In 2009 Steve Burt was profiled in Connecticut Magazine as The Sinister Minister. In the 1980s and 1990s the pastor/professor had written church leadership books and inspirational story collections, then switched to weird tales collections, mystery/suspense novels, joke books, and publishing manuals.
His first collection, Odd Lot, won the 2001 Benjamin Franklin Award silver for mystery/suspense. The sequel, Even Odder, was one of the five nominee/finalists for the 2003 Bram Stoker Award for young readers (eventually won by J.K. Rowling for the 5th Harry Potter). In 2004, in a field that included Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, and Jeff Marriott, Oddest Yet won the coveted Bram Stoker Award, followed in 2005 by Wicked Odd, which won a 2005 Ippy Award.
In 2010, Steve's mystery/suspense novel, FreeK Camp: Psychic Teens in a Paranormal Thriller, won 12 international awards including the Mom's Choice, the Moonbeam Children's Book Award silver, and the London, Paris, NY, San Francisco, New England, and Hollywood Book Festival Awards. He followed that with FreeK Show (2012), which earned 8 awards including the Halloween Book Festival Best Teen and another Mom's Choice gold. FreeK Week (2014) won a Mom's Choice gold and was later named 2015 Florida Book Festival grand prize winner. The same week it earned the New England Book Festival Award for Y.A. fiction, and later the Florida Authors and Publishers Association's President's Award silver and the Halloween Book Festival runner-up for Best Y.A. Retired actress Melissa Epp reads the audio books for the FreeKs series.
The inspirational favorite, A Christmas Dozen: Christmas Stories to Warm the Heart, 2001 Foreword Book of the Year finalist, has a free sample story you can click just below the cover image on Amazon. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Dozen-Storyteller-Heart-Book/dp/B00MX5I6PG/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_7
Steve's 2015 books include:
Wicked Strange (2016 New England Book Festival Award, Best Anthology)
Vampires, Ghost, and Graveyards (2016 New England Book Festival Award, honorable mention Best Young Adult)
Vermont Ghost Busters (2016 New England Book Festival Award, runner-up Wild Card category)
Steve's 2016 books include:
First Worst Joke Book, Second Worst Joke Book, and Third Worst Joke Book in the Dumb Jokes for Kids series
Publish Your Book Free: Introduction to Create Space Print-on-Demand Publishing (2017 Florida Book Festival runner-up for Best How-to)
Christmas Soup for the Soul: 10 Hearty Helpings (2017 Florida Book Festival Award for Best Holiday-themed Book)
Steve's 2017 books include: Fourth Worst Joke Book (Feb)
Steve and his collaborator/editor/wife Jolyn Joslin live in The Villages, Florida when they're not summering in Wells, Maine.
To contact Steve Burt about doing a program or speaking on a panel, or if you need personalized copies of his books, phone him at 352-391-8293 (credit cards accepted), email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write him at 17101 SE 94th Berrien Court, The Villages, FL 32162. Steve and his wife Jolyn Joslin live and write in The Villages, Florida half the year and in Wells, Maine the other half. Guess which half!