As owner of a successful small business for 25 years, Steve's writing projects have included employee training manuals, business plans, grant proposals, technical manuals, white papers, product descriptions, web pages, and advertising copy. His knowledge of the specialized needs of the small business shows in writing that is accurate and specific while also highly readable and engaging.
Steve has written extensively about maritime and regional history. He is the author of a book of maritime history published by a university press, and has published articles in historical journals over the past 17 years. Steve has the ability to transform detailed historical research into a narrative that brings the past to life.
When he's not writing, Steve's love of nature and outdoors drives him to pursue boating, kayaking, hiking, scuba diving, and fishing. He has written about these activities in articles, blog posts and web pages, demonstrating an ability to entertain, educate and engage people who already share these passions, as well as readers who are only just discovering them.
Steve is an experienced technical scuba diver with advanced certifications which include deep diving, mixed gas diving, cave diving, and closed-circuit rebreathers. Underwater, his passion is finding, documenting and exploring historic shipwrecks. He is the writer and producer of two independent documentary films about ships that met their ends beneath northern seas, plus a book about a shipwreck in Alaska that sank more than 100 years ago.
An accomplished home cook, Steve enjoys creating delicious, wholesome feasts for family and friends with a particular emphasis on organic vegetables, fresh-caught seafood, and locally-sourced wild foods. Many of Steve's culinary influences come from his travels in Spain, Italy and France, lands whose history, art, architecture and culture further inspires him.
A lifelong reader and book lover, Steve is a fan of history and crime fiction. His devotion to the printed word led to a successful career as owner of a large specialty retailing operation which was on the cutting edge of online bookselling beginning in 1992, and which for more than two decades operated one of the largest used bookstores in the United States.
Steve's initial post-secondary education goals led him to major in Criminal Justice, but coursework in business law led to related classes in writing, accounting, and real estate. He took a break from formal study after two years, embarking on a successful five-year career as a real estate broker before starting his company, a large retail store which has flourished for more than 25 years. During that time, Steve has furthered his formal education with university-level classes in many subjects that interest him and which further his goal to be a life-long learner.
Before embarking on his entrepreneurial career, Steve was a residential and commercial real estate broker for five years. His experience in that field—coupled with university-level coursework in real estate appraisal and business law—served him well as a business owner involved in site selection, lease negotiation, bank financing, and tenant improvements. More recently, he has been personally involved in residential real estate transactions which have given him insight into the buying and selling process in three distinct market areas.
The challenges and rewards of starting and running a small business are intimately familiar to Steve, who has taken the knowledge and skills he gained over 25 years as an entrepreneur and applied them to writing projects which include small business planning, start-up, financing, and marketing. He has the ability to customize the style and tone of his writing to effectively communicate with customers, staff members, and colleagues, as well as outside stakeholders such as lenders and investors.
It is said that numbers are the language of business. As founder and owner of a successful business, Steve developed skills for communicating detailed financial information to investors, lenders, employees, vendors, and clients. He has the ability to present financial information is an accurate and understandable way across multiple industries, using non-technical language conveyed in a concise, authoritative style.
Writing for both print and online publications, Steve has experience crafting thoughtful and informative articles on topics which have included business and personal finance, boating, scuba diving, travel, cooking, car buying, winter driving skills, and home improvement. He successfully adapts to article lengths that run anywhere from 200 to more than 6,000 words, giving Steve the ability to explore a topic succinctly or in much greater detail as the needs of the project dictate.
Steve's professional and vocational interests have led him to develop engaging and informative web pages for a retail store, a manufacturing company, a visual artist, a vacation rental, and a historical research specialist. He has the ability to communicate detailed factual information in a conversational tone, with writing that is easy to understand and fun to read.
Steve brings his background writing well-researched historical articles to contemporary subjects such as small business start-up and management, expedition planning, and company training materials. As he does when writing about history, Steve brings his attention to detail and his respectful treatment of source material to the task of developing white papers that are easy to read and understand, while still conveying detailed and accurate information.