Frequently Asked Questions

These are the questions that I get asked most frequently about The Legend of the Firewalker. Most of the questions have come from beta readers and friends of friends who have already read book one...and are already requesting book two!  

If you have a question that I haven’t answered, please comment on the blog.

Why the name Lafonda?  
I get this question A! I assume people ask me this question because everything about Lafonda doesn’t match the stereotype of an African American woman with that name…which was the point! Don’t judge a book by its cover, and in this case, name.    

Is there something brewing between Nathan and Lafonda? 
Hmm…great question! But if I tell you it would ruin the experience of discovering what happens as the characters do.

Is there a second book planned for The Legend of the Firewalker? 
After people read The Legend of the Firewalker the first response I usually get is, “I know there is another book...there has to be!” So, yes, there is definitely another book.

How many books in the series do you have planned? 
This is the question I normally get asked after answering the question above. As of now, I know there will be at least 4 books.

Are you Nathan or in other words, is Nathan’s character based off of you? 
No. Nathan and I have similar personalities, but Nathan’s character is not based off of me.

Was Stephen Malick named Stephen after you? 
No, Stephen Malick nor Amanda’s boyfriend Steve was named because of me. The name Stephen Malick just randomly popped in my head during a daydream I had of a conversation between Nathan and Malick.

Which character is your favorite?   
They all are! Which I’m sure you would expect any author to say, but if I had to choose, I would say the character I adored the most in the first book was Jonas. Jonas was never intended to play such a big role in the book, but he was such a fan favorite amongst beta readers that I decided to include him more in the story.  

How long did it take you to write the book?
It took me about 8 months to write The Legend of the Firewalker. A lot of that time was research, developing the storyline, and flushing out the characters, setting, etc.

Is there a Cahokia Falls, Illinois?  
No, there isn’t, but in Nathan’s world Cahokia Falls is in central Illinois.

Are there even water falls in Illinois? 
Haha, yes! They aren’t as big as Niagara Falls, but they do exist. If you want proof…click here to view Burden Falls near Harrisburg, Illinois.

What about the Cahokia American Indians mentioned in the book? 
The Cahokia were an ancient American Indian tribe indigenous to the Midwest and they are known for their monumental mounds. Even though what’s written in the series about them is fantasy, I thought it would be cool to bring more light to this amazing civilization by including them in the book.  The Cahokia Mounds are located in southern Illinois, and you can learn more about them here


  1. Thanks Steve for all of your informative websites. I can't wait to read the book !

  2. You're welcome, Masshara! I will be announcing the release date for The Legend of the Firewalker very soon!

  3. Can't wait to buy the book. My nephew Baub, did your cover page... Plus, I'm looking forward to reading the book....

  4. Just finished your book. Wasn't sure I was gonna like it, but I literally fell in love with all the characters. Great first book (you probably hear this a lot) but I can't wait for the second one!!!! Thanks for writing such a great story, I passed it along to my daughter.

  5. Thank you so much Deena! I am glad to hear that and I hope your daughter likes it too! I love the characters as well and have great plans in store for them in book 2.

    If you get a chance, I would love it if you left a review on Amazon. What you said above would be perfect! :)

  6. I loved this book! Can't wait to get my hands on book 2, thanks for a great read.

    1. You are most welcome Nancy! If you get a chance please leave a review on Amazon and thank you so much for stopping by! :)

  7. When is book 3 coming out? I'm hooked!

  8. when is book three coming out i bought book 1 and 2 within days of each other only to return to amazon to find no book 3

    1. That is the question many of us have been waiting to find out. In March he said soon. He has refused to provide an update to several of us trying to figure out how long soon means to him...

  9. Today is July 25, 2015 and Steve still has not responded or expanded on what he means by "soon". That was four months ago. You w ould think he would want to take care of his fan base. The green backs can just as easily turn to something else.

    1. Hi KC-H,

      Thank you so much for checking back for a release date and for an answer to your "how soon" question.

      I hope you stop by for Book #3's cover reveal in October.

      Steve :)

    2. when will book three be able to be bought on kindle paper-white i have being dying to read the third book for a year?

  10. When will book 3 be available to buy?