Steven Betts received a BS in English from Drury University in Springfield. His book is written about a specific location in Southeast Missouri called Elephant Rocks State Park that he has visited at least once every year since infancy.
In May 2012, he and his daughter, who was twelve at the time, were spending the day there with the church youth group. They conceived the premise of the story while walking on some old, abandoned railroad tracks. Three months later, he began writing Ancient Stones.
Steven currently lives in Rolla, a small town in South Central Missouri. He teaches high school special education, coaches football, and pastors a local church. He is married and has three children. Kristyn is thirteen, Dalton is four, and Meredith is two.