Steve DeGroof


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I started writing short stories in 2016. OK, to be honest, I wrote a lot of stories before then, but never really thought about publishing them. What tipped the balance was a Twitter hashtag: #FirstLineToMyNovel. I scribbled down a bunch of them, just for fun. About a month later, I created a Tumblr where I could expand each into a story. When I was done, I realized I had enough material for a book. That was “Dandelion Seeds”. After that, I was hooked. I'm now up to four collections, working on #5.

I like to think I write in the style of Larry Niven and Ray Bradbury, with a bit of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett thrown in. Is my writing even remotely of the same caliber? Oh, hell, no. I'm not quite that delusional. Are my stories pretty good? Yeah, I like to think so. And I've gotten some favorable feedback from people who've read them, so they can't be too bad.

What I'm working towards is being able to write something along the lines of Niven's “Passerby” or Bradbury's “The Million Year Picnic”. I'm definitely not there yet. Maybe someday. In the meantime, here's what I've got. Hope you enjoy them.

A note for libraries and book stores (or, more likely, the humans that work in them): The books should be available through the Ingram catalog, if you're interested in stocking them. Preview e-copies are available on request.


Review Blurbs

“…fun and often funny, and cleverly twisty.”
“A great little collection of short stories. Reminds me a lot of John Scalzi, whom I also enjoy.”
“…these stories read much like the basis for episodes of the old Ray Bradbury Theater show.”
“The world building in particular made each story feel fleshed out and grounded in its own strange way.”
“The author is the guy who does the Tree Lobsters web comic (which I highly recommend) so you know it’s going to be clever and quirky!”
“The stories are quirky, whimsical, and very similar to Ray Bradbury’s stories from the Fifties and Sixties.”
“The author has mastered the art of the short story, with emphasis on short.”
“Three books in and the short story world building hasn’t slowed down in the slightest. Wildly creative and surprisingly fun.”


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