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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Steven Gregory Percifield  

Pen Name: Steven G. Percifield

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: April 24, 1949 in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Illinois Connection

Born and raised in Indianapolis, I left there at age 28 going to NYC, St. Louis, Balto. , MD, rural central MI and Louisville, KY, then to Naperville, Illinois in 1983.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born and raised in a bakery business in Indianapolis, I graduated from Indiana University then returned to the bakery. In 1978, I left the family business and spent most of my career in marketing and communications on the supply side of the bakery industry. Included in this was the authoring of many magazine and technical articles related to the business and a stint as publisher of a baking industry trade journal.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Grease Monkey: Races, Racers, and Racism, Collide Head-On
ISBN: 1450280641

iUniverse. 2011

Fascinated by the automobiles that are beginning to dot the roads of the early twentieth century, twelve-year-old Indiana farm boy Herschel Gulley is thrust into the "head-of-household" role when his young, but ailing father passes. Herschel would always remember his father's parting words: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

Responsible for the well-being of his pregnant mother, two younger brothers, and two younger sisters, he takes on the responsibilities of running the family's subsistence-size farm. All the while he develops the mechanical and driving skills that eventually make him a nationally-recognized dirt-track driver and take him and his best friend, mechanic, and partner, Johnny Gleason-a black man-to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

But to achieve their mutual goal of running (and maybe even winning) at the 500, they must circumnavigate the racial barriers that prevent blacks-or a white man with a black partner-from participating. These obstacles seem insurmountable in a state where the governor and half the general assembly are said to be members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Please contact me by Email or at 815 609 1913. Fees are not charged for groups where book sales are likely. Travel outside the local area is available so long as travel expenses are covered.