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 four novels, edited an anthology, 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 flew attack jets as a test pilot for 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 by working 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 is a recurring genre of choice for Steve because he believes that “humor is a band-aid for the soul.” He says, “I believe sunshine remedies the blues, sea water heals cuts, and humor repairs the damage of the great hurts of life.”


His latest book, Reaper's Lament, is a non-fiction anthology of aviation stories by pilots who should be dead. He is working on a novel called Alibi for a Vigilante, a sequel to his first novel, Caledonia Switch.