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In no way does Steve Robertson, at 6'4" tall and 250 lb., fit the stereotypical image of the sensitive, soft-spoken poet, artist and author. In fact, there's nothing delicate about the rugged, hulking frame of the coach/athlete, educator/author, except his heart. This compassion is reflected in his writing, poetry and art. Susan Brandenburg, Freelance Writer

Background Information

About the Author H. Steven Robertson was born and raised in Florida, living in the various cities of Bradenton, Lake Wales, Sebring, Miami and Jacksonville. He lives with his wife Kathy and his two daughters, Summer and Sunny, in Neptune Beach, Florida. As an adolescent, Mr. Robertson worked on a ranch and in the orange groves outside of Sebring for several years and graduated from Sebring High School. He attended Newberry College in South Carolina on a full football scholarship and graduated with a liberal arts degree in 1967. He received his master's degree from the University of Florida in 1972. For the past 37 years, Mr. Robertson has worked in various jobs as an educator including teaching, dean of boys, administrative assistant, and librarian. He also has coached football, soccer, softball, track and most other sports in the extra-curricular programs after the regular school days. He retired in 2004 as assistant principal at a Southside Middle School where he also coached the boys' soccer team. His main hobbies other than writing and illustrating, include offshore fishing, computers and woodworking. In addition to his other activities, Mr. Robertson has done the cover art and illustrations for five published novels. These include Jetty Man, Mullet Run, Oak Baby, and Horny Toad, and "Sin City," by G. W. Reynolds III. Mr. Robertson's artwork and cover art also appears in his published books. These include "Ranch Boy" - a novel, "Acorns of Love and Wisdom"--which is a collection of poetry and illustrations he has created, "Bottom time" - a novel, "Soccer Made Easy For Americans" - a how to book on soccer, "The Stream" - a novel, and "An Excercise Manual For the Couch Potato" a Joke book. His most recent endeavor resulted in his illustrating--in beautiful color pictures--a childrens picture book called Peter the Pelican and Look Before You Leap. He also writes a column for First Coast Communities, which is part of called "Writer's Block." - -

Birth Place
Tampa, FL USA

Scholarship College Football, All Conference, All State and Small College All American
Batchelor of Arts - Newberry College
Masters in Public School Supervision and Administration - University of Florida
37 years in Duval County Public Schools as teacher, coach and administrator
Present Assistant Principal
Former cowboy, professional salvage diver, carpenter
Illustrator of the "Jetty Man" series of novels by G. W. Reynolds III
Cover art for "Crippled Pelican" by Michael Strickland
Author of "Ranch Boy", "Bottom Time", "The Stream", "An Exercise Manual For the Couch Potato"
Author of "Acorns of Love and Wisdom."
Illustrator of "Peter the Pelican"
Columnist for First Coast Communities: "Writer's Block"

Additional Information

Now available, a new novel "The Stream" - In what may likely become a classic, this Hemingway style story features 14 year old Sandy Stevens, a fisherman's son. Aneeta Sundararaj, Author, ( has reviewed the book as follows: Good stories are, by nature, meant to entertain; but, what can make a story great is the added bonus a reader gets when the tale teaches a reader something new; The Stream is a great story. What, you may wonder, did I learn from reading this great tale? I must admit that initially, it was with a little trepidation that I approached this novel. Fishing? What do I know about fishing? I thought. It is neither a hobby of mine and really, I could not very well identify with a story about a youth who gets lost at sea when he goes out fishing. But, I was wrong and in for a treat. I was hooked from the moment I completed reading the Prologue. The main protagonist, Sandy, is in some form of danger and I found that I immediately wanted to know what happened. This desire to know what happened was sustained throughout the tale and is testament to Mr. Robertson’s craftsmanship. The remaining chapters chronicle the events of Sandy’s life and experiences in the two weeks prior to this incident. It is an honest, heart-warming and yet funny account of this teenager’s life in the sea-side town of Mayport, Florida. In this story, Mr. Robertson has introduced various themes from the preservation of family values, teenage romance, boy-growing up and a rescue mission. To his credit, Mr. Robertson has managed to intertwine all of these themes and the end result is a tale which is seamless and flows beautifully. The language is neither too flowery nor is it too simple – indeed, Mr. Robertson has struck a balance to ensure that the tale is told with great aplomb. There is much humor in this story and it comes across in the many descriptions that Mr. Robertson has given to the characters and places. For instance, ‘Watermelon-on-legs’ and ‘Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum’ immediately create images that makes any further description of these people superfluous. Also, what was intriguing was that Mr. Robertson has succeeded in writing dialogue that is so true and original that it was refreshing. It is often said of novels that words should be enough to sufficiently convey a tale. When illustrations are included, something does not seem right and more often than not, a reader may become frustrated with the fact that the illustrations do not eventually tally with the description in the book. However, in the case of The Stream, it is the exact opposite for Mr. Robertson’s words already conjure up images that are most vivid and when the strategically placed illustrations presented themselves, I found myself thinking, “that’s exactly how I saw it”- indeed, the illustrations are beautiful and they add to rather than detract from the tale told. As I started with the idea that readers should learn something new when reading a tale, I think it fitting that I end this piece with what I’ve learned about fishing by quoting what is my favorite passage in the book: Actually, Sandy already knew that the tide would be low because he kept up with the charts. Good fishermen always considered several natural occurrences when fishing. The tide was one. Sandy liked an incoming tide. The temperature of the water was significant, the phase and location of the moon was another factor. The presence and location of baitfish in an area was also important. The moon would be setting about the time the sun rose, which was perfect. The water was very warm around the inshore reefs and there were lots of baitfish swimming there. This will be available for purchase September, 2006. Also just out: "An Exercise Manual For the Couch Potato" - Check out the funny, rotund little couch potato as he goes through his exercise routine. This will be available September, 2006 Just out in 2005- "Bottom Time." Robbie Duncan graduates from college and moves to Jacksonville Beach, Florida. In addition to being a ladies man, he finds a job as a diver and often thinks back to his rowdy days in college. In his bachelor pad, Robbie has the beautiful women coming an going. This is a fun, exciting book.

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Neptune Beach FL 32266   USA
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