I will be having a book signing at my hometown of LaRue, Ohio on May 14th and September 10th of 2016. They are having a lot going on so come on over.

I will be giving a speech about writing at the Mansfield Library on October 21st at 6:30. If you want to know what I will be talking about it will be The Mansfield Killings. I will try not to bore you and will keep it brief.

I will be doing a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Ontario, Ohio on August 22, 2015. It will be going on from noon to 4 o'clock. Come on down. If you don't want my books I'm sure you'll find something down there.

On May 9th I will be doing a book signing at Main Street Books from 1 to 3 o'clock.

I will be doing a book signing at the Lutheran Church on Cook Road. It will be on April 19th between services.

The Ohio Reformatory here in Mansfield is having a holiday event for the first time ever. It will be happening most of the month of December, and I will be doing a book signing on The Mansfield Killings out there December 13 and the 20th from 1to3. Come on out and have some fun. The people out there are incredible.
I will be doing a book signing at Main Street Books in downtown Mansfield on December 6th from 1:00 to 3:00. Come on down and support Main Street Books.
I will be signing The Mansfield Killings at the Ohio Reformatory on August 30th and 31st from 1:00 to 3:00. This will be a big one. It's the 20th anniversary of the opening of the movie, Shawshank Redemption. Last year was the 20th anniversary of the making of the movie. I was there signing over a 100 books! Would have sold more but we ran out! What an incredible 2 days and they are telling me that this one will be bigger!
Another book signing August 16th at the Marion Library. The time will be posted later.

I will be having a book signing at Mani Street Books August 9th. Will let you know the time a bit later on.

I will have a book signing at the Luthern Church between services on July 13th. 

I have a book signing at the Ohio Reformatory 1:00 June 14th and 15 th. We will only be selling The Mansfield Killings.

I will be interviewed by a radio station Saturday night, February 22nd at 10:00. If you aren't doing anything, listen in.

I have a book signing in downtown Marion on at the Popcorn Museum on December 7th between 1:00 and 4:00. Come see me there. At least take the time to see the museum. It's pretty neat.

I have a book signing of The Mansfield Killings at Main Street Books in downtown Mansfield. It will be held on December 14, 2013. Not sure what time. Will stick that in here later on.

I have another book signing on November 10, 2013 at the Luthern Church on Lexington Ave. and Cook Rd. It will be at around 9:30.

I have a book signing coming up on October 24, 2013 at 4:00 at the main library downtown Mansfield. Y'all come and see me.

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MANSFIELD, OHIO – The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society hosted a book signing this
Labor Day weekend for Outer Banks Publishing Group author Scott Fields, author of The Mansfield Killings at the historic and haunted Ohio State Reformatory.

Scott said he sold approximately 60 copies of his best selling novel, The Mansfield Killings, based on true events about two ex-cons who went on a 2-week killing spree in the summer of 1948.

The spree attracted national headlines back then ending in a dramatic shootout with police on Route 224 where one ex-con was killed and the other captured.Scott meticulously researched the event obtaining copies of original documents and photos and then turned the dark chain of events into a novel.

“I just had to write this book. It took me only four months to finish it,” he said earlier.

The killing spree is part of Mansfield, Ohio’s dark lore, where the state erected an historical highway marker on Route 224 where the killers were confronted and stopped. It’s like the town fathers wanted future generations to remember the horror of that summer more than 60 years ago.

The book signing was held at the Ohio State Reformatory, reputed to be haunted by former prisoners and the location of the filming of the 1994 The Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

Scott’s book signing was part of the 20-year-reunion party of The Shawshank Redemption where fans were treated to a Hollywood tour of the rooms and areas where the movie was filmed.

The Mansfield Killings is available from Amazon in both ebook and print versions and in fine bookstores everywhere.

The Ohio State Reformatory, alleged to be haunted by former prisoners, now a significant US historical site

I will be doing a book signing of The Mansfield Killings at the Barnes & Noble in Ontario, Ohio on May 24th from 5 to 7.

I have been invited to have a book signing at the LaRue High School Reunion on June 1st. It will be the last reunion held in that building. I believe it begins at 5:00. See you there.

I will be doing a book signing February, 16th at the Beehive Bookstore in Delaware, Ohio 2:00 -4:00. 

February 1st, I will be at a book signing in Centerburg, Ohio and Feruary 7th, at a speaking engagement here in Mansfield.


I had just begun a book signing when a dignified, older man walked through the door. He stood in the back of the room as I finished with the person in front of me. He then approached me and shook my hand introducing himself as Roger Winger. I had no clue as to who he was in spite of his obvious pause as he waited for me to take heed of his presence.

“You don’t know who I am, do you?” he asked.

“No, I don’t,” I said. “Sorry.”

“In July of 1948, I saw the dead bodies of the Neibel family lying in a cornfield off of Flemming Falls Road.”

For several seconds I stood there with mouth open trying to comprehend what he had just told me. “What did you just say?”

