"Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for
one of them may be the king." Mark Van Doren
Reviews for DEADFALL
This tightly plotted roller coaster ride features very bad guys doing very bad things and fraught family drama.
A hair-raising, explosive thriller.
...A suspenseful thriller for fans of wilderness survival stories.
"A gripping, well-paced thriller that strikes a menacing tone, this will appeal to those looking for a good scare.
Reviews for BAD CALL
As a search and rescue professional and author on the subject, I appreciate this book in that it shows the progression of mistakes that people often make, leading to needing the assistance of an SAR team. Wallenfels does an excellent job weaving these facts into the narrative, and combining the elemental tensions of a great thriller."
Dean Rosnau - Author of The Shortest Straw: Search and Rescue in the High Sierra
"A fast-moving, sometimes funny and very clever story with very original characters.
Youth Services Book
Reviews for POD
Written in short chapters that alternate between Megs and Josh, this masterful debut grabs readers by the throat from the first page and never lets go."
Take the ominously threatening alien technology of John Christopher's Tripod trilogy and the suspenseful survival of an apocalyptic catastrophe of Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It trilogy, combine them in a single debut novel, and you'll have a good idea of the premise—and the promise—of POD.”
Reminiscent of Stephen King’s early novels, this sf horror tale could adapt easily to film."
Library Journal (starred)
Horn Book Magazine
Stephen Wallenfels lives in Washington state with his wife. He wrote freelance for the Health and Fitness industry for fifteen years before turning writing novels. His passions are family, hiking, cooking, reading, movies, climate change, and especially writing.
2018 UPCOMING EVENTS
Workshop on "Writing Subtext" at Rivers of Ink Writer's Conference in Richland, WA
Richland Public Library workshop on "Making a Scene" for Nanowrimo.
"DEADFALL" book launch at Barnes & Noble, Richland WA
11:30-1:00 / 5:30-7:00pm
Launch of the YA SURVIVAL TOUR in Seattle, WA
1-3 hour workshops are available on a variety of topics, or can be customized to meet your specific needs.
Populate Your Story With Compelling Characters
The 3 C's of Writing: Character, Conflict and Change
The Art of the Antagonist
Dialogue That Works (pssst...subtext is the secret sauce!)
Story Structure: How to Build a Better Novel
Making a Scene (understanding the basic elements of story)
Fatal Flaws: How to Find and Fix Them
Words Matter but Voice Matters More
A Writer's Journey: Putting Yourself in the Way of Luck