Ronald Bruce Scott
Ronald B. Scott, who writes under the pen name of RB Scott, is the author of two books released in late 2011 and early 2012 and has completed work on a third book, a novel entitled "The Mending" due out in 2016.
His independent biographical profile of presidential candidate W. Mitt Romney ("Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics”) was released in October of 2011. Scott’s debut novel ("Closing Circles: Trapped in the Everlasting Mormon Moment") arrived in January of 2012. Closing Circles was described by its publisher, Gray Dog Press, as “a big, complicated, ground-breaking debut novel about convoluted personal relationships and conflicts in contemporary Mormon culture.”
Scott was a staff reporter and writer for many of Time, Inc.’s magazines, including Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated. He was part of the small editorial team that founded Time’s eminently successful People Magazine in 1974. His freelance pieces have been published by many leading newspapers and magazines. He is a contributor to the “Cognoscenti” group at WBUR public radio in Boston.
In late 2005, Scott was the first journalist to note that as Mitt Romney prepared to run for president he abruptly changed his position on abortion and seemed to adjust his stance on gay rights by opposing same- sex marriage. In the run-up to the 2008 primary election season, Scott’s 2005 profile of Romney in Sunstone Magazine was quoted or used as primary source material on Romney’s political history by many leading news organizations.
In the process of researching the Romney book, Scott discovered he, too, is a distant cousin to Romney and the other Mormon presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman. “It is a classic Mormon arrangement,” Scott laughs. “We share the same great-great-grandfather, but different great-great-grandmothers.”
The novel “Closing Circles” is the first of a tetralogy – Scott calls it “The Mormon Quad” – of intimate, engaging and frequently irascible and irreverent perspectives on the Mormon culture.
Critics of Scott’s debut novel noted that his voice and approach seems heavily influenced by Philip Roth, John Cheever and John Irving. One critic wrote: “Trouble is, [the protagonist], real or imagined, is quite amazing. I love his character; I sympathize, empathize at times with him; his storytelling is riveting; his brutal candor honest and convincing (though as hilarious as I find his discussion of Old George [the nickname for the protagonist's privates], I could get by with a little less). He has great, original language: “mind changers” is a term I have entered into my personal lexicon!”
Scott was born, raised and educated in Salt Lake City (The University of Utah), but lived on the east coast (New York City and Boston) for more than 40 years. In June of 2013, the Scotts relocated to San Francisco where his wife is a senior officer of an international investment and industrial property development firm.
Press and Media Mentions
- New York Review of Books review of Mitt Romney biography
- On The Issues review of Mitt Romney biography
- Washington Times review of Romney biography (November, 2011)
- ABC (Australia) interview with R.B. Scott
- NPR quote extensively from Romney biography
- CNN (Soledad O'Brien ) interviews Scott
- NPR (Julie Rovner) interviews Scott
- City Weekley (Salt Lake City) reviews Romney biography (10/27/2011)
- Closing Circles review
- Closing Circles review in The Examiner (Brian Triplett)