Storyteller & Motivational Speaker

Steven E. Aavang was born and raised in Woodstock, Illinois. He still resides there with his wife of over 40 years, Linda where they raised three daughters; Courtney, LynnAnn, and Grace. After graduating with a degree in Political Science from Western Illinois University he taught history and government for four years in Hebron, Illinois, and began a coaching stint that continues today. He returned to college to earn his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the nationally ranked program at Northern Illinois University. No matter the job he does, however, Steve calls himself a teacher and a coach first.

There’s a story for every occasion; every moral; every mystery. Let’s find one for you.

His Midwest roots run deep as his family represents five generations of Woodstockians. Who could blame him for staying? The iconic Orson Welles claimed Woodstock as the only place he knew as home, describing the idyllic town as the ‘Victorian jewel of the Midwest’. Such strong roots and values gave the author a sense of history and antiquity. Still he gives credit to his mother Joy a survivor of the ‘Blitz’ of England, and his father Irvin a Marine in WWII and China for giving him an appreciation for the sacrifices people and nations undergo to have and protect freedom. When the author heard the story of the Princess he was convinced her story needed to be told — her message carried on into an increasingly frightening world.

As a writer of short stories, poems, and lyrics and a professional storyteller, Steve keeps adding  to his impressive resume, with IN LOVE WITH FREEDOM and the upcoming LISTEN TO THE WOLVES. He plans to write more historical fiction novels with a message and believes firmly in the old adage… ‘If you don’t know where you come from you cannot know where you are going.’ Enjoy the journey… and… may there be a road.