Stephen E Pennykid

Biography

Born in 1952, Steve Pennykid grew up on a Leicester council estate built to accommodate new families after the war and the baby boom of the 50’s and 60’s. Steve was an only child and although he had plenty of friends with whom to play football on the green outside his home, he had time on his hands to develop his love of the written word, and as a child always had something to read whether it be a football annual at Christmas, a thrilling children’s story or a Look and Learn comic. Writing though did not come until much later.

Steve took early retirement in 2005, which gave him a few years to achieve a number of goals he set himself to do before he was 60. One of these was to write a short story and try to get it published. This was a big ask as he had never written anything before. However, it was achieved in 2010 when a local story-writing competition gave him the opportunity. By then he had written one story – The News from Spain. He began to amend this story to suit the framework required for the competition but it soon became a completely different tale – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

These are both gentle romances but Steve's writing has now become more eclectic with a number of other tales including two detective stories, from his Chief Inspector Robert Casey series, two children's short stories and a non-fiction title under his belt.

Steve also loves music and you will undoubtedly notice a common theme in many of his stories of titles and chapters containing the names of songs, particularly those from the 60’s. His passion for music of this era encouraged him to write his own personal favourite, the non-fiction "MisHits of the Sixties".

Steve lives in Loughborough and is married with two sons, a daughter-in-law and two delightful granddaughters.

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Books

MisHits of the Sixties Volume 4 - Instrumentals
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,320. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Genres & styles / general
Here is another of my personal Top 20’s of singles that never reached a UK chart position higher than No 20. This volume, fourth in the series, deals with instrumentals which I think should have charted or reached a higher position than they did. As in the previous volumes, facts about these selections are given as well as personal experiences and observations.
MisHits of the Sixties Volume 3 - The 'B' Sides
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,830. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2016 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal, Nonfiction » Music » Rock music
This volume, third in the series, deals with ‘B’ sides which I think could easily have been released as ‘A’ sides. As in the two previous volumes, facts about these selections are given as well as personal experiences and observations. Among the tracks featured are some that are instantly recognisable, but others which may appear somewhat obscure. Give them a listen and see what YOU think.
MisHits of the 60's Volume 2 - American Artists
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal, Nonfiction » Music » Rock music
The second volume of MisHits of the 60’s, this selection deals exclusively with American artists, and is my Top 20 personal choice of singles that never reached a UK chart position higher than No 20. As in the first volume, in my opinion these singles deserved a far higher placing. Some facts and some of my personal opinions are included.
Communication Breakdown
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,810. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This is a trilogy where in each of the short stories, two people have become estranged due to their personal circumstances. In each, years later they receive correspondence which gets them thinking, mulling over past events. They have the opportunity to get back in touch, but will they?
2 Spooky
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2015 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Two short ghost stories: in The Sins of Others, a man is haunted by a recurring dream on moving into an inherited property. The inheritance appears to be the answer to his prayers but is this the case? Will the dream provide the answer? In A Trip in Time, Thomas seeks answers to a legend connected to his previous work. His journey leads him into another world providing more questions than answer.
MisHits of the Sixties
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music
A must for all lovers of 60’s music. This music made a lasting impression on me and I remember the excitement and anticipation of hearing new releases from both established and unknown artists. Here is my Top 30 personal choice of singles that never reached a UK chart position higher than number 20, but which, I think, deserved a far higher placing. Includes both facts and personal opinions.
The News From Spain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,290. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Penny had lost contact with her father in the months following her mother's death. Now, some years later, she had received a letter from him. Why had it taken so long for him to contact her? The letter would take her through her father's voyage of discovery. It would provide some of the answers to their estrangement, but leave her with a life-changing decision to make.
Tragedy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,830. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Chief Inspector Robert Casey had been retired only five weeks when the package arrived. The content would change the course of his retirement. This is the second short story in a new series taking the reader through the experiences of a career policeman from his initial investigation as a detective constable to his eventual retirement. However, his investigating days may not yet be over...
The Blackberry Way Murder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Why would Chief Inspector Robert Casey suddenly announce his retirement? He had constantly told his colleagues that too much experience was being wasted in the pursuit of budget cuts. What two events separated by almost thirty years had caused him to arrive at his decision?
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2012 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Jenny receives a letter from her estranged father, the contents of which would lead her to make a potentially life-changing decision. What had happened to make her father contact her again after five years with no word? This short story, previously published in Charnwood Tales (Panda Eyes Publishers Ltd, March 2010), combines romance, mystery and intriguing supernatural overtones.

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