I was born in Portland, Oregon in 1951 and grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho. I’ve earned degrees from Stanford University and the University of Washington, and have worked—full– or, as currently, part–time—as a lawyer since 1976.
My interest in creative writing predates the start of my first novel, Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge (2012), which was thirty years in the making. At present, I’m pleased to be riding a robust wave of creative energy. It has been a long time coming, but it’s here now, and I feel blessed to have the time and capacity to make the most of it.
As passionate as I am about writing, I am even more passionate about an idea that came to me out of the blue in 1985, following a trip to the former Soviet Union. This is the notion that the moral dimension in human interactions and behaviors—how we treat one another—is shaped as much by “the content of our awareness of other” as by those rules, mores, symbolical thoughts, religious tenets, prescriptions, and what not, that we call our own, or that we embrace throughout our lives. Yes, I know that’s a mouthful! At its core, though, is this idea: that human beings—all of us—are both different and the same (we are made up of both human differences and human “samenesses”); that, when we encounter one another, we are (for very natural reasons) drawn to and mesmerized by the human differences we see in “other” (including some that we share); and that, for a whole host of reasons, we formulate our moral commitments to “other” based exclusively on “difference awareness”: my family, my tribe, my ethnic group, my nation. The content of our awareness of other, in other words, which gives rise to the moral impulse, is difference awareness alone, not a combination of difference awareness and “sameness awareness.” The compassionate impulse, which is the fruit of sameness awareness, is lost.
This is more than can be conveyed adequately in a paragraph. You’ll find this theme developed in Jason McQuade’s closing argument in Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge, and again in “The Sanori Flag Debate,” the appendix to my second novel, Dimension M (2013). It is a dominant theme in my own life, as well. In 1999, I founded the Companion Flag Project to elevate and sustain public awareness of all that human beings have in common, their differences notwithstanding. I have traveled throughout the world introducing the companion flag idea, and the companion flag, a symbol of all that human beings have in common, has been adopted at schools and universities in over fifteen countries.
I have four children and six grandchildren. My wife, Rochelle Wyatt, is a talented Seattle-area actress. Since 2009, we have lived in a beautiful cabin-like home overlooking Lake Sammamish, fifteen miles east of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
E-mail me at scottwyattauthor (one word) at gmail (dot) com.