Friday, July 19, 2013

Author Interview – Steven Beeho

How do you promote this book? I promote it via my facebook author page and my blog.

Oh I’m also on twitter. @StevenBeeho

Fortunately, my publisher is doing a much better job by spreading word of it and placing ads.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? My dad was the one who watched Star Trek and read fantasy books. He gave me my love of all things geek, if he’d never refer to himself as one. My mum was never into those but she encouraged me to read and write, plus a lot of her mannerisms in writing I have inherited. I am certainly a combination of the pair.

How much of the book is realistic? Considering it is set in a post-apocalypse future with monsters and mutants running amok, reality isn’t something I worry about – I can always create new things and say it was magic or science gone mad.

However, the way I considered the world falling to chaos and how people would react are based on my knowledge of history. I do think there is a lot of realism into how the human race behaved in my world’s history and how the modern day came about. Fear, greed, anger, love are all things to fuel a story, no matter how fantastic or future-thinking it can be. I do believe that my characters will often be understandable in what they do, if not always acceptable.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Starting it. Damn but the first line always seems the hardest. Once I start, then I can really write a lot, but that first step is always the longest one.

Mind you, I do find endings very hard too. There’s something so demanding about getting the final moment perfect.

But I still think that getting started is the toughest part. There’s something about getting yourself into the writer mentality sometimes. You need to get back into that zone. Once there, you can find it hard work but at least you are in.

What contributes to making a writer successful? I’ll answer this as making a writer successful at writing, because to be successful in terms of sales and such is not something I know much about.

I would suggest that a writer needs many traits to write well, but focus is vital. I get a lot of ideas in my head, but unless I focus and get them written down, nothing gets done. If you can ignore the world and focus on working on your own, you’ll be fine.

Otherwise imagination and passion and all the usual things everyone knows about are important too. But getting stuff done is just the bottom line for any kind of work.

Do you intend to make writing a career? I certainly hope so. It is the one thing in life I truly love doing.

How did you come up with the title? I always referred to my work before as Men, Monsters, Mutants and Machines simply because I have a fetish for alliteration and it covered (vaguely.  the four types. When the time for an actual title came about, this was no good, so I had to think of what was going on. The idea of the Shadow World not just having come to ours and changing it, but still lingering, and the fact that many of my characters are moving around in this world led to me to the title – Sojourners in Shadow.

Sojourners in Shadow is a collection of tales set on a post-apocalyptic Earth where monsters, mutants and machines are now battling with each other and the fragmented remnants of humanity. Science and magic are now free to wield as any see fit, if they have the ability and will to master them. This leads to conflict across the globe and we follow the paths of individuals and groups as they try to survive, or better yet, to master their surroundings.

Lone warriors, seekers of power, defenders of the weak and predators of the helpless cross paths repeatedly, while leaders guide their people with wisdom or ruthless intent, or sometimes both. No single power dominates, all is chaotic and the past is a haze few know anything about. Death is common, trust is rare, loyalty is priceless. But a brutal world produces beings of rare abilities and strong spirit, of honed skills and sharp minds, whether they be champions or tyrants, humans or mutants or monsters or machines. Their adventures are only just beginning.

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Genre – Post- Apocalypse Sci-Fi

Rating – PG13

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