Harry Steven (Steve) Ackley was born and raised in Woodland, CA, about 20 miles north of Sacramento. He is a graduate of Cabrillo Community College, Bethany Bible College, and San Francisco State University where he received a master's degree in education.

After a short stint as a high school English teacher, Steve switched careers and worked as a website designer and producer for various companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Steve presently divides his time between San Jose and Winters, CA. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Natasha, his three children, Cedric, Cleo, and Adrian, and his dog, Muddy Waters. Steve has also played string bass and bass guitar for various jazz and blues groups through the years.

"Our Lady of West 74th Street" is Steve's first novel.