Born in Toronto in 1953 Steven Hunter has lived in the province of British Columbia since 1959. He and his wife Basha have resided in the Cariboo region of the Interior, living in the small rural community of Big Lake Ranch, for 25 years. He has four children and eight grandchildren.
Hunter graduated from the University of Victoria in 1977. His career with the Provincial Government as a social worker, supervisor and manager with the Children and Families’ Ministry spanned 31 years. During this time he worked extensively with Aboriginal families, communities and organizations. Following his long run in the Public Service he was a consultant for First Nations and Metis agencies.
The son of two professional performing classical musicians he carries on the tradition in a small way as a local musician. He plays classical guitar and his own brand of Latin jazz. His music is influenced by guitar greats the likes of Julian Bream, Lenny Breau and Charlie Byrd.
His first novel, "The Cameron Ridge Conspiracy" (2013), chronicles a year in the life of a young Shuswap (Secwepemc), girl in the Cariboo gold rush of 1859/60.
His second novel, "Strings", follows an aging musician, struggling with his music and life in general as he becomes embroiled in the midst of an international ring of thieves engaged in theft, fraud and all manner of deceptions in the trade of rare and valuable members of the violin family.
Hunter is a columnist writing humourous short fiction for BC Outdoors magazine.
While his plots and characters get around all of his works begin and end in the Cariboo.