Steven K. Smith

Steven K. Smith Steven K. Smith is the author of The Virginia Mysteries series middle grade children's books. Adventures with a twist of history.

Steven lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and three young sons and a golden retriever named Charlie. He moved south from New Jersey in the spring of 2011.

MyBoys3 is a blog that was started in late August, 2009 to capture some of the daily excitement and trials that comes with being a dad to three growing boys. MyBoys3 Press began in 2013 with the release of Steven K. Smith's first middle grade children's book, Summer of the Woods. His second book, Mystery on Church Hill, will be available in December 2013.

One of the best parts of being an author is meeting readers from near and far. Amy and her family are on a two week RV t...
07/15/2019

One of the best parts of being an author is meeting readers from near and far. Amy and her family are on a two week RV trip all the way from Missouri to visit the locations in The Virginia Mysteries books! How awesome is that? It was great to meet them today and thanks so much for bringing your books to be signed! #superfans #kidlit #authorlife #virginiamysteries #middlegrade #historylovers #bookstagram #authorsofinstagram

Celebrating the 4th in style #Virginia #authorlife #authorsofinstagram  @ High Bridge (Appomattox River)
07/09/2019

Celebrating the 4th in style #Virginia #authorlife #authorsofinstagram @ High Bridge (Appomattox River)

Rockin Jake Owen concert with my girl. #summernights #jakeowen
06/27/2019

Rockin Jake Owen concert with my girl. #summernights #jakeowen

Summer of the Woods with my friends at Ingram Spark at ALA19 #alaac19 #kidlit #writersofinstagram #bookstagram #middlegr...
06/22/2019

Summer of the Woods with my friends at Ingram Spark at ALA19 #alaac19 #kidlit #writersofinstagram #bookstagram #middlegrade #indiepublishing

Meeting some great librarians at #alaac19
06/22/2019

Meeting some great librarians at #alaac19

If you’re at the American Library Assn Annual Conference in DC this weekend I hope you can stop by and say hello and c...
06/20/2019

If you’re at the American Library Assn Annual Conference in DC this weekend I hope you can stop by and say hello and check out The Virginia Mysteries! #ala19 #authorlife #library #librariansofinstagram #librarian #librarians #kidlit #middlegrade #middlegradefiction #middlegradebooks #bookstagram #childrensbooks #indieauthor #virginia #bookstagrammer

Great time today at the Ashland Strawberry Faire- thanks to everyone who came out and said hi! #strawberries #authorlife...
06/16/2019

Great time today at the Ashland Strawberry Faire- thanks to everyone who came out and said hi! #strawberries #authorlife #kidlit #rva #festivalseason #middlegradebooks #bookstsgram #childrensbooks

Big news...
06/07/2019
Elliott Management to acquire Barnes & Noble for $683 million

Big news...

Elliott, the firm founded and led by billionaire Paul Singer, acquired Britain's biggest bookseller, Waterstones, last year. Owning the two book retailing giants could give Elliott synergies and buying leverage with publishers.

Come see me at Booth 611 at the Virginia Homeschool Convention! #heavcon #rva #kidlit #authorlife #middlegradebooks #vir...
06/05/2019

Come see me at Booth 611 at the Virginia Homeschool Convention! #heavcon #rva #kidlit #authorlife #middlegradebooks #virginiamysteries #bookstagram

Here's a full listing of the Open House schedule this summer at Swannanoa, one of the settings in my book, Midnight at t...
06/05/2019

Here's a full listing of the Open House schedule this summer at Swannanoa, one of the settings in my book, Midnight at the Mansion!

Announcing our 2019 Open House Schedule!

Swannanoa was built by James and Sallie Dooley of Maymont as their summer home. It is now a privately owned historical venue only open to the public select weekends May-November. Get your opportunity to see an exclusive glimpse of a pre-restoration home and what the test of time can do especially after laying completely abandoned for 12 years after The Great Depression. We also offer privately booked weddings, special events, photoshoots, conferences, parties, etc.

On these select weekends we are open 11:30-5pm. We offer guided tours at 11:45am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:15pm. Our docents are the current owner's wife/Director of Events and the author of the Swannanoa 100 year Pictorial Book!

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event. No reservations or pre-sale tickets necessary.

We look forward to sharing this fully marble Italian Villa on the mountain top with you all so you can understand why it was built, where it has been and what the future is for Swannanoa!

06/05/2019
Literati

Here's a great kids book club idea for ages 0-9. My books Summer of the Woods will be features later this summer and it seems like a great group. Check it out!

