An illness turned me from reader to writer. And what an illness! While it slowly took my ability to walk, it gave me the perfect excuse to sit for hours and do nothing but read, write, and revise; it allowed me to pursue the writing passion of my heart. I was always one of those people who claimed he would write a book, but the excuses of life kept me from doing so. Money, vacations, children, friends, coaching, my business, and the damn lawn -- forever in need of a trim -- held my desire to write just out of reach, with all of my other someday hopes. That's when writing happened.
On January 1, 2006, I started writing seven days a week, from four in the morning until going off to work at a company I share ownership. I began with sixty-six daily practice writings, and I sent these via email to about 100 acquaintances. This taught me to write for readers. Today, I am now in my fourth year of writing early in the morning, and I have written those sixty-six daily writings, ten short stories, two full-length novels, and about one hundred Writer and Writing Quote of the Day blog postings. I've actually said the words, "I am a writer." Even though I still work my day job, it is a lust to write that flows in my veins. I could no easier stop writing than I could stop breathing.
Back in my early thirties, after achieving Enrollment as an ERISA actuary, my wife gave me a leather bound set of the 100 greatest books ever written. I read all of them — minus the poetry — and a thousand other books just like them. The collection is now beside my writing table, in tall bookcases with glass windows, and it looks down on me like professors watching a student. How naive I must look to them!
I can no longer walk without aid. Though I have written two novels and claim I am a writer, and even though I am pursuing my passion for writing, I understand the impossibility of adding my book to my own bookshelf. So what! I can put a great big check mark next my someday goal of writing. I wish you could see the smile.
Steven R. Lundin
Eugene, OR USA
Steven Lundin lives in Hillsboro, Oregon. 2009 marks his fourth year of writing everyday from four a.m. until he leaves to work as Marketing Director, Vice President, and co-owner of a foundation engineering company. He holds an MBA, actuarial enrollment with both the Department of Labor and Department of Treasury, and recently completed his second novel--the sequel in his epic Albatross series.
In 2006, Steven began writing and emailing a series of email writings he used as a means to 1) learn and practice the art of writing, 2) develop a subconscious awareness of readers and 3) prepare for writing his first novel. He wrote 66 email writings, over ten short stories, and two full-length novels. His first short story won first place in a 2007 Authorlink short story contest.
He lives with his wife of twenty years and their three teenage children.
Excerpts from two recent reviews of "Shooting an Albatross"
"This is a book for anyone enjoying the genre of intrigue, suspense, or romance. Lundin includes the use of comedy and the game of golf to draw the reader into a look into the past, a heartwarming story, and a madman’s psyche. “Shooting an Albatross” by Steven R. Lundin is a great read."
March 21, 2009: Reader Views (reviews by readers for writers)
"Lundin's plot in Albatross is of literary quality,"
3/19/2009, The New Podler Review of Books:
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