Scott was born in Fountain Valley, California in 1971. He conceived Octopus Ink Press when a shark attacked him while he was scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. He was saved when a giant octopus enveloped him in a cloud of black ink. By the time visibility had returned, the shark and the octopus were gone. Scott used the ink that had saved his life to pen his first book, Silly the Seed.
When asked why he writes for children, he said, “Because anything’s possible in the mind of a child. Tables can walk and talk, French fries can refuse to be eaten, your socks can complain that your feet stink. For me that’s fun.”
In addition to writing, reading, and playing the harmonica, Scott spends his time taming lions, chasing (and catching) tornadoes, and training his pet cat in the art of pillow fighting.