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Steve Hewitt hails from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. Born in the 1950s, he grew up with a love of reading and an interest in science fiction inspired by his paternal grandfather.
After studying economics at Nottingham University and health economics at York University, he embarked on a brief career as an academic, just as the UK Government ended the university tenure system. He next tried his hand at working for the NHS but soon realised that although it wanted to employ a health economist it didn’t want to use this particular skill-set.
Tiring of the politician’s fondness for endless and largely pointless tinkering with the health service, he joined the national education department as an analyst, specialising in international comparisons. Out of the frying pan ...
In 2005 he married Anne and, through her, met a friend who turned out to be a budding author. On announcing – as you do – that he’d always fancied having a go at writing a book, Steve was stunned when this new friend responded with ‘What’s stopping you?’ A little later he joined a writing group to begin learning the basic skills of producing a story.
In 2013 Steve grasped an opportunity to take early retirement so that he could concentrate on writing, walking his dog and doing up his house – not necessarily in that order. He now spends his time writing, tracing claimants to unclaimed estates, walking his dog and entertaining his granddaughter – again, not necessarily in that order.
on March 17, 2014 :
I have just finished reading a collection of 41 short stories by Steve Hewitt entitled A Brief Tour Around My Head (Volume 1.) These are published and downloaded from Smashwords for a couple of quid and well worth the investment.
I spend quite a big chunk of my day sitting at a computer and, probably like most people in the same situation, do not have a break and walk away from it as often as I should. Having a collection of short stories in PDF format open in another tab is a sort of a compromise. Recently when I have needed a short break (with or without a cuppa) I switched over to Steve’s world and read a couple of stories.
Most of the stories are 2-4 pages long and about a dozen are 6-10 pages long. Steve writes effortlessly in first person, third person, dialogue, monologue, narrative, satire, humour, irony and uses the device of a diary. His characters range from the girl next door to middle-age (outwardly respectable) male psychopath. He captures a self-absorbed male teenage voice perfectly, along with that of the archetypal female bimbo. He covers most genre: fantasy, sci-fi, murder, mystery, thriller, comedy as well as simple observational pieces. His settings range from the suburban to outer space via exotic foreign locations. His characters inhabit prison, circus, TV studio, university lecture room, court room, funeral parlour, a royal court, hospital and more.
He explores themes such as knowing a person without really knowing them; jealousy, deception and betrayal; guilt, remorse, grief and despair; love, death and loss; pride, vanity, revenge and turning of tables.
If I have one criticism it is that he did not use dialogue more, but I suspect that is a writing skill being honed even now as he gets to grips with writing a novel. I did get a sense of him growing as a writer over the course of these short stories and look forward to reading the finished novel.
Please try getting into Steve’s head!
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
on Dec. 07, 2013 :
I enjoyed this collection of short stories. The stories are of various genres and I liked the science fiction ones best. I did enjoy most of the short stories in this book. There were a few that I didn't fancy. The book has quite a few short stories in it so I think you really get a good read out of this. Its not brief at all. I really had fun reading this book. The stories are well written. Note: I did receive a free copy of this book from the author for review.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on June 24, 2013 :
Great read!! I thoroughly enjoyed this collection, both the range of different stories as well as the range of writing styles used across some of the stories. I'm definitely looking forward to the first novel!
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)