Stephen H. Provost

Many authors will tell you it’s important to work from the proper environment. A cat is essential to the creative process, and the sound of the ocean can get the creative juices flowing. Stephen can’t exactly hear the ocean from his balcony, but he can imagine it, and imagination is the next best thing to reality. Sometimes, it’s better.
If you don’t believe him, ask his cat. He won’t answer you, but cats are independent that way. So here he is on California’s beautiful Central Coast, editing his own weekly newspaper, writing his own books and living his own life the way he has always dreamed.
Well, he did dream he’d have a little more cash in his pocket, and the newspaper isn’t exactly his: he’s the editor, but it belongs to the company that employs him. The books aren’t all his, either: They’re issued by his publisher. But the point is he has a publisher.
Plus a brilliant and beautiful wife who also happens to be an author, and, of course, the aforementioned cat. Who could ask for anything more? Hey, even Stephen King wrote an epic fantasy. And J.K. Rowling finally stopped after seven Harry Potters to write a totally different sort of book under a nom de plume. So he figures he’s in good company being eclectic. He grew up in Fresno, so he wrote a book called Fresno Growing Up.
Stephen’s parents shuttled between their home and Southern California – where he spent six largely forgettable years of his childhood – on the Golden State Highway. So he wrote a book about that, too: Highway 99. Almost as much fun as the writing was the process of going on the road to take photos for both those books. He takes photos for the newspaper, too, which doesn’t make him Ansel Adams but it does make him, technically speaking, a professional. He has written a novel for teens and anyone else who likes a good adventure with a twist.
Then there’s that children’s story, his response to a request by his wife, Samaire, that he write her something for Christmas. he sat down at the keyboard, and eight hours later, there it was. Wouldn’t it be nice if all his books poured out so quickly? The Phoenix Principle took him a decade to write and wound up being more than 700 pages long. Even at that, he had to shrink the type smaller than he would have liked to make it fit in the maximum space allotted by CreateSpace.
He has published independently. He’s also published traditionally with Fresno Growing Up, and he’ll be doing it again with The Golden Road.
On top of that, he has written newspaper columns, covered sporting events, churned out blogs and run an editing business.
He has worked for daily publications, run a weekly newspaper, and he’s even written copy for TV and radio (albeit as a college student gratis for the experience back in the day).
His hairline may have receded all the way since then, but imagine a perm-frizzed greenhorn delivering sports scores via community access television in the early 1980s. Then again, you might not want to imagine that. The image was probably pretty frightening.

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