In the Spotlight: Dr. Scott Glenn
When I first met the good Doctor I instantly knew he was the real deal. In my work, you meet several people who pretend to be someone. Doctor Glenn is somebody. He has the charisma, wisdom, and heart to make his dreams a reality. And he is doing it! There are plenty of writers out there who dream of their project getting produced. This man chose to do it. No alternatives. No plan B. His dream is a volition, and it is unstoppable. This is why I am delighted to introduce you to a man who can show you what it takes to succeed.
This is Dr. Scott Glenn…
From 1993-1997, I proudly served in the United States Marine Corps participating in Operation Able Vigil (Cuban Refugee Crises) and Operation Uphold Democracy (Port Au Prince Haiti Crises). After serving in the military, I became the assistant football coach for Albright college and Kutztown University in 2010.
After coaching I choose to pursue an MBA in business and a Doctorate in education. I then became an instructor at Pennsylvania State University where I teach marketing and business. I am also a board member of several groups including the Empowering Women’s Engagement Foundation and the Ruddy Group, where I provide insight into cultural and intellectual diversity.
On December 30, 2016, My book, Heroes from Heaven Battle Ground Earth: Good vs. Evil completed a successful Barnes and Noble book tour from the east coast of New York and ending in Burbank, California. The book has been adapted into a screenplay and has won numerous awards including Best Script, Fan favorite, and Best Writer selected by the Christian Film festival, and was selected and nominated 3 times including Best Script by the International Action on Film (AOF) Festival (2018). I was also featured in Hollywood Weekly Magazine in their September 2017 Special Emmy Edition which included many celebrities.
Q: How did you stumble upon writing?
After years of Teaching and going through a rigorous doctoral program, writing became one of my hobbies. After graduate school and the dissertation process, I decided to write educational books in order to help various walks of life. In the process, I thought that I would change my focus from non-fiction to fiction and create a book that could be eventually adapted into a screenplay for a movie. My screenwriting excursion all started with my book being published back in 2016 and even before then. I envisioned the book being a sensation as I wrote it! The book “pulled itself together” and I knew that there was nothing out there like it. Which is why I did not waste time turning the book into a screenplay.
Q: Who/what inspired you into taking this path?
After doing some auditions in Texas under renown Casting Director Stanzi Stokes (The Terminator/Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure), she inspired me to transition my blessed skills from acting to writing. These auditions and encounters with certain entertainment entities had a profound impact on my decision to write a screenplay.
Q: Who was the first person who believed in you?
The first person who had an impact on me as a writer would have to be my junior high English teacher Mrs. Davis. I always enjoyed writing, but she made class fun and interesting and writing was easy to understand. In terms of the book and screenplay Heroes from Heaven, the first person to arouse me was my wife. No Pun intended! As I composed the book, she enjoyed the creation from start to finish as she knew each character and the entire story. When I first started writing it around 2013, I conversed with my wife some of the events that were happening in the United States as well as around the world, and these ideas caused me to write a creative story. Ironically, a few of the events that I wrote about came true a couple years later. In my book I talked about the statues being taken down long before it occurred. The persecution of Religion as well as the mistreatment of women also was emphasized as well.
Q: When was the moment you knew you wanted to be a writer?
After grad school, I had so many ideas in my head about life due to my experiences; I wanted to share some of them with the world. This is when I began to write Heroes From Heaven, I visualized turning the book into an award winning script and major movie. To this day, the process is right on track as the screenplay and book have won numerous awards.
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Q: How do you define success for yourself?
Success to me is finding your God given gifts, using them accordingly and appropriately and helping others along the way but not being a fool in the process! This mentality holds true for all paths that I take.
Q: Give us a typical day in your life
I am an early bird! Getting up early is imperative! I get up on average at 4:00 A.M. and the first thing I do is Pray and read scripture. Then I lift and workout. This is my morning routine before I go to work and teach college classes. I eat lunch sometimes, but usually will have a bottle of water or Gatorade with me to hold myself together! Oh yeah! Pop Corn as well! I love Pop Corn!
During the day I am usually teaching, preparing to teach, or reading and or studying various topics including the Bible. Later in the day is quality time with my wife to read, go out to a movie or an event, or simply watch a good documentary, football, and especially America’s Got Talent.
Before I go to bed, I pray and then reflect on the day to learn from my mistakes and how I can make various aspects of life better for myself and others.
Q: How do define a successful day?
A successful day is one that involved sharing appropriate love with others and using my God given gifts to do right while living abundantly.
Q: What’s been the most important skill you've developed on your path to writing?
The most imperative skill I have developed on my path to screenwriting is listening to the suggestions of others input in order to get diverse and amazing ideas.
Q: What’s been the greatest challenge in your writing so far?
Some of the challenges in my writing thus far involve coming to a happy medium in terms of suggestions from others without changing one’s own story and meaning can be troublesome at times, and trusting some who say they want to see the screenplay do well when in all reality it is about their own self –interest. Overall, the challenges which can be a blessing in disguise are all great learning experiences.
Q: What’s been the greatest reward in the choices you've made?
The greatest reward and choices that I have made in terms of screenwriting and being a novelist are the people I have encountered. Writing is a true blessing, but interacting appropriately with the people, places, and situations is amazing. Nonetheless, I do provide the benefit of the doubt and trust and continue to learn from my peers in terms of writing. Once again, comprehending diversity and how each individuals input can enhance a story is sound advice.
Q: What do you want to learn from a community of your peers?
As I continue this journey, I want to continue to learn from my peers the various nuances of writing and the relationship it has with the entertainment world.