My name is Scott Semegran and I live in Austin, Texas with my wife, four kids, two cats, and a dog. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English. I'm a writer and a cartoonist. I am a Kindle bestselling author. I can also bend metal with my mind and run really fast, if chased by a pack of wolves. This web site is here to entertain you with my fiction stories, blogs, comic strips, and cartoons. I hope you enjoy my creative work.
My latest book, Sammie & Budgie, is a quirky, mystical tale of a self-doubting IT nerd and his young son, who possesses the gift of foresight. The boy's special ability propels his family on a road trip to visit his ailing grandfather, a prickly man who left an indelible stamp on the father and son. The three are connected through more than genetics, their lives intertwined through dreams, imagination, and longing. The novel explores the bond between a caring father and his children, one affected by his own thorny relationship with his surly father, and the connection he has with his sweet son is thicker than blood, going to the place where dreams are conceived and realized. It is available through CreateSpace and Amazon.com in paperback, as well as various eBook retailers. Check out my Books page for links to buy and download Sammie & Budgie or search for it in your eReader's book store.
"Illustrated throughout by Semegran, this book is the author's best. In these pages, his steadfastly idiosyncratic style really begins to click. An unconventional, beguiling, and endearing family tale." — Kirkus Reviews
Boys is a collection of stories about three boys living in Texas: one growing up, one dreaming, and one fighting to stay alive in the face of destitution and adversity. There's second-grader William, a shy yet imaginative boy who schemes about how to get back at his school-yard bully, Randy. Then there's Sam, a 15-year-old boy who dreams of getting a 1980 Mazda RX-7 for his sixteenth birthday but has to work at a Greek restaurant to fund his dream. Finally, there's Seff, a 21-year-old on the brink of manhood, trying to survive along with his roommate, working as waiters and barely making ends meet. These three stories are told with heart, humor, and an uncompromising look at what it meant to grow up in Texas during the 1980s and 1990s. It is available through CreateSpace and Amazon.com in paperback, as well as various eBook retailers. Check out my Books page for links to buy and download Boys or search for it in your eReader's book store.
"The writing is sharp and unpretentiously thoughtful, and since each of the main characters finds solace in companionship, this is an affecting literary depiction of the comforting power of friendship. Each of the stories can be read on its own, but taken together, they make a coherent, thematic whole, skillfully produced. An endearing collection that deftly captures the need for youthful fellowship." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Verdict: With nary a dull moment, Scott Semegran's BOYS features short stories filled with unexpected nuances that draws readers right into the heart of his well-developed characters." --IndieReader. 5 Stars. IR Approved.
If you like novels, then look for The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood. On his way to New York to celebrate his impending literary success, Simon Burchwood is the prototypical American careerist. But a quick detour to Montgomery, Alabama to visit a childhood friend sends Simon on a bizarre journey, challenging his hopes and dreams of becoming a famous writer. This is a character study that delves into the psyche of a man who desperately tries to redefine himself. Is Simon pompous? Yes. A jerk? Yes. Will you like him? Absolutely! "The book is told entirely from Simon’s viewpoint. Simon is not a very likable guy; as a matter of fact, he is a self-centered, pompous jerk. But for some reason, it’s pretty fun to be inside his head, mainly because he is an inadvertent, oblivious jerk... you will learn Simon’s views on smoking, cleanliness and going to the bathroom, just to name a few. There were times that I laughed out loud... A very good novel that was humorous throughout." 4 and 1/2 Stars - Red Adept Reviews. The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood is available through CreateSpace and Amazon.com in paperback, as well as various eBook retailers. Check out my Books page for links to buy and download my novel or search for it in your eReader's book store. This novel was inducted into the Indie eBook Hall of Fame and also named one of the "5 Best Summer Indie Beach Reads" by the Huffington Post.
"A clever and surprising twist... cutting observations of the writerly demeanor." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Verdict: An ambitious, enjoyable read with a superb ending that changed my interpretation of the entire text." -- Indie Reader
Can't get enough of Simon? His next adventure in The Spectacular Simon Burchwood is available at fine retailers across the internet. Recently divorced and his writing career in shambles, Simon Burchwood's life is a complete disaster. He reluctantly finds work as a computer support technician and resigns that his career as the next great American novelist will never come to fruition. When he learns that his ex-wife abruptly moves to Dallas with his children, he embarks on a crazy road trip with a nerdy coworker and a hitchhiking punk rock girl and discovers the inspiration he desperately needs for his new literary masterpiece. Take another trip with the one and only Simon Burchwood. Check out my Books page for links to buy and download this novel or search for it in your eReader's book store.
Modicum is a collection of short stories, musings, and cartoons by yours truly. It explores such topics as suicide, parenting, religion, masculinity, and the apocalypse. It’s guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and pee your pants (hopefully, not at the same time). "Hilarious, poignant, twisted... and those are just the stories. Scott Semegran's cartoons bring an added one-two visceral punch to a powerful collection of work." - Davy Rothbart, author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas and publisher of FOUND Magazine. It is available through CreateSpace and Amazon.com in paperback, as well as various eBook retailers. Check out my Books page for links to buy and download Modicum or search for it in your eReader's book store.
If you enjoy my comic strips, then I have the thing for you. Mr. Grieves the Book is available through CreateSpace and Amazon.com. It would make the perfect Christmas gift for your grandma... well, only if your grandma smokes two packs of cigarettes a day, drinks a sixer of beer in a sitting, and/or has a potty mouth that would make a sailor blush. Or if she likes silly animals that cuss. Check out my Books page for links to buy and download my novel or search for it in your eReader's book store. Please support independent publishing!
My comic strips have appeared in the following newspapers:
- The Austin Student
- The Funny Times
- The Austin American-Statesman
- Rocky Mountain Bullhorn
- Seven Days
- The University of Texas at Dallas Mercury
- The North Austin Bee
Have fun! Drop me an email if you feel inclined.