Remembering Author, Steve K. Smy

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This is a blog dedicated to the remembrance of the late Steve K. Smy, author and blogger extraordinaire.   He had been sick a long time but hung in there and published his last book, A Darkness in Amazonia, in September, 2013.

Steve and I met online when I read an excerpt from one of his books and loved it.  I wrote to him and asked if I could be his copy editor on his next book.  I thereafter read many of Steve’s books and edited them for him.  He was a dedicated and talented writer and took pride in his work making it the best it could be.

I remember keeping in touch with him regularly on the edits as I worked on his books.  When the new book was ready to be edited he sent it to me.  I worked hard to make the deadline that he had so his book would be ready for a book launch.  Unfortunately I made a mistake when I put the book launch on my blog a day early.  Steve was very upset with me as he should be since I messed up.  I apologized over and over and had a good cry over my error and for possibly hurting his launch.  I was devastated.

After thinking things over I got a lovely note from Steve apologizing to  me, even though it was entirely my fault, he took the blame onto himself.  He said that it was okay and that he did not want me to be upset and cry over this.  It was after all not the end of the world and my early release just may help his book along the way.  I did a blog on Steve’s book launch at this link.

I was relieved but still upset with myself as I am when I mess up!  I am my hardest critic.  It is difficult at times to live up to the high standards that I set for myself but I darn well try!  Lol!

Steve was so sweet and kind to me and made me feel so much better.  He was more concerned about my feelings than the success of his book launch at that point.   Well, I did spread the word and will continue to spread the word about his wonderful man.

Shortly after this time Steven became very ill and was unable to write his blog or keep in touch with me and others.  His wonderful friend, Chris Graham, The Story Ape Blog, took over Steve’s blog and book launch.  God Bless him!  Chris Graham is an exceptional person too!

Steve will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  I will miss reading and editing his books and keeping in touch with him online.  He was a dear and sweet man.

Here is a bio of Steve:

Author Bio: Steve K Smy was born in Ipswich, Suffolk – a picturesque part of England famed for being part of Constable Country, where the renowned artist John Constable worked and produced many of his finest paintings. He has lived virtually his whole life there. He started writing for pleasure when he was 13 years old, with a science fiction novel! Naturally, his writing was less dominant for many years, as he and his wife Jenny raised their three children to adulthood and independence. He returned to writing seriously in February 2012, following a long illness. Since then, he has written and published, in e-book format, several short stories and, in e-book and paperback formats, four novelettes and a novella. He has also been working on a major fantasy novel.

His published stories include tales in three series: the Thief series of fantasy short stories, the mixed genre G1: The Guardians series (two novelettes and a novella, to date) and the science fiction Captain Henri Duschelle Stories (a short story and two novelettes, so far). The novelettes and novella have now been published in paperback. Fans of the G1: The Guardians series should be aware that a novel (part four of the series) is going to be published very soon! (This is the last book he wrote and published.)

Thank you for stopping by and reading this latest blog.  I appreciate your readership and support.  Please go to Steve’s links and check out his incredible books.

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Here are the links to purchase Steve’s books.

Purchase details:

ebook from: Smashwords Amazon stores worldwide The e-book will become available from other online bookstores over time!

Paperback from:

Hardback from:

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Thought for the day:  Remember those who have passed who touched your life in your daily prayers.

About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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8 Responses to Remembering Author, Steve K. Smy

  1. deanie2013 says:

    You did a great job with this, Janice! I didn’t know Steve for as long as you did, but we used to email quite often before he got sick and he always made me smile. Indeed he was a fine person, who was extremely gifted. I am only one of the many friends who will miss him and keep him in my thoughts.

  2. Paul G Day says:

    What a wonderful dedication to a friend. You are so generous and kind to write about this author. So sad. 😦

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Paul. He was very sweet and oh so talented. What a shame for his family to lose him so soon. He had a lot more books to write too that we will never read. I am very upset because he was a special person.

  3. Sarah Mazor says:

    Thank you for sharing.
    Beautiful post remembering a beautiful man.

  4. Steve was an amazIng encourager and supporter for all of us (indies). He is sorely missed…

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