Scott C Lyerly was born in Washington, D.C. and raised just over the state line in Maryland. After graduating from the Univeristy of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English Literature, he moved to Massachusetts where he currently resides with his family.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Silver Spring, MD, just over the line from Washington, DC. Growing up in the DC-metro area didn't really influence my writing in any great way. However, I'm currently working on a hard-boiled detective novel that's set in Worcester, MA, which is near to where I currently reside, and I'm finding that Worcester is influencing my crime writing a great deal.
What do you read for pleasure?
That's a hard question to answer. I'll read just about anything if the topic interests me. And, like most book lovers I know, I'm never reading just one book at a time. I'm usually reading three or four at a pop. Right now I'm deep into Robert B Parker's Spencer series. I picked up one on a trip out to Indiana and I've been inhaling them ever since. I also enjoy Young Adult Fantasy sci-fi and fantasy books. I've just started the "Maze Runner", which a few people have recommended to me very highly. But recently I've also finished"The Goal" by Eliyahu Goldratt (a fantastic business book!) and I'm working my way through "The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook" by Jerry Manas. Granted, this last one is for work, but I'm finding it interesting and relevant to what I do. So my interests are all over the map.
In a future not so distant from our present, a servant class of robots and machines are manufactured for the sole purpose of serving humanity? What happens when one machine subverts its programming to gain the love of a human?