Interview with Steven Jay Hamilton

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to be writer. I've been writing fiction since I was nine. I've written some pieces that I intended for publication in magazines or on websites but none of those publishers were interested in my work. I don't blame them. I'm sure they have difficult jobs. It was such an emotional roller coaster to wait the weeks or months for them to get back to me--often sending me form rejection notices.

I feel that this form of publication gets me closer to my audience and I like that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I remember a day about a month ago when I was walking home from work, thinking about a scene that I wanted to add to my novella. When I got my fingers to the keyboard, the characters and their struggles flowed through me in a single powerful burst. I leaned back in my chair after it was written and felt like I'd truly created something.

There is something magical about writing fiction. Something that can't be quantified or measured on a chart. The fact that I can't describe it is what I think makes it special. There is a spirit to words--a spark of life that makes them move on their own.
What are you working on next?
I'm focusing most of my attention on a full-length Urban Fantasy novel. The idea came for me as I was searching for books in the genre to read for myself. I noticed that many of the characters in that genre seem to have some kind of special powers. Magic or fantastic heritage or something, it seems to be a common theme. It occurred to me how challenging it would be to live in a world of monsters and dark magic as a vanilla human mortal. My protagonist was born out of this interest.

An excerpt is already available and, with any luck, the novel will be finished either late this year or early next year. Other than that I have some small projects that will be dug up and polished before I publish them here. Stay tuned.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The need to fill my french press with coffee and drink it. Hopefully you weren't expecting something poet about moonbeams and rainbows, I'm not poetic in the morning.
Published 2014-05-08.
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Books by This Author

Bad For Business
Series: Cyber Detective, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 25,800. Language: American English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Adrian Shetler has had a stroke of bad luck. The window of his PI office has been broken by the body of a dead woman. Law Enforcement Agents of the orbital city largely ignore the crime and don't start an investigation. This is not acceptable to Adrian and he chooses to take on the case himself. However, the killer is quickly covering their tracks. Can he find them before they escape?