Several of Steve’s novels take place in the Greater Hartford area and focus on issues including teen trafficking on the Berlin Turnpike, a shooting at a public school and stalking at roller derby. The Kids Are All Right, the fourth in his series about Hartford PI Zach Barnes, was a finalist for the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. His other series, featuring PI and wannabe rock and roll guitar player Chris “Woody” Guthrie, is set in Detroit.
His short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and several anthologies. “Hot Sugar Blues” was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Short Story from the Mystery Writers of America, and “Stranglehold” won the Black Orchid Novella Award.
He majored in English at Oakland University in Michigan, where he also played bass in a band and was a DJ on the campus radio station. Many of his books use song titles, probably stemming from his love of rock and blues, which began when he saw Muddy Waters open for Martha & The Vandellas.
A former actor, theatrical director, guitar player and English teacher, Steve now serves as a mentor and panelist for both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He also conducts workshops on writing fiction at several local libraries and lives in Newington, CT with his wife Barbara and a rescue cat.