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Local crime fiction author, Scott Pratt, dies in diving accident

Becky Campbell • Nov 12, 2018 at 3:44 PM

Local author, former journalist and former lawyer Scott Pratt died Sunday, apparently in a diving accident in Bonaire, and just five months after his wife, a well-known dance instructor, died after a long battle with cancer.

Pratt, 61, started his book writing career in 2008 after working as an attorney. Prior to that, Pratt was a newspaper journalist who covered the court system for the Johnson City Press in the 1980s and later worked for the Kingsport Times News. He married Kristy Hodge, who was the daughter of Tom Hodge, the Press’ late opinion page editor.

Pratt was open about his wife’s journey through cancer and made it clear how much he loved her and their children. He went to law school but later became a full-time writer and published a series of crime fiction — some based on crimes in East Tennessee — and his main character, Joe Dillard, was an attorney going through many of the same challenges and situations Pratt had faced.

His daughter, Kody Pratt Rowe, made the first public announcement of her father’s death Monday on Facebook.

For more on this story, visit the Johnson City Press. 

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