If Scott Lewis had been alive in the 1920's, he'd have been the kind of person who'd get eaten by tigers on ill-advised expeditions into the uncharted depths of the African jungle. Perhaps a river or a small hamlet somewhere in the Congo would have been named after him.
Instead, he was born some sixty-odd years later, when most places on Earth (with the exception of deep sea trenches, most of the Amazon and some parts of Grimsby) had already been discovered, mapped, and named. With becoming a posthumously-famous explorer no longer a viable career option, he decided to become a journalist instead.
Bitten by the travel bug early in his teens Scott travelled extensively, visiting much of Continental Europe and the United States. One of these trips included a three-week Greyhound bus journey from Philadelphia to San Francisco in which he witnessed a duelling banjos competition, almost got involved in a gang shootout in Los Angeles, and got stranded at a closed Pilot service station during a thunderstorm on the Arizona flats.
After obtaining his degree in Journalism from the University of Sunderland (during which time he worked for both the Sunderland Echo and BBC Somerset), Scott moved to China, where he wrote his first book - a travel guide to Sichuan province. If you poke around hard enough on this site, you may find a link from which you can purchase it. He also spent far too much time backpacking - to date he has visited 13 of China's 23 provinces.
While waiting for Sichuan: The Spice of Life to be published Scott took up the role of editor-in-chief at Bilingual Time, China's largest bilingual current affairs and cultural education magazine. Through this he got to meet and interview many new and interesting people, including Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
He's not in China any more, though he may go back there some day. At the moment he scrapes a living as a freelance reporter/editor in the United Kingdom, where he's living until the itchy feet and wanderlust call to him again. He's also currently working on his second book. He has had work published by the BBC and in several newspapers and magazines.
Scott specialises in travel, politics, and technology writing, but has turned his hand to most subjects in the past. When not busy putting pen to paper he enjoys rugby, photography,fencing, swimming, reading, playing board and roleplaying games and spending far too much time on the internet.