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?
Sounds Great! Hello! My name is B. Michael Stevens. I am 42 years old! Yikes!
Fiona: Where are you from?
Born in the pacific northwest, I moved to Alaska at a very young age and lived there most of my life. I now live in the great State of Texas with my wife and son.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Went to college to study Linguistic Anthropology after getting the funds by joining the US Army, but dropped out when my son was born. I now work in the Oilfield and have done so for the last 13 years, all over the world, from the Arctic Circle to offshore West Africa.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My second novel, “To Rule in Hell”, part two of my ‘No Gods, No Masters’ saga comes out next month. Just got the cover done! I love it so much! Also, the audiobook of Goddess Gambit should be out soon too. The brilliant voice actor, Ken Dickason has finished recording and its being mastered as we speak!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have toyed with writing my whole life. Even as a young boy. I was one of those kids they wanted to medicate because my imagination was constantly in overdrive.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
About 5 years ago, I decided to take a story that I had told my son when he was little, and turn it into a book. At first it was sloppy, just for him. Fun, but I knew nothing about the craft professionally. At some point, maybe three years ago, I decided to start over and put in the work to actually learn something about the science behind writing a solid novel, and not simply tell a story.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had tried in the past to write a novel, and failed. It was my commitment and promise to my son, to write in book form, the story that we shared way back when, that helped me get serious and finish it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I blame it on my wife. And alliteration. 🙂
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to be a tad long winded. I used to worry about it a lot, and still do, despite reviewers mentioning that they enjoy my vivid descriptions. I find being succient a challenge. I need to learn to trust my readers better. I fear that my vision won’t be understood and go overboard.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Great question! A lot more of my personal experiences go into my work than I’m sure most people realize! All sorts of things from character names, to emotions, smells, and locations. Chances are, if you read something I wrote, I’ve expereiced some part of its detail.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Absolutely! All the location research done for the No Gods Saga was done in Mexico, Belize, and Guatamala. As well as some memories from Colorado.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Matt Margolis of Logotecture.com did the cover for Goddess, and Kirk DuPounce did the cover for To Rule in Hell. Both are great guys and fantastic artists.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t want to spoil anything, but I do hope that the messages regarding xenophobia are clear, as well as one more important thing: that the life planned for us by powers greater than us, may not be the life we had planned for ourselves. You can fight it, or you can jump right into that adventure with both feet.
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?
Richard Fox, author of the EmberWars, hands down. I’ve read several Indie writers and Fox was the first that stood out from the others. His stuff is as well written, and ten times more entertaining than most “big name” scifi writers I know. I’m also following a fellow called “Made-In-DNA”, while a lot of his former stuff is erotica, he has been writing some fantastic Mecha-type sci-fi called “Screaming Metal.” Keep your eyes peeled for more from him.
As far as not new? I’m a huge fan of Wiliam Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, and Dmitry Glukhovsky. It doesn’t get much better than them.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Almost too many to count! I’ve had so many friends and coworkers rooting for me for years. They have been through thick and thin, giving me words of encouragment and buying my book when it came out., I couldn’t have done it without them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutley! I’m still a long ways off, but is definitely my goal.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nothing. I’m very happy and satasfied with it. 🙂
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I sure did. Working with a professional editor has been, and continues to be a great joy. Painful at times, but extremely educational. Seeing as this was my first major work, I got to learn all KINDS of stuff I had never thought about before. From POV switching, to themes, pacing, as well as technical matters.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’m really not sure to be honest. Jon is quite young, and I’m not, so most of the actors I know are quite a bit older, as I have long fallen out of touch with the latest up and coming. Maybe pull a Game of Thrones and find some fresh, new face?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Sure. One, stop going to critique groups, or, at the very least, take all the offered advice you get with a large grain of salt. Two, read, read, read. Three, study the market. Learn how to release and promote. Nothing is worse than toiling for years to write a book that no one reads.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
First and foremost, thank you! Second, if you enjoyed Goddess and want to help me to be able to produce more books like it, go to Amazon and Goodreads and drop a review. They alone, along with word of mouth, help us writers sell books more than any paid promo ever could.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am about to pick up Infiltration, by Nebula Award nomine A.K. DuBoff. Goddess was recently in her Space-Fantasy Bundle Promotion, and I was very intrigued both by the back cover blurb (science fiction with supernatural powers) as well as her success as an Indie writer. I have a huge reading queue right now too, looking forward to dipping into some books by Charles Phipps, Daniel Humphreys, Declenn Finn, and Yudhanjaya Wijeratne.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Sure do. It was Metemorphosis, by Jack McKinney. A novelization of the old Robotech cartoon.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The dumbest stuff makes me laugh. People in public acting crazy, or failing at some physical feat. Memes, vines, tiktok videos. Stuff like that.
What makes me cry more than anything else, consistently, every time, is both the scene at Gethsemene, and contemplating what Mary went through during Christ’s passion.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Whoever the person is in charge of selecting the next big scifi/fantasy show for Netflix. 🙂
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
So many. Charity work with the Church. I’m in a choir, I collect fine whiskies and cigars. I brew beer. I love hiking, and traveling around the globe. I’ve been known to enjoy a good retro video game now and then and am currently tinkering with the idea of building an arcade cabinet with my son.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My all time favorite show is LOST. I think I’ve watched the whole series three or four times. I also enjoy some quality anime, and simple Cop dramas with my wife, like Blue Bloods.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I’m a big foodie. I love it all. Some of my favorites include hummus, tacos al pastor, peirogies, borscht, Michagen pasties, and stroganoff.
I don’t have a favorite color, but I’m partial to cyberpunk and vaporwave aesethics.
Music? I love gregorian chant, ambient, synthwave, and EDM.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Host a Travel Channel show. 😉
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Hugging my wife and son. Praying and reassuring them both that everything will be okay.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I sure do! Thanks for asking! Its: https://bmichaelstevens.com/
If they go there, they can enter their email address and subscribe to my newsletter. I won’t and don’t spam anyone. But I will send them a free short story and keep them updated on my latest releases as well as a select few others that are worthy of mentioning.
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Thank you so much! I had a grand time answering these questions. It has been a real pleasure.