After several years devoted to poetry, followed by a few minor achievements as a professional song lyricist, Keith Steinbaum eventually decided to write a novel, culminating in the completion of The Poe Consequence, a supernatural thriller/human drama that received’s 2012 Supernatural Thriller of the Year, Kirkus Reviews’ listing as a top Indy book of the year in its 2015 year end issue, and a Finalist placing in 2017’s International Book Excellence Awards competition. In March, 2020, Black Opal Books will re-release a slightly revised version of The Poe Consequence as part of their library. Steinbaum says that after reviewing the story for the billionth time, he found areas to improve the flow and will also feature a new book cover highlighting the dark urban feel that the story entails.

His second novel, also published by Black Opal Books, is entitled, You Say Goodbye and was released in February, 2019. It’s a whodunit murder mystery featuring The Beatles, a one-hit wonder ex-rock star, and a little girl with cancer who’s a big fan of the LA Lakers. The child’s character was inspired by the life, and unfortunate death, of Alexandra Scott from the Alex’s Lemonade foundation. You Say Goodbye received a top 5-star rating review from Readers Favorite, a top 4-star rating review from, a Finalist placing in 2019’s international Books Excellence Awards competition, and a 2020 TopShelf Book Awards nomination.

Although Steinbaum paid the bills through a long career in the landscape industry, in his heart he’s always considered himself a creative writer first and foremost. Now that he’s retired, he’s looking forward to the opportunity of writing another novel, this time unencumbered from the responsibilities of work. With a license plate that reads, Do Write, he explains, “I made my living through landscape, but my loving through writing.”

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You Say Goodbye was a Finalist in the 2019 Book Excellence Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Readers Favorites Awards