KEMBLE SCOTT is the pen name for fiction of SCOTT JAMES, a veteran journalist known for his columns about San Francisco published in The New York Times.
In the world of fiction, he’s the author of the bestselling novels The Sower and SoMa.
He started writing fiction when he moved to San Francisco in 1997 and wanted to capture the outrageous behavior he witnessed in his new neighborhood, South of Market (SoMa). After writing dozens of these tales, he created a home for them online by launching the e-zine SoMaLit, SoMa Literary Review with co-editor Jon Stuber. The site quickly attracted the work of other emerging Bay Area writers and amassed a readership of as many as two million hits per year.
Some of those short stories later inspired his debut novel SoMa. Released by Kensington Books in 2007 it was the first novel launched with videos on YouTube. The videos, coupled with the support of independent booksellers in Northern California, helped SoMa hit the San Francisco Chronicle bestsellers list its first week in stores, and eventually the novel reached number four on that list. SoMa also became the number one bestseller in June 2007 in the Doubleday Book Club’s InsightOutBooks division. In June 2008 SoMa was honored as a finalist for the national Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction.
In May 2009, the first edition of The Sower was released. The decision to premiere the first edition of a new novel as an exclusive e-book received media coverage around the world when it became the first novel sold by tech start-up Scribd.com. In August 2009 the first print edition became available when Numina Press published The Sower in hardcover. For the first print edition, in-stores sales of The Sower were restricted to independent bookstores, the longtime supporters of his work who he called “the cultural curators” of the literary world.
In October 2010, a second digital edition was released: The Sower 2.0. Reimagined and updated by the author with topical references, it is considered the first version 2.0 of a novel.
Kemble/Scott also created and edited the weekly literary newsletter The Lit Guide for four years. An alumnus of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he has three Emmy Awards for his work in television news. He lives in San Francisco.