What’s the Most Government Can Do for Me? The Least Government Can Do for Me.
Steve Pomper was born and raised in Massachusetts. He is still a big Boston Sports fan (Go Pats!) but also supports Seattle teams. A big Bruce Lee fan as a kid, he had always been fascinated with Lee’s adopted home of Seattle. For this, and other more practical reasons, Steve and his wife (a firefighter) and their kids moved to Seattle many years ago. After nearly a decade of working in the landscaping field, including operating a landscape design and construction business, Steve decided to change course and pursue a career in law enforcement. Now, retired from law enforcement, Steve writes full time.
Steve graduated from Easthampton High School (Mass.) and later (much) from Southern New Hampshire University, summa cum laude, with an English Language and Literature degree and a minor in Creative Writing.
Law Enforcement Career:
In the wake of some area arson fires, Steve’s wife Jody became a volunteer firefighter, which grew into a twenty-five-year career as a full time firefighter (from which she recently retired). Her success motivated Steve to pursue a long-held interest in the other side of public safety, law enforcement. Steve began his career transition by accepting a job with Seattle University’s Public Safety Department. Steve served the university for nearly two years, rising to the rank of sergeant before accepting a position with the Seattle Police Department . He served in Patrol, the Community Police Team, and was a Field Training Officer for six years. He went on to dedicate over twenty-one years of service to the City of Seattle.
Steve had long harbored an interest in writing, having submitted the occasional letter-to-the-editor to local newspapers for years. As a police officer, Steve began to write more regularly including for the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild newspaper, The Guardian. Interested in politics from a libertarian perspective, writing gave Steve a creative outlet for pent up frustrations with what he saw as declining individual liberty, generally, and a liberal attack on law enforcement, specifically. Working as a police officer provided Steve no shortage of writing inspiration for both fiction and non-fiction. In 2003, Steve embarked on a ten-year plan to become a professional writer.
Path to Publication:
Steve got his hands on every book on the writing craft he could. He began placing political articles in online webzines. In 2005, Steve sold his first national article to American Iron Magazine. He’d long focused on non-fiction, primarily from a political and law enforcement perspective, but he decided to broaden his focus. Steve wrote a novel, polished it, and in early 2007 he felt it was ready to leave home. He found an agent, who, after declining the novel, asked Steve about a non-fiction project he’d been working on mentioned as an aside in his query. The agent liked the idea and soon sold the book, Is There a Problem, Officer? A Cop’s Guide to Avoiding Traffic Tickets. The Lyon’s Press in Guilford, CT. published the book. After publishing, Is There a Problem, Officer?, Lyon’s parent imprint, the Globe-Pequot Press, contracted Steve to write two more books: Seattle Curiosities and It Happened in Seattle.
Retirement and Career Transition–a nice gig if you can get it!
Steve recently retired from coppin’. No longer distracted by 911 calls, he is now able to concentrate on writing full time. Suffering from literary A.D.D., Steve has written three novels, many short stories (even a few poems) and has another non-fiction project, which are all in various stages of writing, revising and polishing. In support of his writing, Steve has appeared on over fifty Radio, TV programs and at book signings across North America and was recently featured as an expert author on the Travel Channel TV show, Monumental Mysteries.
Winding Road Literary, LLC
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