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

My current novel project, The Lamia, is ready 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 starting my next novel project.

My stage play “Life Sucks, and Then You Die” 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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The Southern California Writers Association is publishing an anthology of California-themed fiction short stories in October. The book will be professionally produced and available in bookstores nation-wide. If you are interested in submitting a story, here are the submission guidelines.

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Steven G Jackson - Author
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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