“I actually saw the dead bodies.”

I grabbed him by the arm and led him into another room. “How could you have seen such a thing?”

“I was six years old at the time. I lived next to the cornfield where the Niebels were found. That day was like any other summer day. I had seen the group of boy scouts marching down Flemming Falls Road earlier in the day. I hardly gave notice because boy scouts on that road was a common sight to see. Later that day, I stepped outside my house to see find police cars, ambulances and even fire engines all up and down the road. Out of curiosity, I walked down to the cornfield. There were men rushing back and forth but seemed to be concentrating on a spot about 50 feet into the field. I cautiously walked through the corn stalks until I was within a foot or so from the spot where the three people had been shot.”

“Did you see the bodies?” I asked.

“Yes, I did. Their bodies had turned white and were extremely bloated.”

“Was there signs of blood?”

“No. I don’t remember seeing any blood.”

“That’s a bit surprising,” I said. “Considering that they were shot in the head. What happened next?”

“One of the policemen saw me and yelled at me to get the hell out of here. I took off running thinking they were chasing me.”

“Daniels declared that they did not rape twenty year old Phyllis, and yet the bodies were found completely nude. The first coroner stated that there was no evidence of rape and yet the coroner at Daniel’s trial stated that she had been raped. Why do you think Daniels would admit to everything but deny raping Phyllis?”

“I’m not sure,” said Roger. “I personally think he did it. Back in those days, murder was one thing. Rape was another.”

Small talk followed, and soon we said our goodbyes. I did manage to get his phone number and address, because I have many more questions for him.   

 My next book signing will be Saturday, December
15th at the La Rue library from 9 to noon and then I have one at Main Street Books downtown Mansfield, Friday the 21st from 6 until closing.

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I have a book signing coming up on December 8th at the Popcorn Museum in Marion, Ohio. It will be held from 1 to 4. Come on over and see me and don't forget to bring some money.

December 9th, I will be doing a book signing at the Luthern Church At the corner of Cook Rd. and Lexington Rd. It will be at 9:30 in the morning.

December 15th, I will be at the library in my hometown of La Rue, Ohio. I will be sgning books between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon. Then it's time for lunch at Coonies.

Interview with Scott Fields!


When did you first decide you wanted to write?

I was born with the nagging obsession to write. It literally haunted me for most of my life until I sat down at about the age of 50 and started writing. I’ve been doing it ever since.
Did you get nervous the first time you put your work out there?

I don’t think anybody truly knows if he or she is good enough. I kept trying until finally I was told that one of my novels was going to be published. Hopefully, my wife will never see this because I can safely say it was the greatest moment of my life, even better then the day I got married.
What is your favorite genre to write?

I have written 12 different novels from many different genres. I cannot control what kind of story hits me. I always have 5 or 6 ideas cluttering up my brain.
Do you have a favorite author?

I am a big fan of Jack London and Steinbeck.
Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?

I recently finished writing a book called Just Believe. It is not a religious book rather an entertaining book with inspiration to the reader. I hope to write another such book that people will feel better about themselves when they have finished reading it.
Spaghetti or Lasagna and why?

Spaghetti, because it’s sloppy.
Anything you would like to say to the aspiring authors reading this blog?

I went to college to learn how to write and learned from experience that nobody can teach you to write. If you have the desire to tell a story, you simply need to practice everyday by writing short stories, novels, screenplay or whatever you like.

WARM WINDS OF AUTUMN is the story of Frank Watson, a retired farmer who lived in a small town nestled in the cornfields of rural America. He spent his life farming the land that had been in the family for over a hundred years and reared two children with Ida, his wife for over forty years.
It has been two years since the death of his wife, and Frank Watson still struggles with the loss. Every morning, he meets with his friends at the local diner to talk and to exchange gossip, but inevitably must return to his farm that remains undisturbed since his wife’s death.
Then, Pepper Ledley came into his life. She was the new waitress in town nearly half his age and offered Frank something he had never before considered, a new beginning. However, it somehow didn’t seem right to Frank. How could he have these feelings when he still loved Ida?
After the town learns that Pepper is now pregnant, Frank is alienated and shunned by all for not marrying her. Minutes before his son is born, Frank forces the local pastor to leave the funeral that he is conducting and marry the two of them. They get there just in time, and Tony is born to married parents.
Life is good for Frank and his new family. Pepper stays at home to raise their son, while Frank takes on a job remodeling the house of the town’s new female doctor, Winifred Clayborn. Rumors spread as Frank spends every day at the doc’s house. Pepper is concerned, but Frank reassures her that there is nothing to worry about.
The doctor’s grandson, Spencer, is living with her and is forced to work with Frank. He is extremely defiant at first but soon softens as he learns to appreciate the results of hard work.
Then, suddenly, Pepper is hit by a car driven by the town drunk. For days, she remains in a coma. Since Frank refuses to leave her side, the hospital staff becomes concerned about his health. They convince him to go home for the night. Just after falling asleep, he gets a call from the hospital to learn that Pepper has awakened from her coma and hasn’t long to live. He rushes to her side and has just enough time to say a few words before she dies.
Frank is devastated and doesn’t leave the house for weeks. Everyone in town is worried. In an effort to check on him, his close friends go to his house one-by-one with no success. Then one morning, Spencer slips over in an effort to help a friend. He breaks into the house and finds Frank sitting in a chair. After a long talk, he convinces Frank to return to the diner and all of his friends.
Frank buys the diner and makes Spencer the manager. Hope for the future and the love of family and friends restores meaning and purpose to Frank’s life.

