If Scott Lewis had been born in the early 1900s, he would have been the kind of person who got himself eaten by tigers on ill-advised expeditions to the depths of the African jungle. Perhaps a small hamlet somewhere in the depths of the Congo would be named after him. However, he was born in Somerset in 1984 – by which time most of the planet (with the exception of a few deep sea trenches, the heart of the Amazonian rainforest and some parts of Grimsby) had already been discovered, mapped, and named.
With becoming a posthumously-famous explorer out of the question he instead turned his hand to journalism, allowing him to combine three of his great passions – travel, writing and photography. In a ten-year career as a freelance journalist he has – among other things – written a travel guide to China’s Sichuan province, edited a Chinese current affairs magazine, and worked for the BBC. In 2012 he turned his hand to fiction writing, and his alternative history Victorian fantasy short stories have appeared in several Bristol anthologies. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his first novel Aetherjack.
Scott lives in Bristol with his partner Claire and a ridiculous collection of board games. When not gallivanting around the world with a notepad, camera and (usually) a lack of sunscreen Scott enjoys studying local folklore and history, fencing (both sport and historical), attempting to stick to a decent exercise regime and collecting vintage Lego. He also has an unusual obsession with pith helmets.