Steve Johnson


I stoked a fire for cycling on a long-ago father-son ride to northern Wisconsin, in a t-shirt, cut-offs and reject basketball shoes. A self-propelled recreation junkie and fan of all things outdoors, that first trip sparked a storytelling passion that continues with my recent cycling guidebook, the latest in a varied list of outdoor-focused titles. A regular contributor to Backpacker and regional magazines across the country, some of my other work includes Best Bike Ride Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota Waterfalls, Loop Hikes Colorado, Bicycling Wisconsin, Mountain Biking Minnesota, and spinoff projects like media guides for sporting events in the upper Midwest.
Part of the fourth generation of deep family roots in Wisconsin’s far north, I spent my formative years in that incomparable beauty of the North Country and rural, southern Minnesota, nurturing a strong affinity for the outdoors and piling up memories as a country kid. I'm showing my own two kids the finer things from those same vantage points. My passion for all things outdoors took me to the mountains in 1991, where I managed to earn a natural resources management degree at Colorado State University, in spite of irresistible alpine distractions. With a good kick in the creative butt from a former professor, I wrote my first book in the late 90s, and with an ambitious head of steam, have released at least one book every year since, in addition to an armload of consumer magazine articles.
My home base is…..wherever I happen to be. I roam between, and write from, where my heart is, in places like Wisconsin’s woods, Colorado’s mountains, and southern California. Naturally, my outlets are active, and I am either on a hiking trail wearing a backpack, or on my bicycle, wearing Lycra. A part-time racer and otherwise crazy-for-it, if I have a spare hour or five, I am on my bike.
I'll be Out There, living life at a higher latitude.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk is big and old, recovered from a slow decay outside an equally run-down tavern in Wisconsin. My dad restored the desk to its former glory, and now it is a place of inspiration and intermittent flurries of progress.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My parents moved the family to a country place south of the Twin Cities when I was seven, and it was there in the woods and fields and on deserted gravel roads that I piled up memories as a country kid. The world was filled with writing inspiration, from crickets and tree frogs at night to day-long explorations of what we thought were distant lands, to mesmerizing northern lights in summertime. I remember sitting with paper and pen out in the back yard at 2 a.m., listening to a chorus of wildlife and writing about that 'midnight musical.'
Our cabin on a northern Wisconsin lake served as another enormous source of inspiring life, and I spent a good chunk of my childhood coming of age in the north woods. I still write from that same area---different cabin now, same good vibes.
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Where to find Steve Johnson online


Longer I Run - 100 Days Across America
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,620. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Running & jogging, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Running & jogging
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The physical fortitude to run 40 miles is in itself a laudatory feat. Repeating that performance 100 consecutive times, from one coast of the country to the other, is a spectacle. Doing it all as a recovering alcoholic fighting a debilitating intestinal disease would be impossible without one vital component—courage. Follow Steve Knowlton on a 3,717-mile run to redemption.

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