This is the official website for award-winning author
S F Tomajczyk. His literary career began while he was a student at the University of Michigan. Over the years he has served in the roles of magazine editor, newspaper columnist, correspondent, publisher, and book author. His books have been published by St. Martin's Press, Running Press, McFarland & Co., and Zenith Press.
T H E W R I T I N G L I F E
S 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.
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. For many years he also was a newspaper correspondent and columnist.
Magazine articles Steve has written 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. The article was subsequently picked-up by the entertainment television newsmagazines, Extra and Dateline.
Steve has authored 12 nonfiction books, many of which were illustrated with his own photography. In one notable instance, Steve served as a one-man publishing company researching, writing, photo editing, proofreading, designing, and publishing SEALS: Naval Special Warfare in Action. Relying on richly written text and 140 images, the book offers little-known information about the Navy's elite special-operations force including mini-submarines, combat assault dogs, remote training facilities, combat tactics and, for the first time ever, the role of women in Naval Special Warfare. It subsequently won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal as the best self-published nonfiction book in the United States.
T E A C H I N G
Steve has taught writing, journalism, and communication courses at Franklin Pierce University and Rivier University. 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 encouraged his own literary success.
M A S S C O M M U N I C A T I O N S
In the 1990s, Steve broadened his communication skills. He served as one of several advisors to the US Centers for Disease Control & 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 for two decades 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.
P E R S O N A L
Steve is a born-again Christian. His many 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," Scooter and Jasmine.
Steve is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in the World, Gale's Writers Directory, and Contemporary Authors.
He is professionally affiliated with the Authors Guild, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and the National Eagle Scout Association. Previous affiliations included the American Society of Media Photographers, Academy of American Poets, and the Society of Professional Journalists (SDX). §