Steve Melton

Biography

Steve Melton has authored an eclectic assortment of works. “Presidents and Kings” is his first published novel. "Searching for Aunt Bea" is his latest offering. Soon to follow will be "Pasadena Thunder," a fictional work about a little old lady who races a Dodge Muscle car on the streets of Pasadena. Other works waiting in the wings are a collection of novelettes. Several volumes of children’s poetry. And a volume of stories from his childhood growing up in the fifties and sixties in the middle class suburbs of St. Louis. Steve is a graduate of the University of Missouri where he studied journalism, art and photography. He served four years in the United States Air Force as an overseas communications specialist. He earned his teaching credentials form Lees McRae College in North Carolina. He retired after twenty years of teaching Junior High and High School Social Studies. He does volunteer work at the Missouri Home for Veterans in St. Louis. Inspiration for his characters comes from his father and other military warriors he has had the honor to know and associate with during his life. Steve's knowledge of Blue Ridge Mountain life and culture was the inspiration for another soon to be published novel, "Blue Ridges - Silver Streets." He laughingly refers to himself as a “real renaissance guy” with interests in writing, music, cooking, photography, comedy, physical fitness, Biblical teachings and a growing relationship with Jesus Christ

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I usually write an introduction. Sort of like a narrative outline of what's coming in the rest of the story. Next, I use an outline with Roman numerals, abcd, 1234 etc. Like the stuff they used to teach in grade school way back when the Earth was still cooling. I always think ahead, kind of like reading a road map of where I think the story should go.
Thinking ahead lends itself to many "ooooh yeah" moments. I consider these moments to be roadside attractions that I look forward visiting during the writing journey. I don't trust them to memory. I always scroll down to the next blank page and make notes on ideas, future scenes, dialogue, characters etc. I check them off as they are integrated into the story. There is always a page of ideas following the last page I am working on. That way I won't forget any potential future kernels of literary brilliance. For me, the best time to write is early in the morning before the sun comes up. My wife and kids are still in bed. The house is stone quiet with no distractions. A perfect time for the caffeine to kick in and start the old creative juices flowing. If I'm writing Christian literature, God gets all the credit. Other Christian writers can verity that If a writer is open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, stuff just seems to flow through the old fingers and onto the page. The process is similar for secular works. Only I am always asking myself what I would like to see happen, how would I react to a situation, or what dialogue would I find interesting. I find editing to be painful. It's often like cutting off your own arm or leg. But it has to be done because everything written isn't always brilliant literature. Being objective about my work is impossible for me. One trick I use to help determine quality is to put a finished work aside for a time. The longer the better. Then read it again. If sounds so good that it seems like someone else wrote it, it just might be good. One last thought; It's always a good idea to write about things one knows about, or is familiar with. If there is a part of a work or a subject that I am not familiar with, I research it exhaustively before I include it in my writing. There is always that one person out there who knows everything there is to know about about DNA mapping and chromosome splicing techniques for the Peruvian rock snail. You don't want them writing on their blog, "This work is a waste of time and money. Steve Melton obviously knows nothing about Peruvian rock snail genetics."
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. It was the Adventures of Dick and Jane. You know. Way back when writing on cave walls was popular. I only remember one line from this famous work. "See the toy jump out at Tyke." I think it was a Jack in the Box that scared the pee out of the family pooch.
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Books

Hot Chips
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,900. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
This collection of poems began in 1992. The first one was scribbled on a paper sack in a college cafeteria while the author was working the cash register during a slow evening. Linda Blitz Mud Pies, Fishing In the Toilet, Navel Destroyer, Jumping on the Bed, Martian Kick Ball, Jello For a Pet, Dryer Rider, Monster In My Closet are titles that offer a hint as to what one will find inside this book.
Blue Ridges Silver Streets
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 128,550. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Time changes things . Memories are forever. After thirty years, Frankie Nelson returns to the family homestead to find that the summer vacation "Garden of Eden" in the Blue Ridge Mountains isn't the way he remembered it. Little remains of a way of life he cherished as a child. He has a wealth of magical memories of kids, kin, characters and adventures. And the desire to write about all of it.
Pasadena Thunder
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,470. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A “Brand new, shiny red, super stock Dodge” driven by an old lady used to be the stuff of legends. Now it’s for real. Gracie Carson is an aging widow with nothing left but a mountain of debt and a monster street machine resurrected from the past. A super potent, red,1970 Dodge hemi Challenger. Will it be her salvation? Or, will she die trying to tame the beast on the streets of Pasadena?
Presidents and Kings
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,910. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Corrupt politicians and malevolent world leaders have America on the verge of collapse. But God is raising up a righteous champion. Cranston Carter is a former black ops, combat marine who has followed the Holy Spirit to vanquish all foes, foreign and domestic. He is a modern day King David who stays on the front lines of battle. Even as President of the United States.

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