Scott Geisel is the author of the Jackson Flint mystery series, the Appalachian noir suspense novel Miller Knew, and short stories. He lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, one of the coolest small towns in America. The Jackson Flint novels are set in Yellow Springs.
Scott grew up in Ohio and was an avid reader from an early age. He fondly remembers his elementary school classes making weekly trips to the school library where he would exchange books he’d read for new adventures in the books he would find. Some early favorites were The Three Investigator series and Encyclopedia Brown solve-a-mystery books. Later influences include watching The Rockford Files and Magnum, P.I., noting that Magnum narrating the series was a key element of that show.
Scott left home to study physics at a small engineering college. Interests such as a chopper he built from parts and the isolated nature of the school were among distractions that kept him from completing a degree. Scott later completed a degree in math, then went to the blue-color world where he worked in food service, factories, and on loading docks. In his late twenties, he married Pam and returned to college to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities. He has been teaching college writing courses since the mid-1990s.
Scott kept a hand in writing and among other things has published a variety of short stories, been included in Best New Writing, been a finalist for the Hoffer Award, had an audio story aired on NPR station WYSO, and had his work published alongside well-known historical writers in the Kent State University Press anthology Christmas Stories from Ohio.
Scott and his wife often look for books set in places they travel to. One of their first destinations when away from home is bookstores, where they often ask where to find the local authors, especially if there are mysteries set in the locale. When he finally had some time for serious writing, Scott embarked on a series of mystery novels set in his own hometown, starting with Fair Game and Water to Bind. Those have been well received and positively reviewed by sources such as Publishers Weekly. To that series he added the Appalachian noir suspense novel Miller Knew.
The third novel in the Jackson Flint mystery series, Wheat Penny, is scheduled for release in early 2024.