It's here!

Warm Winds of Autumn

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library will be hosting a Book Fair for local authors this spring on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 3-7 p.m. Come on down. I'd love to see you. By the way, bring money.


She stood five feet seven inches tall, weighed one hundred twenty pounds, her green eyes sparkled like brilliant cut emeralds, her inviting full lips always ruby red and moist. Women universally hated her, men continued to hold doors for her long after she passed by - just to watch her walk away. To imply that Jessie exuded sex would be an understatement, akin to inferring that water was wet. Ninety-nine point nine percent of the men in Steam Corners wanted her, but she only wanted one man, Spencer Deacon. He was everything that she was not, even-tempered, amicable, well respected and kind. The one thing that Spencer didn’t want was Jessie, and his firm and undeniable rejections infuriated her.

Jessie always took full advantage of every opportunity. When fate stepped in and her stepson, Porter, was found murdered she gathered herself quickly and pounced on what she considered to be a gift from God Himself. This was an opportunity for revenge beyond her wildest expectations. All she had to do was identify Spencer as the last person seen with Porter prior to his death.

The following Sunday morning outside the First Baptist Church, you could almost see her perfectly white teeth through the tight smile she tried to hide with her perfectly gloved hand as Sheriff Calvin Hicks arrested Spencer and took him away in handcuffs. It all happened in front of the preacher, half of the congregation and the chipped concrete statue of the Baby Jesus.

Jessie's mind raced backwards to something her daddy taught her thirty years before, "If they won't do what you want by asking nice-like, then you just gotta find a way to make 'em do what you want.” She was always a daddy's girl. It was a lesson that Spencer was about to learn the hard way.

SUMMER HEAT is a 66,000-word women’s fiction novel set in a small town in the south. It explores the raw emotions of a young woman trapped in the despair of a marriage gone bad and the lustful desire for a young man she can’t have.



John and Nolena Niebel were planning a vacation for sometime in the early fall. They were also planning a surprise birthday party for their daughter Phyllis. It would be her twenty-first birthday, and they wanted it to be nothing but the best with cake and ice cream and a house full of her closest friends and relatives.

Then on the night of July 21st at around midnight, Robert Daniels and John West entered the Niebel house with loaded guns. They forced the Niebel family to get into their car then drove them to a cornfield just off Fleming Falls Road. The two men instructed the Niebels to remove all of their clothing, then Robert Daniels shot each of them in the head.

All together, six people died during a two-week period at the hands of Daniels and West. The rampage ended in a shoot-out where West was killed and Daniels was captured. Daniels was put on trial and electrocuted less than six months later. The brutal murders of the three members of the Niebel family caught national attention, and the two-week killing spree became known as the worst in Ohio's history.

COLD-BLOODED MURDER is a 67,000-word manuscript based on actual events. I live in Mansfield, OH, the location of the prison where the two murderers first met. My research included interviews with the son of the murdered couple as well as with friends of the victims.


“Here I am, Lord,” were his last words as his life slowly ebbed away. “I did the best I could,” he said. His body relaxed on the bed. His mind was now fading with the memories of a long life that was lived with honor, dignity and a pure, nearly pious, devotion to God. This same God would now gather this mortal’s soul into His arms and bring him home.
Shed no tears for this man for it was neither mortality nor humanity that controlled his life here on earth, rather it was the love of God that compelled him to serve his Master and his fellowman. He would succumb to no other, nor would he yield to mortal temptations, for a life devoted to the Almighty is promised sanctity and a hereafter life cradled in the arms of the Supreme Being.
“Here I am, Lord” were not only his last words but served as a guiding light for his very life. To, consciously, relinquish the temptations and promises of a mortal life to pursue a chaste and celibate, if not righteous life is an accomplishment that few mortal humans could achieve. For this man was a priest and as such was prohibited from many of the humanly wants and desires that most others take for granted.
The old man’s body twitched as tense muscles relaxed. Blood pooled in his organs as his heart slowed to only a few beats per minute. As his life slowly slipped away, a cascade of images marched across his mind’s eyes. His last thoughts chased those images from his childhood love of fishing in the pond behind Grandpa’s barn to the first time he drove a car and the first time he kissed a girl. Then, as his heart struggled to render one last beat, those memories faded and were lost forever.

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