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Name: Steven C. Bird

Age: 41

Where are you from:

Born and raised in Harlan, KY (The crazy mountain town where the show Justified on FX is based. After high school I joined the Navy and went off to the Seattle area where I spent most of my adult life. Later returning to Kentucky in 2005, and on down to Tennessee where I am currently since 2012.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I joined the Navy right after high school in order to earn the G. I. Bill to pay for college. While on active duty (11 years) I completed my associates degree and earned all of my professional pilot certificates and ratings (Private, Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine Commercial, Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor, Multi-Engine Instructor, and Airline Transport Pilot) before leaving active duty for the reserves. I completed my bachelor’s degree in eBusiness while earning a living flying.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Having just released my third book in The New Homefront series, I recently started working on a novella for Steven Konkoly’s Perseid Collapse Kindle Word. Once that is completed, the fourth book in the New Homefront series will be underway, as well as another, totally different dystopian novel that I’ve been working on for a while.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’m a recent addition to the scene. I started writing The Last Layover, which was the first book in my series last January and had it self-published through KDP and Smashwords by the end of March. The Guardians, which was the second book in the series was released in June, and recently The Blue Ridge Resistance.

It was on a whim really. I actually wrote most of book one on an Android smartphone, later moving it to a tablet, and then on to a PC for formatting just prior to upload. It was really just something to do while sitting in airports between flights and while on overnight layovers with work. (My day job is an airline pilot)
 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably not until the second book in my series started selling well. It gave the first book a major bump in sales and I actually started seeing a noticeable amount of royalties coming in. It was merely an experiment until that point.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I was flying overhead NYC on my way to Boston, and while looking down and the extreme population density and urban sprawl, I thought to myself, That’s the last place I would want to be when SHTF. I then looked at my co-pilot and mentioned how I thought a good setting for a SHTF book would be an airline crew on an overnight layover in NYC when it all falls apart, with nothing more than what we have in our carry-on bags. He agreed, and the idea was born.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

As one person put it once… “dense.” In other words… I tend to put ten pounds of stuff in a five-pound sack. My mind works too fast when I’m in the groove to really spread things out. Some readers have commented that they like the fact that I don’t add a bunch of extra fluff just to make the book longer. When you read my books, there is one thing happening after another, moving the story along at a pretty fast pace. I guess I write like that to keep my own mind engaged, and for some readers it seems to work for them as well. It’s not that I don’t add detail. I add a lot of technical detail so that the mechanics of the story are all clear and correct, I just spend less time on fluff.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

They were on a layover…and it was going to be the last one because of the collapse 😉 It really was that simple. The subtitle/series name came from the fact that a war of sorts was brought to them, and the “home front” wasn’t just a term, it was now “The Homefront,” a place. The Last Layover: The New Homefront, Volume 1


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

A lot of SHTF/dystopian/prepper novels focus on EMP’s, pandemics, zombies, etc., as a means to the onset of human suffering. If you look at history however, government has more often than not been the cause of human tragedy. According to the most recent studies into Mao’s communist takeover, his Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution in China, as many as 80 million of his own citizens that opposed communism met their demise. Mao is just one example of endless tales of human suffering at the hands of government throughout human history.

To me, a great human tragedy or collapse is much more likely to come from that all too common cause, government. Whether it be intentional, or through inept and incompetent leadership focused only on their own careers, social/economic collapse is an all too real concern that we all face, and the “it can’t happen here” attitude is the great set up for such a situation.

The drawback to that of course is the 1 star “I didn’t even read it but hate it anyway” reviews you get from people who realize it’s not about an alien takeover of New York 😉 Politics is a touchy subject, and even though I’m not referring to a political party or particular president, many people make assumptions and immediately dislike the entire concept because it clashes with their view of the world.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

If I reference a street, an intersection, etc., it’s really there just as I describe. You could take a real life walkthrough of the entire journey.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

My own. Almost everything and every character in the book represents something in my real life.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

The Bible, The 5000 Year Leap, A Brief History of Time, Rich Dad Poor Dad, and Patriot Dawn, and Patriots.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Most recently The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly. Currently though, working full time with a crazy day (day/night/morning/evening) job, a hobby farm, and three kids, I have just enough time to write and there isn’t much time left to read. Some day maybe…


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I love A.R. Shaw’s work. I think there needs to be more of a woman’s touch in the SHTF world. A man writes, “They ate spaghetti,” a woman writes in a way to help you understand the spaghetti 😉 And obviously everyone else involved with Konkoly’s Perseid Collapse World. It really is an impressive group that I would love to have beers with someday.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

My novella for Konkoly’s Perseid Collapse, The New Homefront Volume 4, and a dystopian novel tentatively titled Erebus.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

The online indie author community without a doubt. Everyone has been so helpful.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

That’s my current number one goal in life.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Yes and no… I would love to modify the entire series to be less offensive to some readers. I really hate that everyone can’t enjoy it, but at the same time, that harsh, edgy, dark, to-the-point aspect of it is what makes some people really love it. I get a lot more fan mail than I do hate mail, so I guess I need to leave it alone 😉


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I got on a SHTF book reading kick for a while. After a several month long reading marathon, I started to think I could be contributing to the genre instead of just enjoying it.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Just a hint: Would you steal a loaf of bread to feed your hungry child? Would you take it by force if necessary?


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Time. Time is my number one enemy. With the myriad things I listed above occupying 23.5 hours of my 24 hour day, I often wonder what level of quality I could put out if I could truly put 100% of myself into it.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I’ve got a lot more reading to do before I could give an honest answer to this one. I’ve never been one to be a fan or to idolize others. I appreciate aspects of what everyone does. There aren’t many I’ve found that don’t have something positive I can take from their work. I think the entire indie author community, as a whole, is my favorite author. (I know it sounds like I’m dodging the question but I’m really not… I also couldn’t answer the “Who’s your favorite band?” question).


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not at my current level within the industry. Hopefully someday I’ll be traveling on a plane that I’m not operating myself 😉


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Keri Knutson from Alchemy Book Covers
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I’m a broken record here… Time. Once I sit down to type everything falls into place. It’s just finding the time to do it that I find challenging.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Be yourself…no don’t be. Yes, be yourself… no wait. You can’t make everyone happy. One reader will comment that reason X is why they love my books so much, the next reader will say the same reason X is why they hate my books. You can’t make everyone happy, so write from your heart and the right readers will find you. The wrong ones unfortunately may be the loudest and most anxious to leave a review.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Do everything at a professional level from day one. Don’t be cheap producing your first book even if it’s just an experiment for you. You don’t know how far that experiment has the potential to go unless you give it every possible advantage.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thanks for reading this interview! No seriously… I’m just glad to have this opportunity.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

A Car Called Camelia.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Everything.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

George Washingon. I would have a few… “Oh by the way, you may want to consider this…” suggestions.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

I don’t want one. I want to be cremated, have my ashes mixed with gunpowder, and fired out of a belt-fed machine gun at my outdoor funeral. If they want something to remember me by they can engrave my name and the date on the brass shell casings.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Hunting, fishing, shooting, raising sheep and chickens, gardening, and just being Dad.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Alaska The Last Frontier and The Walking Dead.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Buffalo wings, camo (if you consider camo a color), and bluesy rock (nothing sounds better than a clean Strat in the right hands).

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Be a homesteader.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

www.homefrontbooks.com

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