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About the author: Following a previous life, he has turned his attention to telling stories about the Old West during the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has discovered there are thousands of untold stories to be found in old newspapers, magazines, and sometimes even history books. The stories he writes are mostly made-up fiction, but then so are a lot of history books. He has learned that what people most value are not the bare bone facts of the past, but the stories we tell about them. Steve (whose friends mostly refer to him as "Bart") derives his idea from listening to people, walking around old neighborhoods, and a lot of reading. As for his previous life, he had an undistinguished career in civil service. His first actual job was in the U.S. Army. Someday he may write a book titled "All I Need to Know I learned in the Army." He now lives in a rural part of northern California, where he likes to listen to folks and look at trees.
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Enjoy an excerpt from Black Bart Reborn.
Enjoy an excerpt from GOLD, A Tale of the California Gold Rush
Enjoy an excerpt from The Imaginary Emperor
Enjoy an excerpt from the novel Journey to Rhyolite
Enjoy an excerpt from the new novel - Spirit Catcher
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1. When did you start writing professionally? That would be back when I was age 20. I was still a proud member of the U.S. Army, but about ready to get out. I sold my first story to Astounding Science Fiction, for $45.00. At the time that would have been a month’s pay for a buck private.
2. What drew you to writing in the first place? The first novel I ever read was “The Scarecrow of Oz,” by L. Frank Baum. After reading most of the Oz books I graduated to Edgar Rice Burroughs. I decided I wanted to be able to tell stories as well as those guys. I don’t know about inspirational teachers, but Miss McGloin in high school browbeat me into learning English grammar. I never had a chance to thank her.
3. How many books have you written so far?
So far, I have eleven books in publication, with two more on review by a publisher. I’m working on number eleven. In order written:
1. The Terrorist Plot at Gopherville.
2. Chapel Perilous
3. Gold, a tale of the California Gold Rush.
4. Journey to Rhyolite
5. The Imaginary Emperor
6. The Woodcutter
7. Black Bart Reborn
8. Ariella, an heroic tale
9. The Inventor
10. Spirit Catcher
11. Tunnel 6
4. What are you working on now? A series of short stories which are available on amazon, among other projects.
5. Why are you so attracted to the Gold Rush? I grew up in San Francisco. We grew up in old Victorian flats that still had gaslight fittings, window coolers, and pantries with flour bins. The Nineteenth Century never seemed far away. Neither did the thousands of real stories of that time and place.
6. What is your background outside of the writing world? After the Army I went to San Francisco State. There were a lot of famous writers there, some teaching and some studying. I discovered how difficult it was to make a living writing science fiction, so I put in my time in straight jobs. I spent more than twenty years as a social worker, in East Harlem, San Francisco, and rural California. In terms of marriage, I’m a three time loser, but I’m fortunate to have a talented son who is currently writing for the San Francisco Examiner, among other publications.
7. What do you enjoy most about the writing process? I never plot a book. When I begin writing one I have only the vaguest idea of the direction it might take. The characters themselves tell the story. If I get stuck, I ask myself what I would do if I were that character. If I knew in advance how a story was going to turn out, I’d probably get bored. I never think of myself as doing research, I just like to read a lot.
8. If people want to check out your books, where can they go? I have a page on amazon.com with all of my books there, here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=steve%20bartholomew
Below is a direct link to the dropbox.com account which includes head shots, book covers, excerpts and much more for your convenience.
When Geraldine Halloran arrived at the Central Pacific end of track in the winter of 1866, she was resolved not to be terrified. After all, she had a right to be there. She was hired on as a regular telegraph operator, though they thought they were hiring a man. She was the only other woman at Tunnel 6, except for Mrs. Strobridge, the superintendent's wife. Tunnel 6 was said by some to be impossible. Certainly nothing like it had ever been done. It was to be a railroad tunnel linking California with Nevada, over 1600 feet long and dug through solid granite using black powder, nitroglycerin, and more than 10,000 Chinese laborers.
SPIRIT CATCHER is an inspiritational story sure to pique the interest of those intrigued by the paranormal. Set against the backdrop of early San Francisco, author Steve Bartholomew showcases the complexity of the methods utilized by photographers of the era who would seek to deceive the public by proclaiming their equipment capable of capturing images of departed loved ones. SPIRIT CATCHER is a fast-paced novel that will keep you riveted as it spirals towards its chilling conclusion in the shadowy world of the occult. laine raia – Author/editor and proprietor of The Ponderaia, an equine boarding facility, North Reading, MA.
