Steven D. Bennett

Biography

I was born in Boston and grew up in Connecticut and San Diego, which gave me a good background in both history and tanning. I have four children and six grand-children, remarkable in that I am only 35. The fact that I have been married for almost 36 years is the result of an in-utero wedding and honeymoon.

I have published many short stories, poems, songs, and recently wrote and directed a musical melodrama that was performed in the San Diego area. With six books under my belt (THE PATH OF DAYS, TRACE THE DEAD EYE, HUMOR OF THE GOSPELS, HUMOR OF THE GOSPELS Daily Study, THRONE and THE CHUCK-IT LIST) I am looking for a bigger belt to stuff the seventh, which hopefully will be completed in time for the Christmas season. It is about a writer who finds to his horror that a mistake he made on page 47 completely invalidates the plot, forcing him to thus track down and kill anyone who has bought the book lest they spread the truth about his miniscule talent. It is titled DON'T READ THIS! and looks to be a best-seller, unless people take the title literally. Fortunately, nothing I write can be taken literally. It is also fortunate I did not stay with the working title: DON'T BUY THIS! Personally, I don't buy a word of it.

I also have a blog, I Wandered Off the Tour: A Journey In Self-Publishing, which contains my thoughts and experiences through the tormenting process of creation.

Other than writing, I like listening to the same dozen albums and re-runs of the same dozen TV shows I've heard and seen hundreds of times, to the endless delight of my wife.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Always loved Henry Huggins by Cleary. The first "adult" story was "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was a paperback that came wrapped around a can of Nestle's Quick. It was quite scary as a ten-year-old, though now I can see why Raymond Chandler remarked that Sherlock Holmes was "mainly an attitude and a few dozen lines of unforgettable dialogue." But it did illuminate the importance of atmosphere.
Who are your four favorite authors, and why?
Ray Bradbury. Raymond Chandler. Harlan Ellison. Cornell Woolrich.
Bradbury was emotion and reflection. He wrote with heart.
Chandler was craft, style and literary intelligence. Silly plots, but who cared?
Ellison was passion, whether for good or bad.
Woolrich was patience. I learned to take my time and not hurry. "Night Has a Thousand Eyes" is especially instructive. Too many writers are trying to rack up the numbers. It shows.
I read these authors over and over. I would not recommend everything they've written; more than half of Ellison and Woolrich are pretty bad, half of Bradbury's published stories are awful. Still, they were influences. (I met Bradbury three times and Ellison once.)
Read more of this interview.

