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The trials of book publishing

SaddleBrooke man publishes military novel

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Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 3:00 am

Steve Shear is well known in the SaddleBrooke set as co-founder with his wife, Susan, of the PrimeTime Players and the lively interactive courtroom plays they create for the DesertView Performing Arts Center.

As an internationally known intellectual property lawyer, he has authored almost 1,000 patents and numerous legal opinions as well as four treatises on intellectual property law.

The earlier works shook hands with his 10 years writing poetry to establish a solid foundation for a new literary career as a novelist. Shear’s book “The Trials of Adrian Wheeler,” his second novel, was published this spring, and it seems there is no end to the creative ride Shear is enjoying in retirement.

“I get up and write for seven hours a day, six days a week. I’m very disciplined,” says Shear. “The characters take on a life of their own. Sometimes I sit back and ask, ‘How did that happen?’”

“The Trials of Adrian Wheeler” is his second novel. His first novel, “Ira Neebest and the First Coming,” is waiting in the wings, while a third one, “The Click,” is in the works.

“Trials” is a contemporary story about a private who returns from Baghdad with a mangled knee and no left arm, ever mindful of a tormented past and even bleaker future. His brother didn’t return at all. One chilly morning in February both participated in a reconnaissance mission that tragically failed. A mission where innocent women and children died along with Wheeler’s brother and other combatants.

As the sole survivor, Wheeler carries the details of that trauma deep within his subconscious, and drinks excessively in hopes of hiding from the boogeymen that torment his dreams.

When he begins to turn things around and take control of his life, he’s charged with murdering the innocent women and children. Wheeler finds himself the center of the most important court-martial trial of the Iraqi war; his only hope is to move beyond his trauma and the terrible secret that lies deep within the cellar of his psyche.

The intense storyline intrigued publisher Lisa Smith.

“I selected Steve’s book because he has a fresh voice and the story is well-written. And despite disagreeing with the political views expressed in “The Trials of Adrian Wheeler,” I still found the story line compelling, and the characters endearing, each in their own unique fashion. I believe readers will feel the same way. It also helped that in our correspondence, Steve himself came across as quite the charismatic character,” said Smith, whose company L&L Dreamspell published Shear’s novel.

The book took two years to write. Now the good reviews and excitement “Trials” is creating is energizing Shear for his third effort, “The Click.”

Despite his busy writing schedule, Shear still finds time to work the publicity circuit for “Trials.” He’s not entirely comfortable marketing himself or his work, but he recognizes that self-promotion is part of the publishing world. He’s been interviewed online, on radio, and in print.

He is also available to speak about the book to local book clubs.

To learn more about Shear and his work, visit or call 825-8874.

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