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Miriam Van Scott

Available NOW on Pre-Order: BANDUN GATE
Encyclopedia of Hell
Encyclopedia of Heaven
Song of Old
Boomer's Criss-Cross Christmas 
Shakespeare Goes Pop! Series


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Encyclopedia of Hell

Boomer's Criss-Cross Christmas

Song of Old

An Advent Calendar for the Spirit

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Bandun Gate

Shakespeare Goes Pop!

Hollywood Edition

Shakespeare Goes Pop!

Sports Edition



With entries ranging from Dante's Inferno to the 1994 film noir Dark Angel: The Ascent, Van Scott's hellacious handbook entertains as it guides readers through a cultural history of Hell."

Publisher's Weekly 

With lush, colorful illustrations and funny details, this story (Boomer's Criss-Cross Christmas) teaches as well as it entertains. A must for storytelling around the holidays."

Lisa RojanyBuccieri, Writing Children's Books for Dummies

Song of Old: An Advent Calendar for the Spirit is a well-written and structured book, adapting traditional Advent calendars, with short reflective passages."

Writer's Digest
23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards

"Encyclopedia of Heaven's careful research shows in the clear portrayal of ancient mythologies, organized religions, and secular works of art and literature through the ages. A helpful, accessible, entertaining addition to all public library reference collections; highly recommended for all libraries.”

“Thank you so much (for appearing on The Suze Orman Show.) I got your books and they're great! The piece is terrific.”

“We are excited to let you know your story The

Bon Jovi Challenge which appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes will be featured on the CSS podcast. Thanks for being part of the CSS family. You know how much we love your stories.”

Leroy Hommerding,
The Library Journal

Suzanne Semilof
The Suze Orman

D'ette Corona, VP, Associate Producer,
Chicken Soup
for the Soul 


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Thanks for checking out my webpage!


I live in Charleston, SC now but was born in Washington, DC and raised in Northern Virginia. I attended George Washington University and George Mason, earning a B.A. in Journalism in 1992.

I started my career working in Public Relations for private corporations and government agencies, and worked as a photojournalist for the Fairfax Journal, Manassas Journal Messenger and Prince William Junction News. 

Some of my favorite early gigs included running site PR for the very first Lollapalooza Tour in 1991, and interviewing Watergate mastermind G. Gordon Liddy. 

After the publication of my first book in 1998, I became a full-time freelance writer. My articles and photos have appeared in over 30 publications ranging from Good Housekeeping Magazine to the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, tv show and podcasts. I've provided content to The History Channel, Sy-Fy, The Learning Channel,  ABC News,  Paramount Entertainment Group, Media General and many others. 


My debut novel BANDUN GATE, a fact-inspired horror story set along Charleston's haunted shores, comes out January 31, 2022 from darkstroke books.  


Upcoming Events

  • Bandun Gate Amazon Pre-Order
    Nov 05, 2021, 8:00 AM – Jan 31, 2022, 12:00 PM
    When I wrote a book about Hell, I never dreamed the demons would come after me. Will help from an exorcist, a former cult member, a root doctor and other paranormal sources be enough to stop the evil, or will saving my family require a blood sacrifice?


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