Books

The Taste of Broadway
Price: Free! Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Brian Holloway was a star of the stage. Then Claudia Graves came out of the darkness. Now he’s a hollow shell of the man he was, yet never happier, for she has risen--seemingly taking his talent as her own—to become the Taste of Broadway. But an old friend of Brian’s has come from LA. Seeing the ungodly hold Claudia has over his friend, he realizes that for Brian to live, his new love must die.
Parrot Investigations - Preview - Chapter One
Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Amidst the San Diego heat, P.I. Zach Law is solicited by a woman to find her homeless, heroin-addicted son. Recruiting his wild ex-rocker brother, Mitch, and his young secretary, Emily, they begin, only to find Mitch the prime suspect in a murder. Dodging the police, they search the streets, knowing the closer they come to finishing their job, the closer the cops come to finishing theirs.
Night Light
Price: Free! Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Artists Sugiyama and Giles were friends, but "Sugi" has become an iconic genius, Giles his harshest critic. The death of his wife and son inspires Sugi to create a work of art, using their ashes, the whole world will see. Financed by an eccentric billionaire, his vision is to reshape the surface of the moon! Giles, horrified he might succeed, tries to stop Sugi from attaining artistic immortality.
Starlight
Price: Free! Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Hollywood star Cole Carpenter returns to Newbury to be honored by his hometown. Awaiting his arrival is his best friend from childhood, who is determined to confront him with the horrible secret he's carried all that time, something he shouldn't have seen but which holds the key to the disappearance of the girl they both loved who went missing the day Cole left, fifteen years before.
Mannequin Man
Price: Free! Words: 20,390. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A man meets his father to walk the mall. As his father has died, he realizes he is dreaming, which presents the freedom to ask about events which have affected his whole life. Memories are played out in various storefronts, as if doorways to the past. Through them he is confronted with anger, fears and resentments caused by his father, but also finds a hidden key to a lifelong mystery.
The Green Flash
Price: Free! Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Biographical
Time is running out for a man running away. Desperate, divorced, he leaves his ex-wife and kids and heads for Los Angeles to realize his dream of being a musician. With no plan, he detours to San Diego to connect with his father who wants no part of him. Sinking into depression, old habits and demons threaten to send him down a road to which there is no return.
Plot Twist
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Two men are given the job of remodeling the former home of mystery writer Raymond Chandler. Rumors of buried money change their focus to finding it, though neither intend to share what's found. As one suspects his girl of sleeping with the other, he plots to not only get the treasure but to get rid of the competition at the same time.
No Change
Price: Free! Words: 860. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A man is waiting on his wife hand and foot, as he has done for decades. But the years have brought sickness and the possibility of death, which also brings guilt at a future finally free from constant servitude. But that freedom comes in a way he had never foreseen.
Great Minds
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,720. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Sebastian Sage,scientist, genius, is approached by GREAT MINDS, a group whose mission is to send the most intelligent people into the future, via cryogenics, to fix the greater problems man will encounter. Learning that his nemesis, Niles DeMoss Yardley, is on board, Sage agrees. In a blink, he awakens, connected to the other Great Minds, whose mission is now one he should have anticipated.
The Curse Of The Garden And It's Ramifications For Today
Price: Free! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2016. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Essay » Author profile
Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden and walked with God. Their bodies and minds were untouched by sin. They shared a holy, spiritual bond no one since has experienced. Yet they sinned and lost it all. But why? What were the circumstances? And how does the very wording of the curse affect every relationship today?
The Shores of Saturn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Set in the border town of Imperial Beach, south of San Diego, a man befriends a homeless kid whose only goal, besides panhandling for beer, is to get back to his hometown of Evanston. Seeing him as a surrogate for his drug-addled brother, the man purposes to help the kid get back to his home and the family who left him. But no good deed is done without evil following close behind.
Coming Correct
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ray is pulled into flirtatious conversations with women in the office. Focused only on an upcoming promotion, he finds himself in some innocent but awkward encounters with a new employee. She sees them as sexual harassment and plans on filing charges. As it could ruin his career, Ray knows he must convince her it was a misunderstanding. But what if she won't listen to reason?
You Be the Dick
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
You're a rookie detective, and your veteran partner isn't thrilled at having to change your diapers after every murder. Nevertheless, he's walking you through your first case, like a children's primer, and it's up to you to keep your ears open, eyes wide, and mouth shut! Maybe, if you're worth the time and money the department's put into you, you'll solve the case. But no one's taking bets.
Death with Father: Father Raises the Dead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Father's only rule for pets--one my sister Alison broke with consistency--was that they were to be kept outside. Father had many peculiarities, which kept life in the Night household unpredictable and exciting. But one Halloween he did something we would never forget: he brought the beloved cat we had just buried back from the dead!
Casey's Last at Bat
Price: Free! Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2016. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
'Casey at the Bat' is a classic poem, yet in almost 120 years we've only heard one side of the story. In 'Casey's Last at Bat' we find the Joyville team, behind the masterful pitching of veteran Jack MacGraw, on the edge of victory. But Jack must face his old nemesis, Casey, one last time, the only man standing in the way of him ending his career as a champion.
Keeping the Doctor Away
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,290. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American
A musical melodrama! The villain, Willis Winesap, and his lackey, Goldie Jonagold, are looking to run a scam, and impersonating the town doctor and his nurse seems perfect. With the help of the 'Lung-a-lator', Winesap examines the miners, proclaims them sick with Gold Lung Disease, puts them in the Quaran-tina, and steals their gold! Will our hero be able to save the day? 6 players & songs, 1 hr.
Was Jesus a Socailist?
Price: Free! Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2016. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
Every election year the question will arise of whether Jesus was a Socialist. After all, he did provide free food and healthcare to the masses. Isn't that proof enough? This article examines the scriptures to find a deeper revelation, and the conclusion will surprise you.
