I grew up in the American northern Appalachian Mountains and enjoyed the beauty and simplicity of nature and life in the tranquility of country living. I started writing poems and short stories during high school. There were experiences during my youth that were difficult but have enriched my understanding of life and humankind immensely. I spent over three years practically living out of a backpack as he traveled from place to place; working as a farmer, convention coordinator, bartender and D.J.
I studied Marketing and Management in America and later Psychology and Humanities in Europe; where I have lived for many years. This cultural diversity has nurtured and expanded my understanding of human nature and given me first-hand experiences with individuals from around the world. I learned to speak German while in Europe and enjoy experiencing other cultures and corresponding in other languages.
I had the opportunity to participate in various writing contests and other projects during my education. One such contest was a national essay contest during college in America. I was chosen to represent Pennsylvania as one of fifty students nationwide that were awarded a one week seminar in northern New York. The seminar event was hosted by the American Management association (A.M.A.)
My written works and what I share are the result of an inner transformation that took place after I came to terms with the realization that life is much more then the content of our human existence. I am involved in sharing, learning and growing with others; who are embracing a level of human consciousness that is attuned with universal consciousness.
I am the author of One Moment in Life: Rediscovering Inner Awareness and Simplicity of Life: Why does being Human Complicate Everything? My books and blog website are about topics in spirituality, human existence, life and living consciously. The website provides a sharing portal for people who are consciously awakening and have started the inward journey in search of oneself. I am dedicated to sharing a universal knowledge that is innately known to everyone. I have many manuscript projects planned in diverse genres over the next few years including; spirituality, self help, poetry, children’s, science fiction and non-fiction.
I look forward to hearing from you. My contact information is listed below:
Q & A with Steve
Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
1. I was in a car with my grandparents on the way home from shopping. I was on my grandmother’s lap in the front seat. She suddenly told me that I should get in the back seat and fasten my seat belt. Another care drove through a Stop sign and hit my grandfather’s car head on shortly after I had fastened my seat beat. My grandmother flew through the windshield onto the street and died instantly. I would have been crushed or thrown through the windshield if I had been on my grandmother’s lap. My grandmother somehow knew that something was going to happen and had saved me. I was eight years old when this happened.
2. I slipped and fell head first into a grain silo on the farm were I worked as a teenager. I was buried alive in the corn / wheat grain. The farmer had heard me hammering on the walls of the silo before I was completely covered in grain and passed out. The last thought I had before I passed out was that I was going to die. The farmer later told me that all he saw was my feet sticking out of the grain. He had tied a rope around my legs and together with two other people pulled me out.
3. I was in a serious accident in which the car I was driving went off a twenty foot bridge embankment. I suffered an Open Skull fracture (compound) and a Closed Skull fracture (simple) and was in a state of severe shock. A farmer found me in his barn after the accident. I had climbed out of the car and had tried to milk his cows. I was covered from head to toe in blood but refused to get in the ambulance when it arrived. There are six weeks of my existence that are a total blank due to the severity of the skull fractures. I have no memories of this period.
4. I auditioned and was accepted as an actor / model for a well-known talent agency in the early 1980s.
Where did you grow up and what is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
I was born in Pennsylvania, America and have lived in Europe for many years. There is a common denominator connecting my childhood and adulthood. This is the knowledge of simplicity in our existence. It was the simple childhood experiences that have given me the most joy. This is also true for me now as an adult.
The demons of our childhood take on many forms. It is best to release these demons and not speak of them. Therefore I really don’t have any memories that I hold onto mentally and call bad. Everything that each person has experienced was what it was, when it happened. It is however difficult to psychologically release many things from our childhood. Therefore I am sure that there are tendencies in my behavior that originate due to situations in my childhood.
What is your favorite show on TV?
