Stephen grew up in the semi-rural outer Melbourne suburb of Eltham, the eldest son in a huge chaotic family. After dropping out of an Economics degree, he travelled to Europe on a one-way ticket, returning a year later with an Italian wife.
His first company, in the fashion accessories industry was started on the kitchen table and grew to be one of the largest wholesalers in Australia. At its peak, Stephen was the only man working in an office with over thirty women. Stephen sold out to his partners in 2015 and now has a new business in the building industry – working entirely with men.
As a child, Stephen had an early and deep interest in spirituality and meditation. However, it was only after the chaos and despair brought about by the failure of his second marriage that he plunged into a voyage of self-discovery sparked by meeting his spiritual teacher Swami Shankarananda (Swamiji) in the mid-nineties.
As Swamiji’s student, Stephen learned about personal self–inquiry, experienced a powerful kundalini awakening and trained to become a certified Shiva Process (group therapy) leader.
In 2017 he was given the title Yogi Sri Janaka at a ceremony in Ganeshpuri, India inducting him as a householder swami into the lineage of the great Indian gurus Baba Muktananda and Bhagwan Nityananda.
Stephen fell in love with science fiction as a young teen. Reeling from the death of his father, he took solace in exploring his vast collection of golden age sci-fi. Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke blew his tiny mind and took him far away. He has produced a number of projects for the arts including a live performance adaptation of the film My Dinner with Andre and the feature film Four Jacks.
Stephen lives on the Mornington Peninsula with Vani Hudson, his wife of twenty years along with their two Siamese cats Lala and Shambu, and tries to squeeze as much time as possible into seeing his four grandchildren.
His debut science fiction novel JUBILEE is about to be published through Amazon.