Steve Campbell


I'm a writer and artist. I pen contemporary, paranormal fantasy and offer my books at Smashwords and Amazon. As an artist, I enjoy creating my own book covers.

I have a bachelor's degree in studio art and graphic design, and I graduated magna cum laude from college. I have been a wildlife artist for 30+ years, an indie author longer, and an avid reader of all genres of fiction since the age of 5. I have been an independently published author since 1990.

My books of fantasy and paranormal fiction feature characters living in Ridgewood, a fictional Pennsylvania town based on my own hometown. A reoccurring character is Verawenda "Vree" Erickson.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Like many of us, I began writing at elementary school and continued in high school through encouragement and support from my teachers. They saw something I didn't, so I never knew I could become a professional writer until I was at college, earning a degree in art.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. The year was 1966 and I was 9 years old. There were plenty of books, movies and TV programs about outer space, and Star Trek had just made it to the TV airwaves. My first story was about five astronauts landing on Mars and exploring the planet. There were no martians or any other life there except for the astronauts who ended up colonizing the place inside a glass city they built. I had a fascination of someday living on another planet.
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Verawenda Erickson
After surviving a lightning strike that killed her father and burned down her family home, 15-year-old Vree Erickson discovers she has a few psychic abilities that allow her to see things most other humans cannot. When she and her family move in with her grandparents on Myers Ridge in Ridgewood, Pennsylvania, her life becomes anything but ordinary.


Margga's Curse: A Vree Erickson Novel, Book One
Series: Verawenda Erickson. Price: Free! Words: 47,210. Language: American English. Published: April 5, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
After surviving a lightning strike, 15-year-old Vree Erickson discovers she has a few psychic abilities that allow her to see things most other humans cannot. When she and her family move in with her grandparents, she becomes the target of a witch ghost who wants her power, even if it means killing her.
Kismet: A Ridgewood Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,950. Language: American English. Published: March 31, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
A diary from the past warns Addison Taylor about her future. When she and her husband hike Myers Ridge, the diary’s warnings become real and force the couple headlong into mystery, suspense, and a strange world of past, present, and future.
Old Bones: A Collection of Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 32,970. Language: American English. Published: March 22, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A collection of short stories centered on eerie Ridgewood, Pennsylvania and some of the characters who live there.

Smashwords book reviews by Steve Campbell

  • Sweet Masterpiece - The First Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery on April 02, 2016

    The words “magic box” “magical powers” and “mystery” in some of the reviews (at Amazon where I downloaded the book 2 years ago for my Kindle) caused me to pick this book for my 2014 summer load of books to read. I’m glad I did. A fine story plot that taught me about being a caretaker of foreclosed properties, a baker, and not being afraid to snoop around when things don’t seem to be right—a wonderful glimpse at what makes story characters real.
  • Bubba and the Dead Woman on April 02, 2016

    I downloaded this book at Amazon for my Kindle in 2013, loved the story, but never wrote a review. C.L. Bevill became a favorite author that day and I became a fan of her Bubba stories. Loved the mystery and comedy intertwined in this story. All in all, a fun read.
  • Gravity on April 19, 2016

    I am tortoise-slow reviewing books sometimes, so my apologies to Abigail Boyd. Gravity is one of the better written YA paranormal books I bought for my Kindle years ago. I liked the characters and story, though I'm not a fan of high school drama. But the main characters are teens, so I bore through it and found it not as unpleasant as I anticipated. And though I have never read the series, I intend to do so soon.