Steve Zakszewski

Biography

Hello there! Thanks for checking out my profile.

I am a native New Englander now living in Brooklyn NY with my faithful cat Piersich, a large loveable sherbet tabby with an unfortunately tiny pinhead. Your purchase of my books will keep us in kibble, beer, and pizza, for which we will be very grateful.

American Loser was my first novel, the culmination of 10+ years of writings that began with random crazed late-night writings on Livejournal that I called "Radio Free Steve". They were pure gonzo stream-of-consciousness ravings in which something popped into my head and I just ran with it, with no concern where it might go. After several years of these writings, I saw common thread that ran through some of them and, prodded by friends who kept telling me I had a way with words and should really write a book, I bit the bullet. Well, I nibbled on it for about 10 years, finally getting the grand push I needed when my life went to hell and I split from the then-wife and ended up living at the House of Yes artist squat/circus performance space. They rented me a live-in studio space and I was shamed into finishing the book. Not that this was bad- it was the kick in the ass needed and I was surrounded by creative and crazed sorts who were pursuing their particular arts as well and succeeding at it. Failure would have been humiliating. But not only didn't I fail, I did pretty damn good.

I'm currently working on my second major novel, "Carter Corner". In the interim, faced with a Memorial Day holiday weekend lacking in plans and a case of the writer's blahs, I decided to go old-school and churn out a stream of consciousness piece, "Radio Free Steve". It was a lot of fun to write and I do hope you enjoy it. RFS/Memorial Daze 2014 is volume one-- there will be others. When, I don't know.

In the meantime, do enjoy my works and again, thanks!

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire. However, I still buy print books just because I collect first editions and books look really cool on a bookcase.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Hahahahahahaha. I SUCK at marketing. I'm a writer, not a marketing guru. I have 3 ways of marketing- twitter posts, Facebook, and showing up at a bar with a stack of books and sitting there looking hopeful.

I did get a copy over to a very famous TV personality with his own show. Well, I at least delivered it to the receptionist at the studio and am hoping it makes it to him and he starts reading it and decides it's so amazingly brilliant that he offers me a guest slot on his show, the book takes off, and I can spend the rest of my days doing what I love- writing and sleeping.

And I was thrilled and honored to meet Ralph Steadman at the gallery opening in support of the documentary "For No Good Reason". He's a very nice man who signed my copy of his book "The Adventures of Alice" and accepted a copy of American Loser, chuckling-- "You're a writer? When I told Hunter I was going to write a book, he told me 'Don't do it, Ralph, you'll bring shame upon your family.'"
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Steve Zakszewski online

Twitter: Stevie_Z

Where to buy in print


Books

Radio Free Steve Volume One Memorial Daze 2014 Scream of Consciousness
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Price: $1.54 USD. Words: 22,310. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism
Faced with a case of writer's block on my current project, I decided to take Memorial Day weekend and just cut loose with stream of consciousness babblings/rantings/cleverness-- choose your term. The result is amusing, bizarre, pointed, and occasionally even funny, riffing off the TV, drunks in bars, the UCSB mass shooting, the NSA, ice cream, and so much more. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
American Loser
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 136,600. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Do you think your life sucks? It could be worse. Welcome to the world of Mikey Stevens and his romp on the wrong side of the American Dream, where the endings are never happy and it can always be worse. Fans of Hunter S Thompson, William Burroughs, and Irvine Welsh and black comedies will love this newest entry into the Gonzo genre.

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