It’s been years since Colleen Scott lived in Amherst. But she still remembers her roots.
“Being brought up in a small town that valued family and nurturing one another definitely contributed to who I am today,” said the Steele High School graduate, who recently published her first novel, “Misconceptions.”
The suspense novel features protagonist Dominique Sherwood, an intrepid TV reporter who goes undercover as a social worker to investigate a mysterious drop in the national birth rate everywhere except in southern Ohio.
Dominique soon finds herself embroiled in the underworld of black market adoptions. Her investigation heats up when Dr. Joseph Armstrong enters the scene.
“Every good story has a touch of romance,” said Scott via telephone from her Marysville, Ohio, home.
Scott’s novel pulls the reader into the intrigue. “Dominique follows the trail into the dangerous underworld of black-market adoptions as Joe and his family are unwittingly drawn into the web of deceit and murder,” reads the book’s synopsis. “And when the truth comes out, more than just her story is on the line.”
Scott’s book, dubbed a Christian-fiction romantic-suspense tale, is published by Castle Gate Press.
“There are elements of faith woven throughout,” Scott explained. “My faith is everything to me. It just motivates me to write, to live, and for everything.”
Scott home-schooled her four children, two of whom are still in high school. She has been instrumental with her home school group’s fall drama productions for the past nine years. The productions started in a small barn and now fill the local tech center auditorium.
“Everything I have passed on was from my experience in Amherst with Dave Cotton from summer theater and also high school,” said Scott, who graduated in 1983. She still returns to the Amherst area frequently to visit her mother, Raynelle Galvin.
Her advice to would-be writers and novelists: Write about something you care about; write every day and find a friend or group with whom to share your work for constructive feedback.
For more information about her book, check out www.colleenscottfiction.com.
Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.