Help your child fall in love with reading this summer. Literati is the only book club for kids that lets you try before you buy. You can also donate your old books through the service and Literati will get them to kids who need them the most.

05/29/2019

I am regrettably unable to attend the Summer Reading Palooza at Carver Middle tomorrow night, May 30th, as originally planned and mentioned in my last newsletter. I apologize if anyone was hoping to get a book at the event.

Early morning paddle to the 288 bridge to beat the heat #kayaking #rva #holidayweekend #authorlife
05/25/2019

Early morning paddle to the 288 bridge to beat the heat #kayaking #rva #holidayweekend #authorlife

05/20/2019

Celebrating 6 years and 100k books sold as an indie middle grade author. Thanks for all your support!

Hot day in the sun for River Rock Festival #rva
05/19/2019

Hot day in the sun for River Rock Festival #rva

Pretty cool getting fan mail from a young reader in The Philippines! #authorlife #kidlit #middlegradebooks #bookstagram ...
05/14/2019

Pretty cool getting fan mail from a young reader in The Philippines! #authorlife #kidlit #middlegradebooks #bookstagram #fanmail

One of the great parts in writing about famous historic locations is meeting fabulous people like Diana Cordray, Manager...
05/13/2019

One of the great parts in writing about famous historic locations is meeting fabulous people like Diana Cordray, Manager of Youth Programs & Special Projects at Mount Vernon. We had a great time holding a book talk and related tour for several dozen visitors! #authorvisit #historycomesalive #authorlife #georgewashington #kidlit

Happy Mother’s Day!
05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day!

Great time at St. Bridget School today! #authorvisit #middlegrade #rva #bookstagram #kidlit
05/09/2019

Great time at St. Bridget School today! #authorvisit #middlegrade #rva #bookstagram #kidlit

An Evening with Charles Frazier at The American Civil War Museum
04/30/2019
An Evening with Charles Frazier at The American Civil War Museum

An Evening with Charles Frazier at The American Civil War Museum

Mon, May 6, 2019, 6:00 PM: We are deeply honored to present Charles Frazier in partnership with The American Civil War Museum.We are gigantic fans of both!A portion of this evening's sales will go to

Shadows at Jamestown heading off to Scholastic Book Fairs across Virginia as a VRC 2020 title! #virginiamysteries #readi...
04/19/2019

Shadows at Jamestown heading off to Scholastic Book Fairs across Virginia as a VRC 2020 title! #virginiamysteries #readinglist2019 #middlegradebooks #kiit #bookfair

Great time speaking to grades 3-5 at Spring Run Elementary today! #authorlife #schoolvisit #virginiamysteries #middlegra...
04/16/2019

Great time speaking to grades 3-5 at Spring Run Elementary today! #authorlife #schoolvisit #virginiamysteries #middlegrade

Happy birthday Mr. Jefferson! A great time to catch the reenactment at St. John's Church!
04/13/2019

Happy birthday Mr. Jefferson! A great time to catch the reenactment at St. John's Church!

On this day in 1743, President Thomas Jefferson, drafter of the Declaration of Independence was born. Come celebrate with us tomorrow at our liberty or death reenactment in Mr. Jefferson's honor. Tickets on our website. Wear your UVA and snap a pic! http://ow.ly/kSu930opx7W

Steven K. Smith's cover photo
04/12/2019

Steven K. Smith's cover photo

Great article about the Maymont Mansion!
04/02/2019
Gilded Age Revival

Great article about the Maymont Mansion!

Recently retired, Dale Wheary spent four decades turning Maymont’s mansion into a leading Richmond tourist attraction. She reflects on a career of collaboration and discoveries.

Exploring the sights with a weekend in Philly. @ Independence Hall
04/02/2019

Exploring the sights with a weekend in Philly. @ Independence Hall

Some of our mystery brainstorming today at Springfield Park Elementary was about their kangaroo mascot going missing. So...
03/19/2019

Some of our mystery brainstorming today at Springfield Park Elementary was about their kangaroo mascot going missing. So far it’s still around. That’s me on the left. #authorlife #schoolvisit #rva #kidlit #middlegrade

The Valentine
03/16/2019

The Valentine

On March 23 and 24, local historic sites will open their doors for the Time Travelers Free Admission Weekend! Experience 400 years of fascinating history, including historic homes, museums and other one-of-a-kind attractions.

