that do not fit neatly into the context of the above sites.
I began writing more than 20 years ago to describe my experiences and adventures, especially those related to wilderness and ocean travel. Most of what would later become my second book: On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean, was first scribbled in a notebook each night in my tent by candlelight as I paddled my way south from Florida to the Virgin Islands. A condensed account of that solo kayak trip became my first published work in the form of a feature article for Sea Kayaker magazine in 1990.
I’ve done a lot of other things along the way as well, but have since published seven nonfiction books and one novel, with more currently in the works. I’ve been an avid reader since childhood, and even then I sometimes thought I would like to be a writer. Many of the books I read then had a tremendous influence on my life choices later, inspiring me to live my dreams and try some adventuring of my own. It was inevitable that I would end up writing books, but so much has changed in recent years with the advent of the Internet that writing hardly resembles what I had imagined it to be. In most ways, these changes are for the good of both the reader and the writer.
Today more than ever, it is possible to connect with readers in so many new and interesting ways that I couldn’t imagine not being a writer. Blogging and other forms of digital publishing as well as digital photography and video have made it possible to instantaneously get a message out to readers worldwide. It’s an exciting time to live in and I’m delighted to be able to participate. In my posts here I plan to relate my experiences in all aspects of these new technologies, and look forward to discussing them with other writers, photographers and adventurers with a story to tell. I will discuss the tools of the trade and the ins and outs and ups and downs of finding a niche, connecting with readers and completing projects that sometime seem overwhelming. You are welcome to post your comments and questions on specific posts or you can reach me through email: scott (at) scottbwilliams.com.