Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Steven: My name is Steven Holifield, and I am thirty nine years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Steven:I’m from a small town miles outside of Laurel, MS.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Steven:I’m an artist, illustrator, writer, musician, comedian, hardcore wrestler, entrepreneur, martial artist, and a goofball. I was born in October 30, 1978, so I’ve always been a Halloween/horror buff. I’ve been story telling for role-playing games since I was fifteen, but a few years ago I decided to write. I attended a local junior college for two years, but I was concentrating on art and drafting. I have two incredible boys and an amazing wife whom support me to the fullest.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Steven:I’m currently writing and illustrating my second book, Night Whisper’s Lullaby. I’ve also been planning out four more books to be released this year.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Steven: I began writing books three years ago and realized that the world greatly lacked originality. There are a lot of authors with originality, and I’m proud to be added into those ranks.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Steven:I first considered myself a writei , when I started writing my first book. It took a long time to write it and hold down a fourty hours a week day job, but I finally decided to write full time.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Steven:I had a terrible experience at work one year before Christmas that messed up a lot of plans, thus totally draining the Christmas spirit out of me. I didn’t want anyone else to feel like that, so I started writing my first book, How to Save Christmas, to help add to the holidays and maybe strengthen someone else’s Christmas spirit.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Steven: I wanted a title that would intereseat a reader to pick it up and to keep reading to find out why I gave it that title.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Steven:I have a traditional style to my writing. It’s a style that you usually only hear around a campfire. There really isn’t much challenge to writing other than having motivational problems from time to time. The challenge for me is selling a Christmas to readers well after Christmas. It’s almost like selling crutches to perfectly capable joggers.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Steven: None of it is believable, unless you lose yourself in the story. One experience did happen, but it’s also unbelievable.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Steven: Luckily I haven’t had to travelany where except s library, but I wouldn’t mind traveling to research different cultures and things to write about.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Steven: I designed the cover to my book. I did all of the art work. The cover for How to Save Christmas was done on my phoneusing a design app. I drew it and colored it only using my finger.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Steven: Be a good person. Be kind, generous, helpful, respectful, hospitable, and above all be humble. The world lacks a lot of that too, but it can be changed one person at a time.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Steven: There are actually quite a few authors that I’m now proud to call my friends. Michael Gaudet, Kristin Spiers, Delilah Cordova, and Leon C. M. Joseph. My favorite writer is Stephen King. I grew up seeing movies based on his stories, but the books are way better.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Steven: Michael Gaudet is a fellow author/ artist. He’s been a huge supporter and inspiration to me as a writer.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Steven: That would be awesome. I would love to be paid to write all of the time. I could definitely see myself doing that as a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Steven: Nothing that I can think of really. It took a long time and tons of effort to write, illustrate, edit, edit, edit, edit, and finally publish it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Steven: I’ve learned how to self publish, be my own publicist, marketing, and the list goes on and on. It’s way more than I thought it would be, so I’ve had to learn everything from the beginning.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Steven: There are a few lead characters that I have and even more supporting characters. I would rather have someone that truly fit the part as opposed to having a big name do an okay job. I know for a fact that Gabrielle Iglesias would be perfect for one of my supporting characters.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Steven: My advice is actually my family motto that I took from a movie years ago. Never give up. Never surrender.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Steven: Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul for giving my story a chance.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Steven: I’ve began reading comic books as I much as I had when I was a teenager. The only actual book that I’m reading now is Orion’s Awakening by my friend Leon C. M. Joseph. I highly recommend it. It’s yet another original story that is part of a new series.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Steven: Yes. My first book was the Disney children’s cartoon book of the Jungle Book.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Steven: I laugh at almost everything. When children show their innocence and do precious things, I might cry. All children and babies have me wrapped around their finger.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Steven: I would love to meet the fifteen year old version of me, so I could tell me to start writing early.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Steven: Drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, wrestling, martial arts, playing twelve different instruments, card games, board games, video games, Hero Clix, reading, learning, thinking, arts and crafts, role-playing games, storytelling, phone games, collage, calligraphy, photography, telling jokes, inspiring, and scaring people.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Steven: I like Gotham and Flash. With writing, illustrating, and everything else I don’t have time for very many shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Steven: My favoritefoods are pizza, spaghetti, and Oreos. My favorite colors are neon orange, royal blue, midnight blue, black, and purple. My favorite music is metal, ska, punk, 80’s retro, goth, soul, rap, r&b, classical, opera, and scores from movies and video games.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Steven: I still have tons of other things that I could do.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Steven: I would spend it with my wife, my boys, my family, and my friends at a really good theme park.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Steven: “Do not disturb” simply because it’s funny.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Steven: I don’t have a blog or website just yet. I have an author pages for Amazon,Twitter, and Facebook.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/steven.holifield78/
Twitter – @StevenHolifiel6