Below are images of just a handful of the locations taking part. Find a full list of participating sites, download your Time Travelers Passport and learn more here: https://thevalentine.org/13131-2/ #RVA #RichmondStories

Big crowd at the Virginia State Reading Association conference! I’d love to meet some new educators if you’re here! ...
03/14/2019

Big crowd at the Virginia State Reading Association conference! I’d love to meet some new educators if you’re here! #vsra19 #authorlife #reading #middlegradebooks #virginiamysteries

Fun signing books at Robious Elementary next to Richard & Kathy Verlander and David Landis!  #authorsigning #kidlit #aut...
03/08/2019

Fun signing books at Robious Elementary next to Richard & Kathy Verlander and David Landis! #authorsigning #kidlit #authorlife #rva @ Robious Elementary School PTA

Great drawings of scenes from Shadows at Jamestown by students at Chancellor Elementary this week! Nice work! #bookart #...
03/07/2019

Great drawings of scenes from Shadows at Jamestown by students at Chancellor Elementary this week! Nice work! #bookart #kidlitart #middlegradebooks #authorvisit #virginiamysteries #bookstagram #authorlife

So much fun with the students at Temperance Elementary last week. The entire school read Summer of the Woods together! #...
03/05/2019

So much fun with the students at Temperance Elementary last week. The entire school read Summer of the Woods together! #virginiamysteries #oneschoolonebook #authorvisit #kidlit #bookstagram #middlegradebooks #middlegrade

Virginia Children's Book Festival
02/28/2019

Virginia Children's Book Festival

Our book drive is almost done! If your school has had a book drive for the VCBF, please let us know so we can mark your tally to see if you win the free author visit with Steven K. Smith! Please email us at [email protected] to let us know.

Thanks for hosting me this afternoon to speak to 4th graders about Jamestown at Glen Lea Elementary! #authorvisit #reada...
02/27/2019

Thanks for hosting me this afternoon to speak to 4th graders about Jamestown at Glen Lea Elementary! #authorvisit #readacrossamerica #authorsofinstagram

It was great speaking to grades 3&4 today and then meeting families tonight at Literacy Night at OB Gates Elementary. Th...
02/27/2019

It was great speaking to grades 3&4 today and then meeting families tonight at Literacy Night at OB Gates Elementary. Thanks for having me! #authorvisit #readacrossamerica

Great to see one of my new signed library posters up this week at Longan Elementary! #authorvisit #authorsofinstagram #r...
02/23/2019

Great to see one of my new signed library posters up this week at Longan Elementary! #authorvisit #authorsofinstagram #rva #kidlit #middlegradebooks #authorlife

02/17/2019
Angie Miles - WTVR CBS 6

Angie Miles - WTVR CBS 6

Good times in Goochland today. Despite some wintry weather, we gathered to read from and talk about our books and the writing process. Thanks to the wonderful planners and hosts...and to those who came out to join us.

Hello Loudoun County! Great to visit Countryside & Sanders Corner Elementary schools today! #authorvisit #authorsofinsta...
02/15/2019

Hello Loudoun County! Great to visit Countryside & Sanders Corner Elementary schools today! #authorvisit #authorsofinstagram #middlegrade #kidlit

Cool listening to Michael Lewis and John Grisham today in Charlottesville
02/09/2019

Cool listening to Michael Lewis and John Grisham today in Charlottesville

Charlie’s guarding some big news coming out soon about these books! Stay tuned! #readinglist2019 #kidlit #middlegradeb...
02/06/2019

Charlie’s guarding some big news coming out soon about these books! Stay tuned! #readinglist2019 #kidlit #middlegradebooks #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram

A great chance to win a free author visit from yours truly! It's great to be working with the Virginia Children's Book F...
02/01/2019

A great chance to win a free author visit from yours truly! It's great to be working with the Virginia Children's Book Festival!

It's the first day of February, so start your book drive now to win a FREE author visit from Steven K. Smith! The school, business, or person who collects the most new and gently-used children's books for the VCBF by the end of the month will win a FREE author visit for the school of their choice! Don't miss this fantastic opportunity! Email us at [email protected] for more information.

For any readers of Brother Wars: The Big Apple, this will make sense. Bound to be the next fashion craze. #merch #brothe...
01/30/2019

For any readers of Brother Wars: The Big Apple, this will make sense. Bound to be the next fashion craze. #merch #brotherwars #kidlit #authorlife

01/28/2019

Wow - congratulations to fellow Richmonder Meg Medina for just winning the Newbery Award for her book Merci Suarez Changes Gears!

An article in the Lexington News-Gazette about my visit last week to Mountain View Elementary.
01/25/2019

An article in the Lexington News-Gazette about my visit last week to Mountain View Elementary.

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