Welcome to the blog, Steve! Could you tell us a little bit about your novel?
Thanks for having me. It is a pleasure to be here and tell you a little about my latest novel, Inherit The Throne. I have always loved stories where the average person can stand up against the status quo, or the well connected enemy, and succeed. Inherit The Throne is just such a story. It is an action/thriller that pits the little guy, or gal in my novel’s case, against a larger and more powerful adversary. And despite all the odds against her, she succeeds in saving the United States from falling prey to the desires of a select few. Hooray! Score one for freedom!
What led you to write Inherit The Throne?
It seemed to me that guys dominate the action/thriller genre and any time a girl tries to move in to the genre as the hero, it too often falls into the “sex-as-a-weapon” trap. I love TV shows like La Femme Nikita and Alias (despite their occasional use of sex-as-a-weapon), but why should TV get all the good action heroine’s? I wanted to bring a story to the readers where the main character shows strength, intelligence and perseverance without losing her true self and just becoming another hero in a heroine’s body. One of the readers at Textnovel even stated that my main character was like a female Jason Bourne. As a huge fan of Robert Ludlum and his Bourne novels, this made me cry like a… a big strong guy!
Why do you think political thrillers are so popular?
I think political thrillers are popular in the fiction realm as a form of escapism. Far too often we read or see on the news about violence on a massive scale where there are no clear distinctions between the winners and the losers. Most often in real life, everybody loses. But in fiction, the good guys can, and often do, win. And as readers we get to go along with them as they prevent something from taking place that would have affected thousands or even millions of people.
How do you make time to write? Do you have any writing rituals that help you get words on paper?
Oh boy! That is the big question. It’s not easy, what with the full time job to pay the bills. Despite all the demands on my time, I make an effort to do something each day, no matter how much or how little. The key is to not stop the momentum of writing. I don’t let a single day go by where I am not progressing through one of my stories. As far as rituals, I really don’t have any set method, but I do use an iPod Touch with Bluetooth keyboard for my writing. The portability, and long battery life, has enabled me to turn those “wasted” moments, like while I am waiting for someone, into productive writing time. I am free to write anytime and anywhere. Score another one for freedom!
What was the most important lesson you learned from writing this novel?
Writing is a process. I went through numerous drafts, and a title change, before finally “getting it right” for the published version of Inherit The Throne you see today. The most painful lesson was learning that all criticism is constructive criticism. Don’t get so close to your story that you can’t see the blaring errors that others are so eager to point out. Take a step back and look at your story objectively. Editing is a huge part of the process.
Thanks for stopping by, Steve!
And thanks again for letting me stop by to bare my soul and share my novel. Now where is that craft services table? I could sure use a muffin or cookie right about now.
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Steve is hard at work on his next novel that should be seeing the light of day soon!
Inherit The Throne is available at:
Amazon - $2.99 eBook / $9.99 Print