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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

May 19, 2022

Mark interviews E.S. Curry, an insatiable renaissance man who loves writing outside the data stream on a Royal typewriter, listening to classical music on vinyl, and imagining bedtime stories with his son Åsmund.

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During their chat, Mark and Scott talk about:

  • How Scott started writing for himself four years ago after years of doing ghostwriting and working in advertising and marketing
  • The importance of discovering his own voice as a writer and how it took writing over one million words before he found his voice
  • The experience of a being at a "Fred Forward" conference at the Fred Rogers Center and how Fred Rogers talked about the importance of being in a bubble with a child and really engaging and attending to them and that space
  • Getting away to the wilderness with his son Åsmund, unplugging from the digital realm, and really connecting with one another and within nature
  • The desire of parents to want to "write these things down" when experiencing that magical time in their child's life where the fantastical and imagination are such powerful elements
  • Doing their first father/son book signing at Lake Placid
  • Writing on a 1953 Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriter
  • Discovering his own author brand and his persona in the same way that he had to discover his own writer voice
  • The scholarly 1858 expedition known as the Philosopher's Camp
  • Richard Louv's writing, his books The Nature Principal, Last Child in the Woods, and his ideas of a Nature Deficit Disorder
  • Being visited by Ralph Waldo Emerson's ghost in Scott's next book: Camping with Emerson's Ghost
  • Scott being a huge believer in the 3-format author
  • A little bit about Scott's role at Findaway Voices
  • The experience of doing the audio for his first book, including auditioning himself as a potential narrator
  • The importance of having a simultaneous release with multiple formats to maximize your launch marketing effort impact
  • Some of the projects that Scott has been working on outlining
  • Being a big believer in the Rule of 3's
  • Creating book ciphers for his son as well as for marketing
  • And more...

After the interview Mark reflects on Scott's work at writing millions of words before finding his voice, communing with nature, and the tactile experience of writing on a typewriter.


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E.S. Curry is an insatiable renaissance man that loves writing outside the data stream on a Royal typewriter while listening to classical music on vinyl, plays piano and guitar, races his sailing yacht Escapade, fences, and imagines bedtime stories with his son Åsmund.

For over 20 years, he’s worked with iconic brands around the world designing brand strategies and marketing campaigns, including IMG, Arnold Palmer, Olympics, Fashion Week, and numerous non-profit initiatives. He is currently the Marketing Strategist for Findaway Voices, a platform that empowers authors and publishers to create and distribute audiobooks to reach listeners globally.

A former ghostwriter, he published his first book under his own pen name, The Flying Sabuki: A Father-Son Nature Adventure, in 2021. One of the many five-star reviews describes the book as a “Must Read for Parents” and “Curry’s approach to parenting struck a chord with me, as his intentional foundation of love and genuine connection with this child is what I aspire to as a parent. On several occasions, tears streamed down my face…” The follow-up book entitled The Philosophers Ghost: Camping with Ralph Waldo Emerson will be published later this year.

E.S. Curry calls Cleveland, Ohio, and Great Lake Erie his home port. To learn more and sign up for his email list visit


The introductory, end, and bumper music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0