Author of the Week - S. P. Stevens

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What is your professional background?

Internet marketing and design

What sparked your interest in writing?

I have always loved writing, but put it off thinking I needed an idea first. Big mistake – turned out the writing elicited the ideas. Anyway, in 2016 I sat down one day and decided to give it a go, wrote the first line, formulated a Universe in the blink of a gnat’s eye, and have been hooked ever since.

What do you like most about being an author?

I like the community, authors are such nice people!

What have you written?

So far, I have written the first book in my Epic Fantasy Bindcrafter series, a prequel novella to that series, and some flash/ shorts.

What genres/books do you read for inspiration?

Mainly fantasy/ sci-fi, with some classics thrown in – Dickens, Austen, and friends.

What genres/books do you read for enjoyment?

Too embarrassed to say…

How do you, “get in the zone,” when you are writing?

I listen to music and think a lot, and I revise previous writing.

What character(s) in your story (or stories) do you like best?

Mist, the sassy assassin, and Yannick, my psychopathic, guilt-ridden tailor.

What else have you found to be useful for your art?

Friends and critique partners.

How are you promoting your books? What seems to be working?

Social media mainly. My dumb jokes on Twitter are apparently the most ‘engaging’.

As the classic saying goes, “I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger.” What is something you wish that you knew earlier?

As far as writing is concerned, it’s better to outline something and realize it doesn’t work than to write it out in full and find out. Saves a lot of time for coming up with my dumb jokes on Twitter.

What advice would you give to someone looking to become a writer?

Just write. Then get some critique partners (other writers) to tell you why it’s terrible. Then fix it. And of course, write what you love to read – if you don’t, you’re going to spend a lot of time reading stuff you hate.

What would you recommend for improving one’s writing skills?

I’m a big fan of podcasts and YouTube – I like to find information for specific facets of writing I’m interested in, as and when I need them. I would recommend listening to K. M. Weiland’s complete backlist of podcasts, that woman is a genius! You’ll also want to start critiquing other people’s work – it crystalizes your own shortcomings and make you more analytical (in a good way) for your own stuff.

What are your favorite books?

I have loads, but hold special love for anything Douglas Adams, and in fantasy, adore the Imager Portfolio by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

What are three fun facts about you?

I coach kid’s soccer. I went to school with Radiohead. I have an orange belt in Karate.

 

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