Steve Cross’s first successful writing project was a play about a werewolf that his eighth grade English class performed. Though the play was never published, the warm fuzzy feeling from its public performance has never quite left Cross who continues to sink his teeth into a variety of writing projects. His first publication was a haiku which came to him literally out of the gray, one chill October evening in the year – well, never mind the year. Suffice to say, it was a while ago. Though far from being a literary masterpiece, this haiku gave him his first hit of the addicting drug called publication. “Coyote’s wail/ shivering in the gray dusk/lingers on cold air.” Though not music to anyone’s ear, the poem looked great in the pages of Dragonfly Quarterly where it was published.
Cross has had two middle grade novels published by POD publishers and one young adult novel published. Fall of Knight is his second YA novel. Cross, dealing with mental illnesses himself, chose to write this novel about mental illness and the effects it can have on an individual. In addition to these novels, Cross has published short fiction, nonfiction, and several plays, some of which are performed every year by schools in the United States and Canada. When he isn’t writing, Cross is a closet philosopher, being chosen as one of Twitter’s top philosophers. Read his #crossbytes in his twitter account @stevecrosswords.