Scott Smith (author)

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Scott Smith

Scott Bechtel Smith (born July 13, 1965) is an American author and screenwriter, who has published two novels, A Simple Plan and The Ruins. His screen adaptation of A Simple Plan earned him an Academy Award nomination. The screenplay won a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and a National Board of Review Award.

Smith was born in Summit, New Jersey in 1965 and moved to Toledo, Ohio as a child.[1] After graduating from Dartmouth College and from Columbia University with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing, he took up writing full-time.

His second novel, The Ruins, was also adapted into a film, released on April 4, 2008. Stephen King called it "the best horror novel of the new century." King had also called A Simple Plan "simply the best suspense novel of the year."

In 2016 it was announced that TNT had greenlit a pilot for "Civil", a new TV series created by Smith about a second American Civil War following a hotly contested presidential election.[2]

Early life[edit]

Smith is the son of Linda and Doug Smith. He told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reviewer Regis Behe that, as a child, he read his father's "castoffs," the novels of Clive Cussler and Jack Higgins. "Growing up, I also read Ray Bradbury and Stephen King," he said. "I just had a sense of how to create these places that aren't real world places, but just with this provisional attachment to the real world. It is very much of your imagination, and I felt very much I could do that."[3]



  • A Simple Plan (1993), ISBN 0-312-95271-6
  • The Ruins (2006), ISBN 1-4000-4387-5

Short Stories[edit]


  • Italian by Mario Biondi, "Un piano semplice", Rizzoli, 1993
  • Slovakian (by Katarína Jusková): Ruiny. - Bratislava : Ikar 2006. ISBN 978-80-551-1369-2
  • Swedish by Olov Hyllienmark "Ruinerna"
  • Danish by Henrik Enemark Sørensen
  • Polish by Jan Kraśko - "Prosty Plan"



  1. ^ Prince, Tom. "Brief Lives: Making a Killing," New York, August 30, 1993, p. 48. Accessed February 20, 2011.
  2. ^ The Hollywood Reporter [1] "TNT Picks Up Young Shakespeare Series, Orders Modern Civil War Drama Pilot"
  3. ^ Behe, Regis (July 23, 2006). "Author Infuses The Ruins with Social Commentary". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pittsburgh: Tribune-Review Publishing Company.
  4. ^ "Open City #20 – Homecoming". Open City. Retrieved 2018-04-17.

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