Mizzou Alumnus
Fighter Pilot

Steven Lane Smith is an American novelist and screenwriter. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree (BJ) from the University of Missouri and attended law school at the University of Louisville. He has written five novels, edited an anthology titled Reaper's Lament, and written several screenplays, two of which have been optioned.

At various times, Steve has lived in Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Turkey, Japan, and the United States. He's packed and unpacked a lot of boxes and he's worn out several passports. A native of Texas, he lives in New England with his wife Aileen D’Arcy.

A former F-4 Phantom fighter pilot, Steve also test flew attack jets for a CIA contractor's delivery to a friendly foreign nation. His career as an airline captain spanned four different airlines and several aircraft types, including Boeing 727, Boeing 737, DC-8, DC-9, and BAe-146.

Steve got his start in writing as editor-in-chief of newspapers and yearbooks in high school and college. Later he was a feature writer for the Alamogordo Daily News in New Mexico and a staff writer for The Columbia Missourian.

Comedy and light satire are recurring genres of choice for Steve in books like Salvation at Rio Feo and Fair Share because he believes that “humor is a band-aid for the soul.” He says, “I believe sunshine cures the blues, the ocean heals cuts, and humor repairs the damage of the great hurts of life.”


His latest book, Twisted Piccolo, is a fast-paced adventure in the fictional memoir tradition that follows the twists and turns of an elite fighter pilot who faces blackmailing, being held captive, and blackballing on the journey to his treasure. He is working on a novel called Alibi for a Vigilante, a sequel to his first novel, Caledonia Switch.