Born in Cleveland, Scott Lax graduated with a B.A. in English from Hiram College. Before he became a full-time writer and educator, Scott was a salesman, as well as a professional drummer who drummed with Bo Diddley, among many other musicians. Scott teaches creative writing at Hiram College, and at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. In 2014, The Midwest Book Review deemed Scott, “A master wordsmith of the first order.” Scott has been the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction and the Sewanee Writers Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Fiction.
Scott is the author of two novels, “Vengeance Follows,” called “A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature” by the Midwest Book Review, and “The Year That Trembled,” which was named one of 1998’s Milestones in Fiction by the Denver Post. He's also an award-winning short story writer, a produced playwright, an award-winning nonfiction essayist, columnist and features writer and a film and television writer.
Scott was awarded four first-place international film festival awards for his role as source-writer and producer for “The Year That Trembled,” a feature film based on his novel. The Boston Herald said of the film, “Memorable... beautifully reflects the depth of experience of the late 60’s and early 70’s... a touching glimpse into the lives of young people enmeshed in the political and emotional climate of the times.”
Residing in the Chagrin Valley in Ohio with his wife, Lydia, his 4-year-old son, Finn Scott and 16-year-old stepson, Angus, Scott is currently working on a screenplay as well as a nonfiction book set during World War II.