Irish-born Michael Scott began writing over twenty-five years ago, and is one of Ireland ‘s most successful and prolific authors, with one hundred titles to his credit, spanning a variety of genres, including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Folklore. He writes for both adults and young adults and is published in thirty-eight countries, in over twenty languages.
He is considered one of the authorities on the folklore of the Celtic lands and is credited with the resurgence of interest in the subject in the mid-1980’s. His collections, Irish Folk & Fairy Tales, Irish Myths & Legends and Irish Ghosts & Hauntings have remained continuously in print for the past twenty years and are now included amongst the definitive and most-quoted works on the subject.
In the United States , the first two volumes of his fantasy trilogy, Silverhand and Silverlight, were published to exceptional reviews, Publishers Weekly declaring “This shows how good fantasy can be.”
Whom The Gods Love, a ground-breaking dark-fantasy set in the hitherto unexplored world of ancient Etruria before the rise of the Roman Empire and The Merchant Prince, an historical fantasy set in the Elizabethan era, give an example of his breadth of writing. The Irish Times called him, “The King of Fantasy in these Isles.”
Michael Scott is an accomplished scriptwriter and headed up the drama department in Tyrone Productions, the creators of Riverdance. He has written for the stage and screen and also created and scripted documentaries and drama for television. He has also scripted high profile events such as the Special Olympics which were held in Ireland in 2002 and the Irish Film and Television Awards.
The Alchemyst was published by Random House in May 2007, followed by The Magician (2008), The Sorceress (2009), The Necromancer (2010) and The Warlock (2011). The final book in the series, The Enchantress, will be published in May 2012. Translation rights have been sold into 38 countries.
Praised for his “unparalleled contribution to children’s literature,” by the Guide to Children’s Books, Michael Scott was the Writer in Residence during Dublin’s tenure as European City of Culture in 1991, and has featured in the 2006 edition of Who’s Who in Ireland as one of “the 1000 most significant Irish.”