Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling.

Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption was his debut novel, published in February of 2011; Gabriel’s Return, the second in the trilogy, launched in August; the finale, Gabriel’s Revenge, book 3, hit the virtual shelves in December.

  1. March 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I’m subscribing!

  2. June 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Couldn’t find any other way to get in touch with you… couldn’t find your e-mail address anywhere. Anyway just wanted to let you know that I live down the street from you… well, not down the street literally, but in Cherry Hill. and I work in Mt Laurel. I got two young kids and a diabetic wiener dog. I know you found and liked my Facebook fan page when Smashwords did their fan connect a few months ago, figured I would drop you a line. Was talking to Karen Kenney Smith (K.Victoria Smith) over at Twitter and she mentioned you lived around here. So, hello. And i love Mexico, too. We have a timeshare in Cancun (probably the one place in Mexico I feel safe), but my 2 year old daughter is not plane ready yet. Maybe in a year or two…

  3. June 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I was looking for an RSS link to subscribe in Google Reader…but I’m not finding. Am I missing it?

    • June 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      You know, you got me – you just pointed out something I should have done, added an RSS button on my blog pages. Will get right to work on that…in the meantime:



  4. William
    February 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Hey, I’m a brand new self-published ebook author, and like every self-publisher, am trying to find as many ways as possible to promote my book. Your books are more of the sci-fi type, whereas my novel is a children’s book, so I don’t think you’d be up for a review of my book (unless, of course you want to, hah!). But do you know anyone that would be up for it? If you do, you can just email me at adventuresofriley@gmail.com.


  5. Jim Watts
    February 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I just finished the trilogy(I know – I’ve been following you on twitter for months – what took so long?) and posted a review on Amazon for you. Nice job on the story!

    I, for one, have been leary of the whole self publishing market. I know that the advent of the ebook is supposed to be the great leveler, the opportunity for all the unpublished, unwashed masses of authors to finally hit the big time. I admit, being a huge reader, I still tend to steer towards the safety of know authors (Dan Simmons, Neal Asher, Neal Stephenson, Ian Banks, Jack McDevitt, et.al.) rather than take the chance on supposed bestselling authors that end up actually being pretty terrible. My recent experience with R.A, Salvatore highlights this fear (and stupid me – I actually read several to make sure he was that poor a writer).

    You did a great job pulling together the storyline without a lot of annoying dictation of back story – one of my favorite attributes of the great Roger Zelazny – by simply starting in the middle of the action and letting the reaction of other characters tell the reader who Evan Gabriel really is.

    I look forward to reading more of your work – again – great job.

  6. May 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I nominated your blog for Versatile Blogger. Do with this what you will!


  7. Keith Shaw
    June 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I’d like to talk to you about short stories you may have.

  8. June 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Read all three on my Kindle-iPad. You got skills. Really!

  9. Mike
    July 24, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I have just started reading your first book and I must know (being Canadain) are you Canadian also Steve? You mention Toronto a lot in the book and describe the view out the window of the “cube” with such detail it’s like I was there. I live just outside Toronto myself. If your not Canadian or lived here I must know why you choose this city to be a main focal point, at least on the on-set

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