Welcome to the website of MC Scott, aka Manda Scott: novelist, columnist and broadcaster. Mostly the former, it has to
be said, but that’s always what takes up the most time. It takes a year to write a book and a week to read it and this is what keeps us on the lookout always for better, more engaging, more
Because books are about inspiration. They’re about letting small parts of ourselves free into the dreams of other worlds to explore other ways of being.
As George RR Martin so neatly puts it: ‘A man who reads lives a thousand lives before he dies. A man who never reads, lives only one.’ Extending that to the whole of humanity, welcome, to the world of many lives: what I write, and what you read will always be different, but somewhere in the middle is a meeting of minds where together, we create new ways of being - and some of them, may help us navigate our route through the dream we call reality.
I was a veterinary surgeon before I became a writer: I grew up in the James Herriot era and naively thought it was possible to do both well. It took me ten years of veterinary work before I began to write properly and another five before I gave up the day job for good. And it has been good: whatever anyone else tells you, writing is the best job in the world. Where else would it be possible to sit at a desk imagining the world as it might have been, could have been – occasionally as I would like it to have been – and be paid for those imaginings. Language is the core of what makes us human and the freedom to play with it, to mould it, to make new sentences that have never been formed before: it’s sheer heaven. And yes, you can remind me of that when I’m sweating a deadline and thinking life was simpler when I had random strangers phoning me at four in the morning and telling me to get out of bed.
In the beginning, I wrote crime thrillers: what else do you do if you’re in a veterinary clinic and haven’t got time for research. The first three made a series, the fourth stood alone and both went down well: I had a career as a crime writer, and a lot of friends in the Crime Writers’ Association. Then I had a nudge to write the Boudica series. Originally conceived as a trilogy, it became a tetralogy (or a quartet, if you prefer) and the rest, as they say, is history. Four Boudica: Dreaming, translated worldwide, four ROME espionage thrillers – there’s something utterly captivating about ancient world spies – and now Jeanne d’Arc: I think I know who she was and it definitely wasn’t a peasant girl from Bar who happened to have skills with a lance. There’s a thriller in the pipelines and ideas for short stories, plays, films, television series and a mini radio operetta: that wasn’t my idea, I was just asked to help write it – you see? Writing is the very best job in the world.
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Welcome to the world of shamanic dreaming.
This is where reality diverges, the one you have been used to, and the one that actually exists. This is where boundaries shift, and keep on shifting. This is where we find out that Douglas Adams was right, and the Total Perspective Vortex is generally a pretty scary thing. But there’s help. Which is rather the point. Shamanic practice is about asking for help and what sets the trained apart from the untrained is that the former know who to ask, how to ask, how to get to there, how to get back, and how to integrate the results into their everyday lives. Because living *this* life, fully, is what it’s all about. That and learning to die with full awareness.
In early October 2010, a group of writers got together and formed the Historical Writers’ Association – the HWA.
This grew from the belief that we as historical writers need to have the same kind of professional body run by professional writers for professional writers (and their agents and publishers) to sustain, promote and support each other and our work in the way that the Crime Writers’ Association supports writers of crime fiction and non-fiction.
Our initial plans involve a Festival of Historical Writing to be held in conjunction with Historic England’s Festival of History at Kelmarsh.
We will move towards finding sponsorship for historical prizes, and organise social events similar to the CWA, plus alternatives as our members see fit: in the era of electronic networking, a great deal is being achieved already online.
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ROME: THE ART OF WAR
AD79: The Year of the Four Emperors. Since Nero's suicide, three emperors have ruled in Rome and a fourth, Vespasian, has been named in the east.
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@hare_wood @dumphimlove You are officially my favourite reader of the week! So glad you enjoyed it...
@hare_wood @stealthmind Thank you for the follow - can't have too many Roman historians on the list... What do you read/write?
Women of the Ancient World, collected by the @ScottishBookTrust - hugely honoured to be in this company:
"It was heading towards Telford..." on their own status.
Guys - I'm really sorry to say that the 555 page book tour has failed completely: the book got to Christmas and was lost in the post - so somebody somewhere (or a sorting office somewhere) currently has the copy with half a dozen signatures in it. If it appears on ebay, I want to be the first (or at least the second) to know... :(
I toyed with starting again, but the second factor in the failure was my assumption that people would sign it and send it within a day of getting it - that would mean at an average of 48 hours each, plus a day's postage 1665 days out, which is around four years.
What actually happened was an average of three weeks each, plus several more days in the post which would have left us at over 40 years in transit and our children would be left wondering what the heck it was all about.
So with great sadness, I think we have to stop. Given the fact that some of you paid to post it - and some to South Africa) if you contact me off list with your address, I'll send you a signed first edition in recompense - and think of something else to do for a charitable cause with the next hardback.
And Oakham Library Event on World Book Night:
Thursday night - our first Book and Poem Group: View Link
We'll be reading Robert Ryan's. 'Dead Man's Land' (@robtryan)
"Will do!" on their own link.
"I'd like to think so -..." on their own link.
Oh... If I weren't a writer, this is what I would do:
"Thanks Nathan Welch... I was..." on Marsha Welk Peretti's post on MC Scott's wall.
This is 12th March - In Peterborough... book it now: View Link
"not yet, still in the editing..." on Rodger Goodall's post on MC Scott's wall.
Do you have a release date on your new book yet?
The Solstice Blog Hop: View Link
"Thank you - it was a fun..." on Pete Simpson's post on MC Scott's wall.
Thanks for an amazing talk at Bristol Museum and signing books too.
"Sure will - I'll be bringing my..." on their own status.
Thanks to all who came to Wellington last night. Next event is in BRISTOL at the museum on the 19th with Ben Kane.
I'll be at Wellington Literary Festival this evening, at the civic centre, from 7:00 talking about #Boudica and #Jeanned'Arc
"There's something particularly..." on their own status.
Sent the 2nd draft at 08:00 this morning. Now gearing up for #harrogatehistoryfestival, but also starting to redraft ABSOLUTION, the contemporary thriller. Life is good... :)
Finished the 2nd draft of the Jeanne d'Arc book. Will hand in tomorrow.... life is good. :)
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