|Amber Scott Contributor|
I've been a gamer and writer pretty much since I could read, and around 2004 I started writing articles for Dragon & Dungeon magazine under Paizo's guardianship. When Paizo made Pathfinder, I told them I loved working with them and would like to continue to support their company.
I mainly wrote game material for Pathfinder, but I've always wanted to be a fiction writer (which sounds funny because game material is obviously fiction, but, you know what I mean). James Sutter asked me to write an installment of the first Pathfinder Journal series with Eando Kline. Later, a writer was forced to withdraw at the last minute and Sutter asked if I would fill in, so I wound up with two stories in that series.
I asked James about writing a novel around that time, but he wanted me to have a bit more experience first. I wrote two more short stories for the web fiction feature, and also sold a few pieces of my own to other markets. Then I was offered the six-part Pathfinder journal for Mummy's Mask, which I was so excited to do. The characters really came to life for me and James gave me a fairly free hand with the stories. I'd just finished them up when Adam Daigle took over the Pathfinder journal feature and asked me to write the series for Iron Gods, which again I was happy to do.
All that work must have been enough to convince James I've got novel-writing chops, because I'm working on my first novel for the Pathfinder Tales line now. :)