Hi! My name is Steve and I live in Richmond, Virginia, with my wife, our three boys, ages 14, 12, and 8, and a golden retriever named Charlie. We moved south from New Jersey in the spring of 2011 and quickly fell in love with Virginia.
I’ve always loved writing, from stories and poems in school to annual Christmas letters as an adult. Somewhere along the way life got busy, but in August, 2009, I began blogging at MyBoys3 as my attempt to capture some of the daily excitement and trials that come with raising three growing boys. These posts formed the basis of my first non-fiction parenting memoir, Splashing in the Deep End: Adventures Raising Boys, released in May 2016.
In 2013, my made-up bedtime tales grew into books, and The Virginia Mysteries were born. The middle grade stories are for kids ages 7-12 and follow brothers Sam and Derek and their friend Caitlin on adventures with a twist of history mixed in. Summer of the Woods, Mystery on Church Hill, Ghosts of Belle Isle, Secret of the Staircase, Midnight at the Mansion, and Shadows at Jamestown are available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle versions. (Books 1-4 are also now available in audio with more in development!)
Brother Wars is the first of a new series following two other brothers, Harry and Randy, who as you may have guessed, don’t get along. In 2017, I also released Harborwood, my first contemporary fiction book for grownups under the pen name Steven Sawyer. You can find more information about all of my books here.
I grew up in rural northwestern New Jersey, studied political science and business in central Pennsylvania, worked briefly as a research writer in the state legislature, and then in sales for a Manhattan-based Internet healthcare company for 20 years. In January 2018, I took the plunge and moved to writing full time (yikes!). When not writing, I enjoy coaching my boys in sports, hiking, kayaking, the New York Yankees, and taking naps.
You may be interested to hear an interview I gave with Virginia Voice where I speak about my writing and author career.
Books I read as a kid remain some of my favorites: Where the Red Fern Grows, Rascal, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Bridge to Terabithia, and the Chronicles of Narnia series.
I hope you enjoy the adventures – both real and imagined. I’d love to come visit your school for an author visit! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you think. Thanks for visiting!