Stephen, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
When I was in second grade I wrote a short story my teacher really loved. The handwriting was terrible, the spelling awful, but the creativity was off the charts for a child that age. My teacher encouraged me to keep writing. Over the years I continued honing my creativity and have come to where I am today, although my handwriting is still terrible and my spelling only slightly improved. Thank goodness for spell check.
Amen to that…What makes you passionate about writing?
I am passionate about the beauty of this world and the people that live in it. Writing is just a way for me to express my feeling about what is happening around me. Some things going on in the world make me happy and some things make me angry. I write about the ideas I care about most at the time. My motto is to write about the things I care about the most in my life. I ask myself, If I died today, what would I want my children and friends to read about me that I care about the most? This is my guiding principle.
Nicely put…What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published? (more…)