Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Elijah’s Coin by Steve O’Brien

Welcome to Author Steve O’Brien


Steve O’Brien is an award winning author and lawyer. He is an experienced litigator and international businessman who serves as General Counsel for a global consulting company. O’Brien earned his juris doctorate from George Washington University Law School and served on the editorial board of The George Washington International Law Review. O’Brien lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Becky; they have two children.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’m a history buff, so I’d go back in time.

What is one book everyone should read?
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller. Great concept, beautifully written and will force the reader to examine his or her own life.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
In the movie Phenomenon, John Travolta was able to speed read through books and remember every detail. I thought that would be pretty cool.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Vanilla—I know, boring.

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird, definitely.

Skittles or M&Ms?

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I was getting on a plane and noticed a man reading my book. I wanted to run over and hug him, ask him how he liked it, but thought that would be uncool. I watched him the entire flight from several rows back. Does he like it? Is he frowning? Is he telling others in his row how wonderful my book is? Does he look bored? Will he recognize me from the author photo? When we got off the plane, I couldn’t find him. Just seeing a random stranger reading my book was a huge highlight for me.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Harry Potter would be fun or something along the lines of James Bond or Jason Bourne.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read every day and write something every day. Learn from great writers, but don’t try and mimic them. Be yourself. Stephen King said “we don’t get to decide if our work has commercial appeal.” In a way that was very liberating for me. Write the best book YOU can write. If you do, that is the reward.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
The Cayman Islands

What is your favorite Quote?
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” John Wooden.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Ernest Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner, James Rollins, Greg Iles.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
“Keep your mouth shut and work harder than everyone else.” My first employer, my grandfather. Pretty apt life lesson.

How do you react to a bad review?
After I stop sobbing and get up from the fetal position, I look closely at the comments. Much as we’d like to think our books are for everyone, people have different tastes or are at different stages of their lives. I try to determine if they thought it was technically poor or if it was a storyline that they didn’t like. Many times it is just not the kind of book that person prefers. I had one gentleman give me a very average rating, but then he listed my book third in his top ten books of the year. You never know. I try to learn something from each review, positive or negative.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
An eagle.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
To Kill a Mockingbird. I have an original first edition, just unsigned. Simply one of the greatest American novels. Harper Lee published one novel. Wow, what a doozy.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A new number for my cell phone.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
He gave it all he had.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Summer, I’m becoming allergic to cold weather.

Favorite places to travel?
Tropical islands

Elijah’s Coin: A Lesson for Life by Steve O’Brien:

In every heart there exists the potential for good and for evil. The question is which we’ll choose. Without the right principles and guidance, a traumatic experience can lead one down a barren path. If our view of the world is dark, then further experience will tend to reinforce that view, leading to more pessimism and fruitless or even destructive behavior. How does one break out of this cycle of negativity?

That question is at the heart of Elijah’s Coin, a thoughtful fable about one young man’s descent into a life of crime… until he discovers an unlikely mentor, who begins to teach him a new philosophy of life. It’s a philosophy not so much of words as of deeds. The lessons, therefore, prove to be indirect and not fully understood until they are lived. The point is not to state what you believe but to become what you believe. In doing so, you will come to lead a fulfilling and prosperous life. You’ll find that life is not about you but about others and that generosity is repaid in kind.

Elijah’s Coin asks readers to reflect even as they are entertained by a fast-moving, suspenseful story. Ultimately, the book confronts the reader with the possibility — and the opportunity — of inner change. Learn the message, then pay it forward.

Book Giveaway:
Open to US only
Ends 3/22


  1. LAurie D Lavoie says:

    I would be so thankful to get a few free copies of your book. I read it with my freshman class every year. Unfortunately over the last few years I have lost some of these books to a few students who just can’t seem to part with them. My hope is that they have others reading your book as well. Currently I have five books short to share between two classes. They are a special education English class. In the beginning they struggle to understand but then they get caught up in the story and the message and wish there was a movie to go along. They asked me to see if we could get more copies so they don’t have to share and sit on top of each other.
    Thanks you Laurie Lavoie