Great writing touches that part of us that’s tied up in our aspirations, dreams, successes and losses. I aspire to touch all who read my words. - Steven B. Beach

My website bio presents a predicament. As any writer knows, we write our own bios, and we usually do so in third person – because openly paying tribute to oneself seems shallow and self serving. But since this site is aimed at editors and writers, I’ll forego that, since writing my bio here in third person would seem, well, shallow and self serving.

I attended Old Dominion University for my first formal training as a writer before moving on to Duke University. My professor at Duke said the hardest part of being a magazine writer is making the first sale. So you might imagine my surprise when I sold a magazine article (The Fateful Sting) on my first attempt, and the first op-ed piece I sent to a newspaper (Journalism Ethics) was syndicated and published as the lead op-ed in an even larger newspaper.

During this time I wrote and delivered a series of lectures in the field of metaphysics for the Association for Research and Enlightenment based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Then, with the exception of an allergy article I wrote for the award winning website HowStuffWorks.com, I spent the following nine years designing and building a one of a kind custom home – almost single handedly – before turning my attention back to writing.

Since 2002 I have:

  • Been published in the best selling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.

  • Reached Editor at Large status with Paraglider magazine, with a position on the masthead second only to the founding editor.

  • Become a literary critic for the Winston Salem Journal newspaper.

  • Become a photojournalist.

  • Sold an assortment of articles, stories and photographs to a variety of publications.

  • Written copy in the form of website content.

  • Won first place in Inscription magazine’s international writing contest targeting professional writers.

    And honor of honors, shortly after people unbeknownst to me used my words as an epigraph for a business Web page, my quote was picked up by an assortment of quotation Websites. Click here to see my favorite.

    Iím also happy to say that my words are presently displayed on the personal Websites of three authors whose books I reviewed.

    Clinton McKinzie
    Linwood Barclay.com
    Blake Crouch