During the day, Scott Wade, a senior advisor for the oversight of environmental management activities at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), writes on issues related to his work. At night, however, he becomes Scott Alan Wade—a published author penning action thrillers and young adult romances with a supernatural twist.
“I don’t think [Stacy, his wife] saw me as the romantic writer type,” notes Wade. “Growing up I read a lot of both science fiction and supernatural novels, and have always found those genres appealing. By the way, my wife thinks it’s funny that my first book, while being a supernatural thriller, was also a romance.”
While Wade always had a strong imagination and an interest in writing, it was difficult finding the time to devote to his art. He started his first manuscript—a vampire novel—while riding the commuter bus to and from the NNSS in the early 1990s. Writing long-hand on a pad of paper, he never finished that manuscript but its overall plot – a vampire amidst the casinos of Las Vegas – appealed to him. The subject later became the basis for his successful second novel.
If some ghastly monster is chasing you through the night, should you prevail in the fight and it collapses motionless onto the ground, don’t turn your back to it and walk away. It’s not dead. It’s never dead!
The “supernatural” genre Wade writes lets him create a reality where things that go ‘bump in the night’ can live together with humans, including werewolves, vampires and zombies. “It’s appealing for the creativity it gives you,” he says. “For example, I have a really cool idea for a ghost story set in a Las Vegas casino. I’ve written a chapter on that idea and plan to fully develop the concept. Plus, I have a somewhat twisted idea about mind control experiments gone awry. There also may be an alien or two in that story.”
In his early days as a writer, Wade was no stranger to rejection as a part of the process. He has seen his fair share of “no thank you” letters from a host of publishing houses. He spent several years pushing his first book and, after the rejections piled up, he eventually put it on the shelf. Learning from that experience, he wrote a second manuscript, which was eventually published.
With the success of the second book, he was able to retrieve his initial book from the shelf and it too was published. His published work has been recognized with award nominations, although he is awaiting his prize.
“The greatest compliment for my writing was when ‘Midland’ was nominated as a young adult novel of the year. It didn’t win, but it was great recognition,” he says. “Oh, and one more thing: if some ghastly monster is chasing you through the night, should you prevail in the fight and it collapses motionless onto the ground, don’t turn your back to it and walk away. It’s not dead. It’s never dead!”