Steve Newvine Columnist, author, service club speaker

Writing came somewhat naturally to me.  In sixth grade, I was the editor-in-chief of our first student newspaper.  

Our class rotated roles, and I was a sports writer for the second issue.  The student newspaper folded after that second issue, hopefully not because of anything I did.

College took me to two really good schools.  The associates’ degree from Herkimer College set the stage for my interest in television journalism.  

My bachelor degree  from Syracuse University positioned me for a fruitful career in local television news.  

My working career involved writing news stories as a television journalist for thirteen years.  As a chamber of commerce executive for the next sixteen years, I wrote and edited newsletters and travel brochures.  When I entered the public utility arena, my writing was confined to after work hours. 

I’ve written an average of a book a year for the past decade.  

Two of my books are family memoirs:  Growing Up, Upstate and Grown Up, Going Home are about my formative years in Port Leyden, New York.  If you grew up in a small town or was blessed with closely knit family, both of these books might help you get in touch with those precious memories.

Two other books are compilations of book excerpts, columns from Merced County Events, and an occasional dose of fiction.  

Microphones, Moon Rocks, and Memories along with Friend Through the End each include over thirty essays on all sorts of things that have touched my life. 

Two novels have come from my imagination with a hint of real characters whose paths I have crossed.  

My first fictional work was Ten Minutes to Air about a former television journalist who is framed for murder and who becomes a reluctant private detective to clear his name.  Sign On at Sunrise is about a young college student who works at a radio station while going to school in the mid 1970s.

Other books include a short work of non-fiction called Finding Bill.   It details my journey to learn more about my uncle Bill from his fellow soldiers in Vietnam.
9 From 99, Experiences from California’s Central Valley, is a travel book that features highlights from my first seven years of living in the Golden State and driving on historic highway 99.  I start the journey  in Stockton and then end up in Bakersfield and beyond to Hollywood.

In my spare time, I teach two sessions on soft skills to participants in the Love Plus life skills program based on the principles of my book Soft Skills for Hard Times.   The book takes my work experiences and turns them into learning examples for people looking for a competitive edge in work and success in life. 


California Back Roads is my eleventh book.  

I’ve taken about three-dozen essays, many from my regular column here on, updated each with new information, added a few essays from other publications, and included some never-before-seen material to create this book.

The book starts with an explanation of the “where the palm meets the pine” phrase we often hear about Central California.

The writing process for me has changed in recent years.  

In the past, I would give myself a year to use my free time to write a specific project.  I would commit to a concept in January, begin a rough outline and draft through late spring, critically analyze the project and refine the manuscript over the summer, and rewrite in the early fall.  

Formatting and publishing would take place in November and the book was ready by December.  In the last few years, I’ve taken more time to focus on my twice-monthly columns, while putting ideas for future projects in a file for a later date.

 I hope to return to a more ambitious writing routine in a couple of years so that I can continue to turn out a book every year.  While I’d like to return to the formats I’ve been working with in the past such as memoir and novel, I also would like to stretch into some new areas such as my faith journey and maybe a compilation of several fictional short stories. 

Steve Newvine  ~  Merced, California

Steve is available for service club program speeches and other public speaking events. 

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