Stephen F. Tomajczyk (pronounced "Toe-MY-check") was born in Newport, RI. Steve’s creativity became apparent at an early age. Beginning in eighth grade, teachers pulled his parents in for after-school meetings to encourage his writing abilities. It culminated at the University of Michigan when his English professor returned the final paper of the semester, scribbling at the top: "I accuse you of possessing talent and I dare you to do something with it." He took the challenge to heart and graduated with a contract in hand for his first nonfiction book, Eyes on the Gold.
THE WRITING LIFE
Steve holds a science degree from the University of Michigan and a professional photography certificate from the New York Institute of Photography.
His first post-collegiate job was as the New Products Editor at 80 Micro, followed by an Associate Publisher role at Softside Publications. He also was a newspaper correspondent and columnist. Over the years Steve has written 12 nonfiction books (most illustrated with his own photography), and his magazine articles have appeared in such diverse publications as Writers Digest, Lost Treasure, Yankee and Sportscape.
Steve was a correspondent for People Magazine. His most memorable assignment was writing about the Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol just after the movie Titanic was released. You can read about his adventure by visiting the Blog page on this website. The article Steve wrote was subsequently picked-up by the entertainment television newsmagazine, "Extra."
Steve’s literary career has also involved writing poetry, sometimes publishing under the pseudonym Brendan O’Keefe. Over the years he has established contacts with a number of poets who inspired him, including Dolores Kendrick and Poet Laureats of the United States Donald Hall and Richard Eberhart.
Steve has taught writing, journalism and communication courses at Franklin Pierce University and Rivier University in New Hampshire. He has also participated in the Young Author’s Program, whereby he visits elementary and middle schools to inspire children to pursue their creative writing interests. It is one of his ways (in addition to hosting writing workshops) to give back to those who had encouraged his own literary success.
In the 1990s, Steve broadened his communication skills. He served as one of several advisors to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and assisted in developing that agency’s national awareness campaign, "America Responds to AIDS."
While serving as President of the National Public Health Information Coalition, he founded and served as the managing editor of the American Journal of Health Communications, an award-winning, quarterly magazine that promoted effective social-marketing techniques.
And last, he founded Disaster Magazine, an online publication that covered disasters and educated the public on how to prepare for natural disasters, technological failures and acts of terrorism. The eZine's preparedness guide has been used by the Red Cross and numerous government agencies and scouting organizations.
Informational campaigns and materials that Steve helped develop over the years received 32 awards for communications excellence, including a Telly, a Golden Mic and six Graniteer Awards. He also received honors from the Marketing & Advertising Federation and the National Federation of Press Women.
Steve is a born-again Christian and has resided in scenic New Hampshire since 1980. He lives in a colonial ("Sweet Fern"), and finds inspiration for his writing from Nature. Among his diverse interests include: photography, antiquing, traveling, history, archaeology, cooking, hiking, canoeing, picnics, and the Arts.
He has two siblings, eight nieces and nephews, and two "kitty kids," Maddie (calico) and Scooter (tiger).
Steve is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in the World, The Writers Directory, and Contemporary Authors.
He is professionally affiliated with the Authors Guild, Academy of American Poets, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and the National Eagle Scout Association. §