Baseball at Bull Run
Price: Free! Words: 5,690. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Two great armies meet at Manassas Junction to decide the fate of the nation. Before a shot is fired, a handful of both Union and Confederate soldiers are separated from their comrades, to meet on a grass field seemingly far away from the ensuing battle. Unable to leave, they conclude that they have been given an opportunity: to settle their differences with a simple game, winner take all.
Humor of the Gospels Daily Study
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,470. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / New Testament
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the bible but discovered you were too lazy to think? You're in luck, for in 'Humor of the Gospels--Daily Study', an almost annual walk through the life of Jesus and his disciples, the thinking has been done for you. Also included are humorous insights followed by grilling inquisitions, which will help God judge you for eternity!
Dumb Cows
Price: Free! Words: 103,790. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(4.00 from 1 review)
Thadeus Cochran comes to Newbury to solve a murder: The problem: there hasn't been one. Seeing the shadow of death cross a man's face, his attempt to intervene land him in jail. When the man is found dead, he begins to investigate, though there is no evidence of murder. Amidst pressure from the town and his now wavering faith, he continues his search to find the killer he knows must exist.
The Chuck-It List
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,390. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Do you find yourself longing to get out of your rut and see the world? STOP!!!! You've been infected by the latest epidemic: activity. Thousands, if not dozens, of people waste their lives in the pursuit of false fulfillment which will only be found by reading 'The Chuck-It List,' an exhaustive compilation of THINGS TO AVOID! Be a trendsetter in the area of ease and start doing nothing today!
Throne
Price: Free! Words: 13,100. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A man with a terminal illness returns from the Holy Land with an artifact he believes has the ability to heal. But it also brings out darker, primal desires from those it touches. Media coverage leads to the artifact being stolen. Desperate, the man is brought to the brink of murder to recover what he believes is the only thing that will save his life.
Humor of the Gospels
Price: Free! Words: 30,060. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
(5.00 from 1 review)
A light-headed (and light-hearted) look at the lives of Jesus and his disciples, as we take a chronological trip through the four gospels.
Teddy's Family, Now in its Sixth Season!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
The pressure to carry a television series, especially if you're a child star, is immense. Many have cracked under the strain. But not Teddy. Even as he tells reporter Gus Rogers that the pressure of expectation has kept him from aging and will force him to remain a young boy unless he finds a way to kill Teddy, he does so calmly. He will not succumb to insanity. Not Teddy
Cursed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Long before 'That 70's Show', there was the 70's. And the kids living then were no different from those living now. Lighter on technology, perhaps, as Facebook was a phone in a bedroom and the internet was a thousand books at the library. But the age-old need to be known and belong was the same; a battle fought amidst pimples and peer pressure. Some seemed to sail above it all. Or so we thought.
Welcome to Mom's Diner
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
Mom may be gone but her daughter is carrying on the legacy of Mom's Diner, a place where people can relax and have their problems solved between refills. Befriending a new customer, she senses he has a few dark secrets to hide, and before he gets the bill he'll learn that just because you get a nice smile from a pretty face in a cozy diner doesn't mean there aren't deeper things afoot.
Love in the Timeline
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In a future where people are obsessed with perfection and youth, a man becomes frustrated by his wife's seeming indifference to both and determines to go back in time to reconnect with his first love, a perfect woman he lost long ago who now lives only in the ageless and timeless past.
Rosarito Rendezvous
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,140. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Enraged by more than jealousy, a man follows his wife and her new lover to Mexico with a plan that will not only ruin their romantic weekend, but the rest of their lives.
She's All I Can Think About
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A man becomes obsessed with a new girl at work, making him confront the fact that all his relationships have begun and ended the same way. Wanting to break the pattern and reconnect with his now separated wife and son, he finds old habits taking over, and he is torn between needing to mature and obsessing over each new girl he sees.
The Fear of E
Price: Free! Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A psychiatrist is asked to help a man overcome a very odd fear--the fear of the letter 'e'--which has made him a recluse. Enticed by the man's trust fund and his hope that the odd affliction may lead to a publishing deal and fame and fortune, the psychiatrist determines to find a solution, no matter the alphabetical mine field he must traverse to attain his goals.
Better Verse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 960. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2010. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.00 from 1 review)
If this not be the better verse thine eyes hath sought or seen, let if fall upon the cracks, unbought, to slide between. But if a smile befall thy lips while reading any verse, consider author's poverty and open up thy purse. Translation: You like the rhymes, and chuckles chuck, throw some dimes or send a buck.
Events Concerning the Last Evening of Molly Malone
Price: Free! Words: 840. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
Molly never knew she had so many enemies, and one has murder on their mind. Though she has her suspicions, she won't live to see them realized. It will be up to YOU to see that justice is done. With characters, motives, means, and a Challenge to the Reader, prepare to sift through clues and find the killer in the first mystery story to be told in verse. Will you deduce whodunit?
Cat Had a Tail
Price: Free! Words: 3,800. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Intrique swirls amidst the coffee and haiku as caffeine and curiosity lead a man from the comfortable settings of the Cafe 575 to find murder in the dark city streets. Not only is he a witness to the crime, but he unwittingly finds himself the prime suspect, and only within the mystery of the haiku will the truth emerge.
Trace the Dead Eye
Price: Free! Words: 64,450. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Trace is out to find a murderer, not an unusual task for a private eye. There’s only one problem: he was the victim. Now he wanders the streets searching for his killer, but his true desire is to reconnect with his family and be the husband and father in death that he wasn't in life. As the search continues, he finds the two worlds begin to converge, and there's nothing he can do to stop it.

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