Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson - Editor

Portland, OR, United States

Published author, editor and translator of historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers, creative nonfiction, bestsellers. Let’s tell your story.

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Overview

You're looking for an experienced writer or editor, and I'd love to help. I know what works as both a published and self-published author and an editor of bestselling works.

As a fiction writer, editor, and literary translator, I’ve collaborated with respected clients such as Amazon Publishing, Skyhorse Publishing, Girl Friday Productions, literary agent Peter Riva, and AVA International and Ziegler Film in Germany, among others.

I'm also the author of the Kaspar Brothers novels (The Losing Role, Liberated, Lost Kin) and other books. Under False Flags is the prequel to my latest novel, The Preserve. I was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany and live in Portland, Oregon. I'm also a soccer geek who follows my hometown Portland Timbers FC.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Espionage
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries
Literary Fiction
Psychological Thriller
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History

Certifications

  • Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship: Munich, Germany
  • Master of Arts in History: Portland State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, German: University of Oregon
  • • 2015: TransLab for emerging translators of German to English, a collaboration between the German Book Office NY and the Goethe-Institut NY

Awards

  • Quarterfinalist in 2009 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting
  • Oregon Graduate Laurels Scholarship
  • 2018 stipend award from the Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia)

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (over 6 years)

I've performed in-depth structural editing and assessment for respected clients such as Amazon Publishing, editorial agency Girl Friday Productions, literary agent Peter Riva, and various writers using Reedsy, among others.

Literary Translator: German to English

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (over 8 years)

• Nine fiction and creative nonfiction translations published by AmazonCrossing

• Regularly translate German novels from bestselling authors such as Sebastian Fitzek, Vincent Kliesch, and Wulf Dorn for submission to English-language publishers

• Translate publisher and agency samples, synopses, and promotional copy. Clients include AmazonCrossing, Pendragon Verlag, AVA International, and Ziegler Film

• 2015: TransLab for emerging translators of German to English, a collaboration between the German Book Office NY and the Goethe-Institut NY

• 2018: Residency at the Europäisches Übersetzer-Kollegium (European Translator College) in Straelen, Germany with a stipend award from the Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia)

Author: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Self-employed
January, 2001 – Present (over 19 years)

• Novels published by Skyhorse Publishing:
The Preserve (2019)
Lost Kin: A Novel (2016)
The Other Oregon: A Thriller (2015)
Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945 (2014)
Under False Flags: A Novel (2014)

• Rain Down: A Crime Novella; 1st edition from Endeavour Press (2016), 2nd edition self-published in 2019

• Bestselling nonfiction Kindle Singles Sitting Ducks (2011) and Double-Edged Sword (2012)

• Self-published bestselling historical espionage thriller The Losing Role (2010)

• Various short stories and creative nonfiction published. Reached finalist spots in major fiction and
screenwriting contests, including Quarterfinalist in 2009 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Preserve: A Novel

Steve Anderson

A Heart-Racing Postwar Thriller Ripped from the Pages of HistoryWho will reap the rewards of war? Hawaii, 1948. Troubled WWII hero turned deserter Wendell Lett desperately seeks a cure to his severe combat trauma, and The Preserve seems to be his salvation. Run by Lansdale, a mysterious intelligence officer, and Lett’s ambitious wartime XO Charlie Selfer, the secretive training camp promises r... read more

A Heart-Racing Postwar Thriller Ripped from the Pages of HistoryWho will reap the rewards of war? Hawaii, 1948. Troubled WWII hero turned deserter Wendell Lett desperately seeks a cure to his severe combat trauma, and The Preserve seems to be his salvation. Run by Lansdale, a mysterious intelligence officer, and Lett’s ambitious wartime XO Charlie Selfer, the secretive training camp promises r... read more

The Honest Spy

Andreas Kollender

During one of history’s darkest chapters, one man is determined to make a difference.In the tradition of Schindler’s List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler’s foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans—risking himself and the people he... read more

During one of history’s darkest chapters, one man is determined to make a difference.In the tradition of Schindler’s List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler’s foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans—risking himself and the people he... read more

Lost Kin: A Novel

Steve Anderson

Reunited in post-WWII Germany, two brothers are caught in a deadly mystery in this “hard-hitting tale of international intrigue” (Ben Pastor, author of Tin Sky). Munich, 1946: Even in a city still recovering from the war, murder is still murder. But when Irina—a Cossack refugee—confesses to killing a GI, American Captain Harry Kaspar isn’t buying her story. His investigation brings him to a ma... read more

