Scott Evans holds a Master’s in English from the University of California, Davis, and teaches at the University of the Pacific in Central California, including fiction writing and a course titled “Crime, Punishment and Justice” that introduces first-year students to criminology from various perspectives. In the summer, he also teaches legal writing for the King Hall Law School’s Outreach Program at the University of California, Davis. Before returning to California, he taught at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, which is one of the settings in his “literary” murder mysteries.
These thrillers follow the misadventures of a resourceful, but somewhat naïve college instructor named Joseph Lawrence Conrad who, in Tragic Flaws, is accused of a series of brutal crimes and uses ideas from Hamlet set a trap for the real killer. First Folio picks up approximately three years later when Joe receives a box of manuscripts—the handwritten plays of William Shakespeare. The problem is that the handwriting is not Shakespeare’s, and Joe is no Elizabethan scholar. The third book, Sylvia’s Secrets, explores the life and poetry of Sylvia Plath when Joe is beckoned to London to help a colleague determine whether or not Plath’s death was suicide or murder.
Scott has attended Shakespeare authorship conferences and used dozens of books and articles during the four years of research that went into First Folio. He serves as Editor and Publisher of the Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, a journal that has featured work by New York Times best-selling authors John Lescroart and Rick Mofina, as well as Hollywood actor Patrick Kilpatrick. Father of three, he lives in Davis, California, with his wife, Cindy, a cancer survivor to whom the first book, Tragic Flaws, is dedicated. He has published numerous stories and poems, as well as newspaper articles, and was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Lectureship in Southern Literature in Louisiana in 1985. When he is not writing, teaching, scuba diving, or sailing on the San Francisco Bay, you will probably find Scott Evans listening to jazz and sipping a martini at a local bar while chatting about books with fellow writers.