About the Author


 Writer 1991 - present

Feature magazine articles on science, adventure travel, sports, history, forestry, natural history, recreation, travel, theatre, and entertainment.

Newspaper reporter for Pacific Publishing and Robinson Newspapers.

Interviews of athletes, actors, musicians, scientists, and others on the phone and in person.

Contributing writer for Balloon Life, Northwest on Stage, Intermission, Sports ETC., Canoe and Kayak Racing News, and Timber/West.

Six novels, Inland, Heart of Stone, The Flower Lover, Collateral Damage, The Isle of Alaska Mystery, Growing Up White in the Sixties and short stories.

Technical writing/editing, including business work manuals, educational brochures, and capability brochures for photographers.

 Magazine Columns 1986 - present

Real Estate News, Kirkland Courier

Olympic Athlete Profiles, Sports ETC. 1995-96

Exit Thinking, Northwest on Stage 1992-93

Plants and People, Association for Environmental Education 1986-87

 Proof Reader and Writing Consultant 1992 - present

Proof reader for Cascade Crest, a bi-monthly publication of the Seattle Sierra Club.

Assist health care professionals in developing ideas and in writing journal articles.

Edit educational curricula, newsletters, safety plans and procedures, in-house documents, and employee handbooks for private business.

Develop capabilities brochure for professional photographer.

 Program Director 1985 - 1991

Manage an Outdoor Education and Travel Adventure company. Develop educational curricula, operating manuals, and business plans.

 Volunteer Work

Executive Board Member, Alki Community Council, 1994 - 1999 and 2005 - present

Secretary, Wenatchee River Festival, 2004 - present

Publicity Director for Olympic Festival Trials, Whitewater Slalom, 1994-96

Chief of Logistics, West Regional Olympic Whitewater Slalom Trials, 1996-97

Education Chairman for Washington Native Plant Society, Puget Sound Chapter, 1992 - 1993

Program Director, "Celebrating Wildflowers," U.S. Forest Service, 1992


Life Sciences Teaching Credential, Humboldt State University, 1982.

Graduate study, biology and plant ecology, Humboldt State University, 1976-79.

B.A., botany, University of California, Davis, 1975.

 Special Skills and Qualifications

Proven, extensive experience in logistics, project planning, and management

Proficient with all versions of WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, and Windows XP

Proven ability to interview Olympic athletes and celebrities

Knowledge of western U.S. flora and avifauna

Proven ability to work independently

 Selected Publications

Complete Bibliography

Feature Articles and Interviews

Stekel, Peter. 2006. Mystery of the Ice Man. Sierra Heritage. 26[2]: 26-29.

Stekel, Peter. 2006. The Last Season [book review]. Ranger. 22[2]:18-19.

Stekel, Peter. 2006. The Mountain Yellow-legged Frog is Recovering in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Yosemite Nature Notes. Vol.6. Read it here.

Stekel, Peter. 2005. The River Rules. American Whitewater [first place award, Conservation Category, in the 2005 American Whitewater essay content]. XLVI[6]November-December: 50-53. Read it here.

Stekel, Peter. 2004. Kirkland theater to shake off the winter chill. Kirkland Courier. March, 2004. P.17-18.

Stekel, Peter. 2003. Medi-Vac in Sequoia - A Park visitorís view. Ranger - the Journal of the Association of National Park Rangers. XVIV[1]:16-17.

Stekel, Peter. 2002. Top Racer Takes Break. Canoe&Kayak. 30(9):13-14.

Stekel, Peter. 2001. Seattle Community College District in SEATTLE: 150 YEARS OF PROGRESS, by James R. Warren. Heritage Media Press. 510 pages.

Stekel, Peter. 1999. Tracking Brewer and King's Adventures on the Great Western Divide. California Explorer. 19[4]:1.

Stekel, Peter. 1999. Leaving No Trace Means Going Gently. Canoeing and Kayaking. March:90-94.

Stekel, Peter. 1999. Wildflower Heaven. Pack and Paddle. 8[8]:36-37.

Stekel, Peter. 1999. A Mickey Mouse Picnic Day. UC Davis Magazine. 16(3):48.

Stekel, Peter. 1998. Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. Balloon Life.

Stekel, Peter. 1997. The Cost of Living in Seattle. Seattle Magazine.

Stekel, Peter. 1996. Scott Shipley: A Whitewater Rush. Sports ETC.

Stekel, Peter. 1996. Among Glaciers. Sea Kayaker.

Stekel, Peter. 1995. Living with Fire. American Forests.

Stekel, Peter. 1995. Did Chief Seattle Really Say, "The Earth Does Not Belong to Man; Man Belongs to the Earth?" Wild West.

Short Fiction

Stekel, Peter. 1995. The Long and Short of It. The Red Herring Mystery Magazine. Winter. Pgs 21-27.

 Professional and Writer's Organizations

Mystery Writers of America

Sisters in Crime

 Writing Awards

Stekel, Peter. 2005. First Place in the American Whitewater literary contest - Conservation category. Read it here.

Stekel, Peter. 2004. Ephemeroptera, was awarded 3rd place in the 2004 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest in the Adult Article/Essay/Short Memoir category. Read it here.

Stekel, Peter. 1996. Second Place, Excellence in Craft Contest: Newspaper Article on Boating. Northwest Outdoor Writer's Association. Read it here.

Stekel, Peter. 1996. Second Place, Excellence in Craft Contest: Newspaper Article on Conservation/Natural History. Northwest Outdoor Writer's Association. Read it here.

Stekel, Peter. 1996. Third Place, Excellence in Craft Contest: Newspaper Article on Conservation/Natural History. Northwest Outdoor Writer's Association. Read it here.

Stekel, Peter. 1992. Accomplishment of Merit. What Meets the Eye? Creative Arts and Science Enterprises. Read it here.


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Links to Published Work

-Adventure Travel
-Book Reviews
-Business & Finance
-Health & Nutrition
-Newspaper Articles
-Olympic Sports
-Science & Nature
-Visual Arts
-Writing Technique
-The Flower Lover
Unpublished Novels
-Isle of Alaska Mystery
-Collateral Damage
-Heart of Stone
Specializing in the Sierra Nevada with a focus on Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
The story of Ginkgo biloba

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