You've stumbled upon my website dedicated to my writing. Although wasn't my day job, for more than 16 years I wrote a weekly column for the Calgary Sun. It also occasionally appeared in other Sun papers, as well as being a regular weekly columnist for The National Post, London Free Press and the Toronto Sun These days I have become a regular "pundit" appearing on the Sun News Network and frequently quoted in such publications as the Huffington Post and the CBC. I also have written freelance articles for several magazines and other publications.
I've archived some of my columns on my blog here: Stephen's Parking Space. And it's free! Where are the rest of the columns from the last few years? Glad you asked. Let me direct your attention to the book on the right. If you write long enough eventually you have enough material for a book. A Chip Off The Old Writer's Block is a collection of almost 100 of my best columns (okay, maybe not best, but some of them are pretty good) and is available now as an eBook. That's right - technology baby. It is also available on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com. While you're at it, check out my World War II thriller, The Last Blitzkrieg.
I'm currently working on other writing, including a personal account of Canadian nationalism and an ambitious novel best described as a gothic feminist horror love story (you'll see). I also do some public speaking and political commentary on my blog and as a devoted Twitterer.
On this website you'll also find a short tribute to my late father, Toronto Star columnist Gary Lautens who passed away more than 20 year ago now. There's also a short biography and two of his favourite columns reproduced here. Look for his columns in "Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul", "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Treasury", "Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul", and "Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul". (That's a lot of Chicken Soup.)
Speaking of which, my own stories have appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books - 3 so far and a 4th scheduled for February, 2015. One of my stories appeared in "Chicken Soup for the Father & Son Soul" (May, 2008). Pretty appropriate, eh? I've already cashed my cheque and blown it on a tank of gas, so I'm not getting rich on sales, but I do like the article (page 252 - thanks for asking).
Another story of mine appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul - O Canada, The Wonders of Winter,in 2013 and again in 2014 in Chicken Soup for the Soul - Christmas in Canada, now available in bookstores, airports and book clubs all over the western hemisphere. It has been the #1 bestseller in Canada for more than a month. Look for me again in 2015 in February's Chicken Soup for the Soul - Hope & Miracles.