Since the early 90's, Steve Parton has been writing
magazine articles, technical documents, business manuals,
software manuals, teaching syllabi and music instruction
books - all of which duly entertained the reader, providing
the said reader was looking to play guitar, operate
a sound system, or perhaps run a music school.
None of these topics, as it turns out, came even close
to garnering the attention of Steve's children - hence
Steve's foray into fiction writing.
One evening in 2009, Storytime in The Parton Household
took a bit of a different turn when Steve's son and
daughter (aged 4 and 5 respectively) wanted a chapter
book read to them at bedtime. This was soon to replace
standard beloved fare as was Dr. Suess and The Bearenstein
Bears. By the end of Chapter 3 of the afore-mentioned
chapter book, Steve and his kids all agreed that the
novel was pure drivel. The actual phrase used was, "kinda
After the kids fell asleep, Steve sat down and started
typing what was to be his first book in a series written
for his children. This time, there would be no torturous
words like "Syllabi", no technical schematics,
and no quiz at the end.
Four weeks, three re-writes, eight thousand words and
fourteen chapters later, Steve emerged with his first
completed novel: "Lost and Found on Mars",
now required reading by all of Steve's kids' classmates,
and at least a few children from the neighbouring schools
who were read the story by their parents, or who are
old enough to devour a chapter book alone.
Steve has also written three feature-length screenplays, and has written and directed five short films, most of which were featured over the years at the Hamilton Film Festival.