AM Scott
AM Scott

Tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Thanks for having me! Writing SF is a second career for me, my first was twenty years in the US Air Force, in the space operations field. I ‘flew’ GPS satellites, tracked all the junk in space, ran an experimental missile program, the high altitude balloon program (no, there’s no aliens at Roswell) and did whole lot of boring paperwork. I’m also a volunteer leader for Team Rubicon, a veteran-led volunteer disaster response organization.

Briefly describe your writing day.

I start writing at about 7 am every morning. I write at a standing desk “with” two other writers in a chat room. We do 25-minute sprints, then chat for 5 minutes, until 10 or 11 am. A good writing day for me is about 2000 words, although some days are better than others. After lunch, I usually work on marketing, then I work out or work on our property (we live on ten treed acres in Montana) then I might edit a different piece or go back to administrivia tasks. In the evenings, I read writing craft books, SF, or romance.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like to put references to popular SF in my novels. For example, my main character’s cover story: she is researching filk. That lets me put little SF pop culture things in the writing.

Do you have a secret talent readers would be surprised by?

I sing and play guitar, mostly in church. We do formal four-part pieces in a large choir once or twice a month, then in small groups and solo for other services. I’m trying to learn to play bass, but haven’t had much time over the last year.

In your view, who are the best science fiction writers?

My very favorite writers are Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Inventive universe and beautiful writing!

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Covers. My covers attract attention I might not otherwise get.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Space battles are the hardest, because I want to describe them well, but not bore people to death. I try to stay somewhat realistic too—no gravity bombs in space!

Do you frequent any conventions? What is your favorite or home convention?

The only one I attend right now is MisCon, in Missoula, MT, just up the road from me. It’s a small con and lots of fun. I hope to get to more this year!

Trek or Wars?


How long have you been writing?

I’ve only been writing for five years and published my first novel last May. I started out writing romantic suspense and I’ll probably publish those books in the next year or two. I started my Space Opera series when I saw a tweet from NASA about a deep space clock, a GPS capability for deep space probes. I started thinking about how ‘folding’ space would really work. If we could fold space, wouldn’t we need to know what time we were folding to? Otherwise, we might travel through time or simply disappear. The story unfolded from there—I simply couldn’t stop writing.

What do you love about space opera? Did you start in this genre or just find yourself in it?

I’ve always loved space opera. One of the first books I read, I think I was 11 or 12, was Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. I loved it! And EE “Doc” Smith’s Lensmen Series was wonderful. It now seems terribly sexist, but it was progressive when he wrote in the 1930s. I was so happy when I got my idea—space opera is what I wanted to write.

Tell us about your latest release?

I just released my fourth novel! Lightwave: Lost, Folding Space Series 4.0, came out February 21st. The series follow Saree, the only human fold clock maintainer and the crew of Lightwave.

Last What are you dying to tell me or talk about?

Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll get a free novella. Lightwave: Nexus Station is a prequel, and it’s got a little more romance than the series, but you’ll get a feel for my style. I hope you enjoy it!

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