Scott Waldyn was born in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in a seemingly picturesque middle income suburb of the city, Scott learned to analyze life, his surroundings, and whatever was "taught" to him with an air of careful skepticism and incessant questioning. This filters through heavily in his work, as what he sees in society often doesn't appear to match up with what he's told. Forever seeking out the humorous and the odd, he's himself to stripping away the common mantra of reality in exchange for the surreal undercurrent flowing within the shadows.
Some of his major influences in style and prose are Raymond Chandler, Douglas Adams, and James Joyce. In regards to central themes and ideas, Mark Twain, Ken Kesey, H.G. Wells, and Alan Moore weigh heavily on his mind.