Who am I? A storyteller

Not long ago, I was enjoying coffee with two wise friends who are both named Steve, and the Steve who lives next door shared three questions that I’ve thought about a great deal since.

The first was, Who am I?

I am a storyteller.

The next: If that’s who I am, what do I do?

That wasn’t hard to answer either: I write.

And finally: If that’s what I do, how do I pay the bills?

For most of my career I worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, primarily at two family-owned New Hampshire newspapers: the Valley News and the Concord Monitor. I spent a stint in between at what is now the Tampa Bay Times. I was fortunate — all three were terrific newspapers with high standards and talented staffs.

During a year’s fellowship at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow, in 2002-03, I developed an interest in helping local newspapers meet the emerging crisis of the Internet. In time this led to stints as publisher at the Valley News and the Monitor.

I now work for a digital startup called Subtext Media. You may not have heard the name, but you know our work: We're the company behind DailyUV!
I have also written two books, the first — My Brave Boys, a New Hampshire Civil War history — with Mike Pride, the longtime Monitor editor and my good friend. The second is Pliney Fiske, a Civil War mystery I wrote in hopes of stretching my creative skills and reaching a different audience. More recently I’ve blogged on DailyUV from my perspective as a cancer survivor.

As for what I write next — well, that's up to you.
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