About the Author

Stephen Morrill has been freelancing full-time since 1984. During that time he has written more than 1000 articles for national and local magazines and for newspapers. (Well, OK, with news items, probably closer to 3,000 but he stopped counting more than a decade ago.) Nationally, his work has appeared in such magazines as Horizon, World Wide Shipper, The Robb Report, Vista, The New York Times Magazine, and Business Age. In Florida his work has appeared in Changing Homes, Florida Business, Southern Homes, and in a variety of city and business magazines.stevef3

Reporting: For ten years he wrote a biweekly column about maritime trade for Florida Shipper magazine and he has written about maritime shipping for other trade publications. As a Reuters News Agency correspondent for the west coast of Florida, his writing was used by newspapers, radio and television around the world.

Magazines: In addition to general-interest articles, Steve has written extensively about wine, humor, international shipping and trade, business and finance, architecture and the outdoors, and military affairs. He was the founding editor of Know Tampa Bay, a 25,000-circulation quarterly relocation guide to the Tampa Bay area. More recently, Steve edited, Savvy Executive, a Tampa Bay business profile publication. In all, Steve has edited all of, or sections of, five magazines.

Photography: Through his writing career, Steve has photographed many of his stories and, depending upon the subject, is able to provide complete text/photo packages.

Awards: Steve has been honored by the Florida Magazine Association for his short humor and by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects for his writing about architecture.

Fiction: Most recently, Steve has been working on two mystery series and a fantasy series. A version of the fantasy series is actually online here, appearing little by little as readers give feedback.

Click here for The Sorcet Chronicles heroic fantasy series.

Click here for The Mangrove Bayou police procedural mystery series set in southwest Florida.

Still working on the Cord Macintosh private eye/mystery series. Stay tuned.

Nonfiction Books: In addition to his ongoing magazine assignments and private corporate work, Steve writes nonfiction books, among them City in the Sun, a History of St. Petersburg, Florida; Flying the Andes, a ghost-written account of Pan American-Grace Airways, (University of Tampa Press); Fun with the Family: Florida (Globe Pequot Press); 100 Florida Freebies and Cheapies (e-book). He has written chapters in a number of military-related books. He wrote, photographed, laid out and supervised the production of A Guide to Historic Architectural Resources and Historic Preservation in Unincorporated Hillsborough County, a 128-page book commissioned by a local government.

Click here for more on nonfiction writing and samples.

Web Sites: Steve manages a number of web sites for professional groups, businesses, and himself.

Teaching: Steve started teaching nonfiction writing in 1988 for America Online. He has lectured throughout Florida on the subject of freelance writing. Since 1998, Steve has run WritersCollege.com which, with more than 60 courses, is one of the largest online correspondence writing schools.

Memberships: Steve is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). He was founding president of the Bay Area Professional Writers Guild, a select group of full-time professionals in the Tampa Bay Area. He was one of the charter members of the Tampa Writers Alliance, an organization for beginning writers, and for many years conducted their nonfiction training workshop.

Slacking Off: Steve spends weekends sailing, canoeing or traveling around Florida. Because he lives in the Tampa Bay area, he can do this year-round. It’s a tough life, but someone has to live it.

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