Interview with Michael Stevens

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Samsung Galaxy phone
Describe your desk
I do not use a desk. I have a big comfy recliner chair, my p.c, wireless keyboard and 32" screen as my writing tools.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in East London. This is a very rough and deprived area. Money was tight so I spent my spare time building things like bikes and tree houses from bits that others dumped.
I suppose this got me into a state of self reliance and so fixing things and saving things that could prove useful became the norm.
As I grew up this fitted in with post apocalyptic settings so I became fascinated with this genre and watched all sorts of survival shows etc.
This has heavily influenced what I like to write about as I am sure you will see for yourself.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was a kid but this faded away as my adult life took over. My spark for the written word has re-ignited over the last few years and now I am attempting to take this seriously.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I believe that the world as we know it will go boom sooner or later and that there will be survivors who will need to adapt to a much more primitive way of living. My first book is a lighthearted guide on how to survive the scenarios that I feel will most likely happen.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to share my ideas. I have always been more comfortable with the written, rather than spoken word. Writing gives me a medium to be who I am and share myself in a way that simply is not possible through speech.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien is of course my number one favourite author. I also really like George R.R Martins work. Naturally I am a fan of J.K Rowling too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about a kid who discovered a castle buried under a hill by falling through a window when the soil collapsed under hos feet. The story was based on the challenges he faced in trying to escape. I wrote this when I was a kid but I am quite keen to try and recreate this in the future.
What is your writing process?
I start with a basic idea in my head and then build it up until I think it is worth putting in writing. As I write I am constantly challenging what I write (I have a serious over analysation issue.)
Once I get to the point where I feel my work is complete I review this at least 5 times until I am happy that this is the best I can do. Only then would I consider taking my work further.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read was The Fellowship of The Ring by Tolkien. I was hooked from the first chapter and this lead me to my love of fantasy. This gave me a world that my head could escape to and shape and mold as my thoughts desired.
This has made a huge impact on how I see and handle things, and brought immeasurable joy to my life.
How do you approach cover design?
To me a cover must tell a story. It must show you what you are looking to read in a simple yet effective way. Artistic license must be secondary to this.
Published 2015-10-30.
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Books by This Author

Nu-Clear Vision
Price: Free! Words: 9,690. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Are you prepared for the end of the world? I thought not. Here is a straightforward guide that can help you prepare and survive should the worst happen