The artwork, right, was hand-drawn by my friend Christy Jeffcoat-Furem. This is my childhood home in the Big Creek community of south Forsyth County, GA. This house was on my grandfather's hog farm on Brookwood Road. The house and the farm no longer exist.
Scott Douglas Vaughan
Minister, Pirate, Author, Writer, Storyteller
In 2014, I published my first book, Brookwood Road. It's a collection of stories, written as fiction, about a small-town boy's life in north Georgia during the 60s and 70s. I promised to write this book for my dad when we moved from the family farm in 1973.
Follow-up books include Elm Street (2016), which is a collection of short stories inspired by my elementary and junior high school years. In 2018, I published Hickory Trail as the final book in this series. In Hickory Trail, the Wilcox family has completed the move to town and our hero, Frank Wilcox, is now a high school student during the recession of the late 70s.
In 2019, I published The Beauty Queen & The Reporter. This novella tells the story of how Frank Wilcox met his future wife, Vicki Hill.
Through my company, Scott Vaughan Communications, LLC, I help North American churches and faith organizations communicate more effectively.
I teach communication. I preach a little. I teach Bible Studies. I talk about my book projects. I am a conference, retreat and plenary speaker for a variety of organizations across North America.
I tell original stories and some are funny.
About 2005, our church began a Halloween carnival that included a Trunk or Treat. A Trunk or Treat is where volunteers decorate the back of a vehicle - often with a theme - and then children come through in a safe environment for trick-or-treating. Our family decided to join in, and we all dressed up like pirates, and our trunk had a pirate theme. Over the years, it escalated. Vicki and I now own custom-made pirate costumes. We have visited birthday parties and hospitals. I have read from children's pirate books to preschools and elementary school classes.
I do write for others.
I help families tell stories through obituaries and eulogies.
I help businesses, churches and organizations tell stories through website copy that moves people to respond.
I'm a critical reader, too. I can read another person's writing and offer both encouragement and suggestions.
Someone has paid me to write something since I was 12 years old. It wasn't much - about a $1.50 - but it was published in a local newspaper. I've been churning out words for more than 45 years.
I am a native of Cumming, GA - a fantastic, growing community - located about 40 miles north of Atlanta, GA. But, I've lived in Lexington, SC for the past 25 years.
I've been an award-winning newspaper writer, newspaper publisher, advertising executive, vocational minister, professional writer and author at one time or another, including today. I graduated from the University of Georgia, studying journalism and sociology.
I have been married to one beautiful woman, my Vicki, for 33 years. We have four grown sons - Andrew (married to Elizabeth), William (married to Audrey), Richard, and Matthew (married to Anna).
My hobbies including reading history and biography, woodworking, working out, gardening, cooking, and, yep, writing. I'm also an Eagle Scout.