Stephan Michael Loy

Name: Stephan Michael Loy

Age: 59

Birthday: April 26

Personal Status: Married

Education: Bachelor’s in Journalism, Indiana University; Bachelor’s in Art Education, IU Indianapolis; Masters in Art Education, IU Indianapolis

Favorite Books: To Kill A Mockingbird, The Winds of War, Anna Karenina, The Stand

Favorite Movies: Network, Good Night and Good Luck, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Captain America: Civil War

Favorite Quote: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” --Leo Tolstoy

I’m Steve Loy. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana with my wife Amy. I spend my days shepherding two grown sons, an old but venerable Greyhound, and 700+ elementary-aged students as a public school art teacher. Oh, and I write. Most of what I write reflects my abiding interest in the history, culture and philosophy of man’s struggle to understand himself. I’ve tried to write the frivolous stuff; there’s money in there. I just don’t have it in me.

I draw my ideas and perspective from my long train of experiences. I grew up in the projects in Indianapolis (that’s low-income/high crime public housing, for all you pampered ones). I bulled my way through college as a means to escape poverty. I have traveled extensively, living in Europe for four years while serving in the United States Army as an armor officer on M60A3 and M1 tanks. I use all that experience -- in Journalism, art, history, and the military -- when I write stories for the worlds I create.

I haven’t exactly been lazy as a writer. I’ve published eight novels and a boatload of short stories and novellas, in various genres as differing as romance and military fiction. That doesn’t mean I’m unfocused, just that I don’t believe much in genres. Good literature is good literature, artificial descriptors be damned. I write what catches my imagination.

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