Interview with Steve Mazza

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Utica NY. Utica is in central NY state one hour east of Syracuse and one and a half hours west of Albany on I-90. It's hardy country with rolling hills, surrounded by lots of farms. We sit at the foothills to the Adirondack mountains with thousands of forested acres and with lots of lakes and streams. I think this is why I am mostly an outdoor type guy. I love to go fishing, running , or riding my bike. The seasons change distinctly here so you have no question which one it is. Winter especially can be extremely cold and lots of snow. I took up snow shoe racing a few years ago in order to have some winter fun and use a snowstorm to advantage. You will notice many outdoor activities in my book and there is no doubt where I live had an effect on that.
When did you first start writing?
I just started writing at age 69. My dad always would say " Steve you have so many words in your head, you should write a book" well I finally got to it. The work and learning process has been amazing but I am enjoying it a great deal.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is my first book which I wrote because so many of my friends seem to enjoy my stories of my day's work. Well its not really work but it's a job I never imagined having and I discovered it very late in life. I am a figure model for art schools, which means "nude model" in most cases. The thought of taking your clothes of and standing in front of a bunch of strangers for hours on end just seemed ridiculous to me and yet here I am. I have found such humor and personal enjoyment in this job that I just had to share it with my friends. It's a story of how you can step out of the box late in life and be so happy you did.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My age was a big factor. Plus my patience level is not really high. Indie publishing just seemed so right for me to get a book going in the short order and be satisfied I got it done. I think its the same as our fast food industry. You can get a decent meal in a really short period of time. Gee, I hope you like the book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a great venue for an indie author to be able to have a major portion of the public be able to buy my book in just about any format. It's so easy to get my book here and in minutes you can be enjoying that great story I am telling. Ha ha - did you like the little plug I gave myself. It is so easy to be up and running in no time at all.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have always been a story teller. My friends seem to enjoy my jokes and I love making them laugh or just plan telling them of some adventure I had. The joy in writing is being able to tell my story to a much larger audience. Wow, now I really hope you like the book.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on marketing this book. It is a big learning curve and takes many hours. I fit it in late nights or any time I can. I have a career as a kitchen designer for over 45 years besides the part time model job and grandchildren my wife and I help take care of while there Dad is working. I would love to do another book but you will have to tell me if you like this one first .
Who are your favorite authors?
Tom Clancy, Dan Brown
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The world inspires me - so much to do - so much to live for- the list is endless. First is exercise , a jog, bike ride, or the gym. Get the blood flowing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well I guess you know by now - fishing is my favorite - I like to take my grand children or a good friend that also likes to fish and we can sit in a boat and not work to hard at it while enjoying mountain air and telling stories. Maybe even fall asleep while the boat rocks gently on a calm day. In recent years I have been active in competitive sports like road racing or adventure races. At 69 I think I am slowing down a bit.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search a topic and browse or take the recommendation of a friend. I like to just stumble on something new as well.
Published 2013-08-29.
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Books by This Author

It Takes a Naked Man to Tell a Naked Story
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,510. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
It Takes a Naked Man to Tell a Naked Story is the true story and personal adventures of a man who discovers that decisions made in life can take you down many different paths. From Vietnam Veteran to nude model and everywhere in between, he steps outside the box late in life to find personal fulfillment.