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TheZeus Payload

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Nick King is a computer programmer and the lead technologist at his grandfather’s company, Gordon Defense Technology. When he’s not developing sophisticated security software for private and government clients, Nick and his friend and roommate, Dean Wright, travel to the Middle East in search of the terrorist responsible for the 1983 Beirut embassy bombing that killed Nick’s parents. Nick has promised his grandfather, Anthony Gordon, a former CIA operative, that he will find and kill the terrorist, Saleh, before his grandfather dies from heart failure and dementia.

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I read my short story, “Life Dies, and Then You Suck” on August 21st at LitUP! OC in Tustin. The story was published in the highly-acclaimed fiction anthology, It’s All in the Story.

The Zeus Payload World Tour continued on April 3rd, 2018, at the Dana Point Library in Dana Point, CA. I spoke on “One Hour MFA in Professional Writing” from 5-7PM.

The 2018 version of 24 Hour Creative was performed at Camino Real Playhouse on Feb. 3rd. My play, “The Optimism of Youth,” was brilliantly produced, directed, and acted. See my blog post for more details.

The book launch for It’s All in the Story was Nov. 2nd at Book Carnival in Orange, CA. Two of my short stories, “Full Service” and “Life Dies and Then You Suck” were published as part of the SCWA short fiction Anthology – It’s All in the Story.

SCWA Anthology

Along with Maddie Margarita and DP Lyle, I was interviewed on Suspense Radio on Saturday, October 7th, at 9am PDT. The link to the interview is: Suspense Radio Inside Edition October 7th, 2017.

The Zeus Payload world tour continued on May 19th, as the Read Between the Wines Book Club invited me to attend. They become the fourth book club to read The Zeus Payload.

My current novel project, The Lamia, is out for a professional edit. Then on to literary agents and publishers. I don’t know what its publishing home may look like, but I am confident it represents my best writing to date. And I’m busy with my next novel project.

My stage play “Life Dies, and Then You Suck” was performed live on February 4th at Camino Real Playhouse as part of their 24 Hour Creative Show. I was given the show’s theme (ethical dissonance) at 8PM on Friday night, we held actor auditions, and then I started writing at 10PM. I returned the completed play to the theatre at 7AM for the director and actors, they rehearsed all day, and the curtain went up at 8PM Saturday. For those interested, here is the final draft.

I was the featured speaker at the Southern California Writers Association on July 16th. My talk, “Structure Matters: Engineering a Novel” delved into how my engineering background is a plus in my writing career.


The Zeus Payload world tour is back from London, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

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Two local bookstores in Orange County carry The Zeus Payload. It is available at Book Carnival in Orange, a bookstore that specializes in Mysteries and Suspense. My interview and book signing there on February 13th was great fun.

The Zeus Payload can also be purchased at SJC Friends of the Library, a local bookstore in San Juan Capistrano, which has a complete selection of fiction and nonfiction. We are working on a date where I can be interviewed and have a book signing.

The people at both bookstores are friendly, helpful, and have a terrific selection of hardcovers and paperbacks.


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Meet Steven

Award winning novelist Steven G. Jackson is the author of the highly-acclaimed thriller, The Zeus Payload.

Steven is a versatile writer. In addition to writing thriller novels and horror novels, he creates comedies as one-act stage plays and short-short stories. Three of his plays have made it to the stage. Several of his short stories have won writing contests.

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