Life becomes more interesting where the pavement ends
Local western author Rick Steber has sold more than two million copies of his novels and non-fiction books, and recently has broken new ground with a new series of books, Western Prose & Poems.
In Steber's fifth release in the series, the reader will find that life becomes a lot more interesting and entertaining when challenged to journey beyond, when roads get a bit bumpy. Steber's release of "where Pavement Ends," was recently announced, and is currently available.
"As you wander across the Western landscape, you are sure to return home a changed person," he commented of his recent release.
Steber, often referred to as the voice of Eastern Oregon, has more than 50 titles under his belt and more than two million books in print. He has won numerous national and international awards, with five of his books optioned for movies. Steber is the only Oregon author presented with the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award â€“ Best Western Novel.
Steber is a keen observer of the evolving American West and indicated that he articulates these changes in prose and poems that are boldly descriptive, invigorating and spectacularly creative.
"I've been writing "Poem & Prose" for years," said Steber. "The first that was published was at the opening of my book "Traces." That came out in about 1978. I'm really a writer of books, but I find writing a poem — which is usually a single thought taken to a conclusion — is to me like stretching is for an athlete. It keeps me working at the craft of stringing words together and my brain active and challenged during those times when I'm not mired in the details of writing a non-fiction book, or a novel."
Customers can purchase an autographed copy of his new release "Where Pavement Ends" at Rick Steber & Company-Makers, and since he is usually there, he is happy to personalize it for them.
He also has a syndicated reading of his poems on the radio â€“ "Rick Steber, Western," a podcast on the Bend Radio Group site, found at https://backyardbend.com/podcast/western-way/
"I get up early every Monday morning just to tune in and hear Rick Steber's weekly poems on the radio," commented fan Steve Peeler.
"Just wanted to share how so many of us continue to enjoy Rick's weekly Western Way podcasts," said Valery Motanic, an avid listener of the podcasts. "They speak so candidly about everyday life experiences … and always seem to grab at the heartstrings where needed to take us through the week ahead."
In addition to his podcasts, Steber has begun posting daily poems on social media.
"Some of my poems and prose are personal, most are not, but in the beginning, I was a little hesitant — not wanting to reveal too much about myself and my emotions. I got over it … I put a new poem up on my Facebook page every day, and it's interesting the reactions I get."
One fan, Michelle Boisjolie Lavier, stated eloquently, "You have a such a way with words. If I didn't know better, I would think you were a writer."
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