The featured image above represents some of the achievements and collected writings authored by Steven Manchester (Photo courtesy & permission of Steven Manchester.).
“When I was young, my grandfather was an amazing storyteller. Although he never put pen to paper, I was awed by the power of words—to make people laugh or even cry. I knew then that I wanted to be a storyteller too.”
“She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells.”
— Dean Koontz, Lightning (1988)
“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine.”
“Community service—especially teaching my children by example, is very, very important to me and it has been since my return from the Gulf War. I’m a true believer in Karma, and that it’s so much better to be kind than right. Every opportunity I have to help, I do what I can to take it. We’re all in this together. I live a blessed life. It would be insane for me not to share those blessings. It’s important for me to give back, and it’s the legacy I wish to leave behind.”
“Steven Manchester has had a significant impact on the culture of greater Fall River and beyond. In a lot of his books, he uses settings or places from the local area. Through his novels, his screenplays and a holiday podcast, he provides the type of storytelling that entertains, educates and inspires people. In his books, he has touched on such topics as the Gulf War, post–traumatic stress syndrome, what it was like to grow up in the 1980s, the Christmas spirit, faith, and many other topics.
“Steve has also used his writing to help people. He helped a Swansea child write a book about autism and also had another child with autism do the illustrations for one of his books. But that is in Steve’s nature. He also organizes fundraisers every year to help different causes.
“Brian Fox, a nationally–known artist, has also worked on illustrations to go with Steve’s work. For someone like that to take time out of his busy schedule to contribute to Steve’s projects, also says a lot about the quality of the author.
“As a news writer who writes shorter articles by researching information, interviewing people and going to different meetings or events, I marvel at the creativity that Steve and so many other novelists like him possess to be able to produce a book. When you talk to him, he sounds like a storyteller.
“Steve puts so much effort into his books. He has won a lot of awards, But as I tell him every once in a while, one day I would really like to see him on the New York Times’ best sellers list. He deserves it.”
“Be true to yourself, always.
“Keep the faith!!!
“And NEVER, EVER, EVER quit. Most people in this industry would agree that more than talent or skill or even luck, perseverance is the one trait that will always get the job done.
“Knock on every door you can, and keep knocking. I promise that eventually someone will open and the warmth you feel on your face will more than validate every hour spent alone in the darkness.”
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© 22 January 2021 by A. Keith Carreiro
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