Black Bart Reborn
When Black Bart left prison he figured he’d had enough of crime and Wells Fargo. After all, he’d got time off for good behavior, and only had to do time for robbing one stage coach out of the twenty-eight he had held up. Bart thought he would try his hand at mining once again, and maybe settle down later by running a pharmacy. He also had plans for the woman he loved, Magdalena Ramos. Those were his plans. What he didn’t figure on was the man who had put him in San Quentin to begin with, Detective James Hume. Nor did he plan on meeting his old nemesis, Jason Sutliffe who had started Bart on his life of crime. A month after leaving prison, Bart was determined to vanish from the Earth and from history. The official records say he did. This book is a tale of where he might have gone, and what he might have done. It is not history. It is a story.
The Terrorist Plot at Gopherville
The Terrorist Plot at Gopherville was the author’s first novel. It’s a political satire involving a geezer who eats roadkill, talks to imaginary friends, and doesn’t much like the Government. At the time of its first publication, the author had hoped the book would lose its relevance with a change in administration. To his disappointment, he finds it may never go out of style.
1850: Dana is hungry and cold in New York City. He needs to leave town, fast, before his past catches up with him. He gets his chance when he lands a berth as stoker in a sidewheel steamer bound for the gold fields of California. He doesn’t actually know what a stoker is, but he’s soon to find out. So begins an epic journey that will change his life, sustain him through death and rebirth, and force him to carry gold to California.
In the winter of 1888, Dana Reynolds has no reason to believe in anything, until he runs afoul of Wovoka. Dana doesn’t believe in Truth. Telling the truth was what lost him his job back at the Chronicle in San Francisco. Well, that and drinking a little too much. In Nevada he’s learning that Indian agents can be as crooked as politicians. Just asking a few too many questions around here earned him a beating and a cracked rib. Now he was supposed to report on that so-called Paiute prophet, Wovoka, the Woodcutter. The only nice thing about Greenfield, Nevada was Charlene, the telegraph operator. Seems like even she’s gullible enough to fall for the Woodcutter’s line. He’s obviously another fake, as much a fake as Dana himself. Or is he?
The Imaginary Emperor
Joshua Norton is bankrupt and desperate in antebellum San Francisco. The whole nation seems to have gone mad. He discovers that madness is a viable option, and so becomes Joshua Norton I, dei gratia Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. Many people of the city happily accept him as such. Yet he discovers that even with the power of monarchy he cannot cure the unhappiness of the country or of himself. How can he help Marina, who wishes only to sing, or Sophia, who desires only wealth? Worse, how can he help himself–and what to do with his secret treasure? Based on true stories of Old San Francisco.
Rymer the troubadour possesses only one thing of value in all the world: his beloved lute, Ariella. Sadly, it has been stolen by minions of a terrible ogre. Without fear, Rymer sets off to find Ariella. On the way he learns he must get past the Black Duke in his Castle Starke. Luckily, Rymer has one ally in the person of Swine Girl. If only she didn’t smell so bad. . .
An almost-true tale of the Time of Heroes, with an enchanted lute, an ogre, a dragon, a lost princess, a giant, gnomes, an evil duke, and a great many pigs.
The Journey of Rhyolite
Nathaniel had his reasons for making the journey to Rhyolite. With a population of ten thousand and growing fast, Rhyolite was the greatest boom town in the west. And he hoped to find what had been taken from him-taken by the snallygaster. Some believed it was simply an old legend from the back hills of Maryland, this four legged flying snake that could snatch away whatever you most valued when your back was turned. Nathanial knew better. It had taken away Annabelle, the love of his life. At least, that was the way he felt. Now he was here in Rhyolite, to make his fortune, to find Annabelle-and to find the man he had murdered back in Baltimore.
Benjamin Wilson has always been a bit different. All his life he’s experienced mysterious things that color his world and set him apart. Not only does he see ghosts—he also has the uncanny ability to sense impending danger. From an early age, Ben learned to hide his psychic gifts by keeping people at a distance. His reclusive lifestyle is shattered when a sinister group of men, bent on exploiting his ability, threatens all Ben holds dear. To shield his family and save his own life, Ben goes on the run. Along the way, he discovers a paradox: his only path to safety leads to a most dangerous place.
- Steve and Sandy