I enjoy many TV shows from the 1950s until the 1970s. It is difficult to pick an absolute favorite. My favorite, if I must chose, would probably be Bonanza, The Beverly Hillbillies or Game of Thrones
I prefer classic movies but also enjoy many newer films. I have no absolute favorite. My top five would probably be: “Moby Dick” with Gregory Peck, “What Dreams May Come”, “Dances with Wolfs”, “Legends of the Fall” and Jeremiah Johnson.
What authors or books have influenced you?
– Call of the Wild by Jack London
– Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
– Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
– The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
– A Course in Miracles
– Silas Marner by George Eliot
– Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
– Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
– Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin
– Equally influential are written works from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau and Lao Tzu.
Do you have a favorite quote?
I have many but there are two that I reflect on often.
Life is really simply, but we insist on making it complicated.
When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
– Eckhart Tolle
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would take a book with blank pages so that I could write about my experiences on this island; naturally I would also need a few pencils. Additionally I would take these books:
– A Course in Miracles
– How to Survive on a Deserted Island
– Treasure Island
– Harry Potter series
What inspired you to write?
I have been writing since I was a young teenager. I have always enjoyed expressing myself through written words. The writing assignments in high school and college had always filled me with enthusiasm.
There is a feeling of intense delight and fulfillment when I write. It is wonderful to sit back and just let the words flow from my fingers. I have written many poems and short stories but had not shared my written works until the publication of my first book.
It is not possible for me to express in words what inspires me to write. I feel that writing is an extension of the mind. It is a manner by which ideas, imagination and fantasy are brought to life. Writing is fulfilling. It gives me the opportunity express myself and to share. I have always been fascinated by the storytelling in each of us.
What is your routine for writing?
My writing style is a mixture of spontaneity and use of the writing skills I learned during my education. I consider what it is that I wish to share and tend to keep the initial ideal short and fundamental. I naturally do research for lengthier manuscript projects. Every project is somewhat like a puzzle that magically fits together.
The puzzle pieces are constructed through free-form writing although there is always an intuitive desire for structure within the written segments. It all just somehow falls into place at the appropriate phrase of the manuscript project. I have always used this routine in my writing projects.
Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?
No, I have never experienced this problem and I do not feel that it will every happen. Every experience seems to offer something that inspires me to write. I have been told that I live in my own world; full of creativity. I feel that there is so much magic to be discovered in life. A tree is not just a tree; it is everything other than a tree. This is how I see everything in the universe. I love expressing and sharing my ideas, imagination and fantasy through the written word. The ideas flow like a never-ending stream.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of writing for you?
The initial idea for any writing project is the most exuberant aspect. I have very spontaneous writing inspirations and always have a paper notebook with me to write everything down. Writing anything and at anytime is always enjoyable.
What is the most difficult part of writing a book?
The title for any given project is important. Therefore I give the title more consideration then I usually do for any other part of the book. It is not something that is actually difficult but usually causes me considerable contemplation.
Did you experience any personal transformation after a book was published?
This is a difficult question to answer in a few words. I always feel a type of serenity when I am writing. This sensation is somewhat different each time I write. I currently write more on a daily basis then every before. This is very gratifying. This could be considered a type of transformation.
My feelings are that an author becomes a part of every book or written work that he or she writes. A transformation occurs when a new book is written. How this occurs is usually dependent on the book content and the author’s association with the content. My last book is a very good example. I was able to learn more about my true nature, my existence and life through the experiences I had during and after the book composition. This is equally true for the current manuscript that I am writing.
P.S. I do not claim or presume to be an authority on consciousness, absolute truth or any of the topics that I write about. My intention is not to express favoritism or criticism for or against any religion, collective organization, culture, person or people.
My wish is to share the deep innate sense of conscious being that I feel is beyond the mind, emotions and human content structures. Furthermore I am hopeful that those individuals that have read my written works may discover stepping stones helpful on their path to conscious living. There is a field of energy beyond mind and body called life that pulsates with active consciousness. This is a space of oneness that we all share.
Would you like to read more about me? Here are three interviews that provide more information and various experiences as a young man.