Stephen Gallup grew up in North Carolina and Virginia. He studied at NC State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in the life sciences, and then at the University of Virginia, where he received a master’s in English.
Since 1977, he has worked in various roles in technical communication in aerospace and wireless telecommunications, with projects ranging from proposals for satellite launches and feasibility studies of space missions, to user guides for trendy new cell phones. In the early years, he wrote occasional short fiction on the side, and features for newspapers.
Steve’s life changed drastically with the birth of his son Joseph in 1985. Upon learning that there was a problem, he applied his energies to a pursuit of answers that he felt certain must exist. After a year of consulting with physicians to no effect, he located other resources. For the next four years, he and his wife Judy implemented an intensive two-pronged treatment campaign that resulted in dramatic improvements in Joseph’s condition.
His memoir What About the Boy? shows what the family did, and what happened next. The book has twice won “Best Memoir” in the San Diego Book Awards competitions, once in the Unpublished category (2007) and again following publication in 2011. In 2013 the story was adapted to a screenplay, which is in preproduction. (Click the book cover at that link to see the producer’s synopsis.)
As a supplement to the above information, please visit the following websites, which have graciously hosted Q&A sessions regarding the background to What About the Boy?
|Lisa Haselton’s Reviews & Interviews||Book Goodies|
|Great Minds Think Aloud||Ethen Carrell|
|Book and Movie Dimension||Patti Roberts Book Blog|
|Librarywala (India)||Joseph Valentinetti|