Reunited in post-WWII Germany, two brothers are caught in a deadly mystery in this “hard-hitting tale of international intrigue” (Ben Pastor, author of Tin Sky). Munich, 1946: Even in a city still recovering from the war, murder is still murder. But when Irina—a Cossack refugee—confesses to killing a GI, American Captain Harry Kaspar isn’t buying her story. His investigation brings him to a ma... read more

Where the Desert Meets the Sea: A Novel

Werner Sonne

An illuminating and heart-stirring historical novel set in post-WWII Palestine, where the boundaries of love and friendship are challenged by the intractable conflicts of war.Jerusalem, 1947: Judith, a young Jewish survivor of the Dachau concentration camp, arrives in Mandatory Palestine, seeking refuge with her only remaining relative, her uncle. When she learns that he has died, she tries to... read more

An illuminating and heart-stirring historical novel set in post-WWII Palestine, where the boundaries of love and friendship are challenged by the intractable conflicts of war.Jerusalem, 1947: Judith, a young Jewish survivor of the Dachau concentration camp, arrives in Mandatory Palestine, seeking refuge with her only remaining relative, her uncle. When she learns that he has died, she tries to... read more

Rain Down: A Crime Novella

Steve Anderson

A man with no name hits the streets of Portland to find a friend he fears may have been killed for taking a stand.By the author of the new novel The Preserve.It’s 2009, and the economy’s falling apart. Formerly homeless, the no-name man owes what little he has to his friend Oscar. As a fellow day laborer, Oscar had always stood up for their rights—maybe one time too many. Now he needs to find ... read more

A man with no name hits the streets of Portland to find a friend he fears may have been killed for taking a stand.By the author of the new novel The Preserve.It’s 2009, and the economy’s falling apart. Formerly homeless, the no-name man owes what little he has to his friend Oscar. As a fellow day laborer, Oscar had always stood up for their rights—maybe one time too many. Now he needs to find ... read more

A Thousand Devils (Max Heller, Dresden Detective Book 2)

Frank Goldammer

A disturbing murder reveals a high-stakes conspiracy among the ruins of postwar Dresden.Two years after the firebombing that devastated the historic East German city, the suffering continues in the throes of a brutal winter. The wary and exhausted citizens scramble to survive, wolf packs of orphans scavenge for food, and Detective Max Heller is called to the scene of a savage murder. A Russian... read more

A disturbing murder reveals a high-stakes conspiracy among the ruins of postwar Dresden.Two years after the firebombing that devastated the historic East German city, the suffering continues in the throes of a brutal winter. The wary and exhausted citizens scramble to survive, wolf packs of orphans scavenge for food, and Detective Max Heller is called to the scene of a savage murder. A Russian... read more

The Air Raid Killer (Max Heller, Dresden Detective Book 1)

Frank Goldammer

As World War II ends, a killer’s game begins.In the final days of the Nazi regime, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again…The inves... read more

As World War II ends, a killer’s game begins.In the final days of the Nazi regime, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again…The inves... read more

The Other Oregon: A Thriller

Steve Anderson

Can an idealist from the city stop his estranged friend in the country from exposing a grim and damning secret from their past?On the surface, Greg Simmons seems an utterly improbable informant. He’s an idealistic, Cascadia independence proponent from the city of Portland. When the FBI calls on Greg to go undercover to investigate a dangerous militia movement out in rural Oregon, he knows exac... read more

Can an idealist from the city stop his estranged friend in the country from exposing a grim and damning secret from their past?On the surface, Greg Simmons seems an utterly improbable informant. He’s an idealistic, Cascadia independence proponent from the city of Portland. When the FBI calls on Greg to go undercover to investigate a dangerous militia movement out in rural Oregon, he knows exac... read more

The Undesirables

Chad Thumann

In the winter of 1941–1942, Leningrad is under siege, and Karen Hamilton, a seventeen-year-old American musician, finds herself trapped and struggling to survive. Throughout the city, people are dying of starvation and frostbite, and Karen knows that if she doesn’t escape immediately, she will share their fate. If she has any hope of leaving Russia and reuniting with her fiancé, Bobby, in New ... read more

In the winter of 1941–1942, Leningrad is under siege, and Karen Hamilton, a seventeen-year-old American musician, finds herself trapped and struggling to survive. Throughout the city, people are dying of starvation and frostbite, and Karen knows that if she doesn’t escape immediately, she will share their fate. If she has any hope of leaving Russia and reuniting with her fiancé, Bobby, in New ... read more

Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945

Steve Anderson

A Kaspar Brothers novel set during the aftermath of World War II in Germany from the author of The Losing Role and Lost Kin. It’s May 1945, the war’s just over, and Harry Kaspar, an American captain in Germany, is about to take a new posting in the US occupation—running a Bavarian town named Heimgau. When Harry loses the command to Major Membre, he’ll do almost anything to win the job back. Th... read more

A Kaspar Brothers novel set during the aftermath of World War II in Germany from the author of The Losing Role and Lost Kin. It’s May 1945, the war’s just over, and Harry Kaspar, an American captain in Germany, is about to take a new posting in the US occupation—running a Bavarian town named Heimgau. When Harry loses the command to Major Membre, he’ll do almost anything to win the job back. Th... read more

Under False Flags: A Novel

Steve Anderson

Forced into the brutal Battle of the Bulge of 1944, two soldiers on opposing sides find the courage to desert a war gone sour.For both American GI Wendell Lett and German seaman Holger Frings, the relentless bloodbath of World War II has become a treacherous prison and a curse. Just as Wendell Lett meets Heloise, a wise Belgian woman who offers him a chance of deliverance from the physical and... read more

Forced into the brutal Battle of the Bulge of 1944, two soldiers on opposing sides find the courage to desert a war gone sour.For both American GI Wendell Lett and German seaman Holger Frings, the relentless bloodbath of World War II has become a treacherous prison and a curse. Just as Wendell Lett meets Heloise, a wise Belgian woman who offers him a chance of deliverance from the physical and... read more

Double-Edged Sword (Kindle Single)

Steve Anderson

This concise, fast read tells the true story of a self-made double agent who bluffed his way into the most ambitious Allied deception operation of WWII.In 1942, German military intelligence believed the Spaniard Juan Pujol Garcia was running a formidable spy network for them inside enemy Britain. In reality their man in London was making it all up, from Portugal.Pujol had fooled the Germans al... read more

This concise, fast read tells the true story of a self-made double agent who bluffed his way into the most ambitious Allied deception operation of WWII.In 1942, German military intelligence believed the Spaniard Juan Pujol Garcia was running a formidable spy network for them inside enemy Britain. In reality their man in London was making it all up, from Portugal.Pujol had fooled the Germans al... read more

Sitting Ducks (Kindle Single)

Steve Anderson

Sitting Ducks pieces together the story of an impossible and lesser-known WWII mission. In December 1944, during the bloody Battle of the Bulge, teams of German commandos disguised as American soldiers slipped behind the US front lines. Riding in captured US jeeps, they committed sabotage, sowed confusion and caused paranoia among American troops. Word quickly spread that the undercover comman... read more

Sitting Ducks pieces together the story of an impossible and lesser-known WWII mission. In December 1944, during the bloody Battle of the Bulge, teams of German commandos disguised as American soldiers slipped behind the US front lines. Riding in captured US jeeps, they committed sabotage, sowed confusion and caused paranoia among American troops. Word quickly spread that the undercover comman... read more

Steve has 5 reviews

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John Collins Jr
Being a first time author, I was looking for some professional feedback on my novel. I was fortunate enough to find Steve Anderson to perform an editorial assessment He not only pointed out my strengths and weaknesses, but also made creative suggestions throughout his assessment which I have found very helpful in considering my next steps. I would also like to add that the encouragement ...
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John Collins Jr, April 2020


George Kressley
I was lucky to find Steve as a developmental editor. His assessment provided exactly what I was looking for in an editor, and as a bonus, opened new doors, approaches and techniques to guide me on how to revise and improve my novel. Steve provided edits that made the revision process more efficient and productive and offered specific and concrete solutions to problems/flaws he found in the ma...
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George Kressley, March 2020


Mike Hollowell
Very good developmental edit- really helped me take project to the next phase. Highly recommend.

Mike Hollowell, March 2020


Christina Murray
Steve's lengthy, detailed assessment provided invaluable feedback on my draft novel. He had concrete, construction suggestions for improvements, and I could tell he really considered the story from the perspective of a writer as well as a reader. I would gladly work with him again and recommend him to others.

Christina Murray, February 2020


Jake Lanum
I've scoured my manuscript many times over the last year, but an editorial assessment from Steve was instrumental in story development. Like a Sherpa, he guided me with ease to develop the narrative and characters within my story. His assessment was delivered a full month before my target date. He gave pointed, clear, and constructive notes that has improved my writing tangibly. I've grown mu...
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Jake Lanum, February 2020

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