Interview with Steven Jon Halasz

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. This was obviously a place I did not belong, and I always suspected that I was actually born in Paris to anarchist radicals but had been kidnapped by gypsies.
When did you first start writing?
I started making up stories when I was about 8. I expected people to believe them but nobody did. I stopped pretending they were true about the time I was 16.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been trying to write fiction practically my whole life, but until about 15 years ago I never wrote anything that seemed like it was any good. I had some time on my hands so I started analyzing stories I liked to try to figure out what made them tick. I decided I had been trying to bite off more than I could chew, so I started writing simpler stories. Finally, after many rewrites, one started to gel into something worthwhile. After that, the stories started coming more easily.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No respectable publisher was interested.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't yet, we'll see.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone reads and enjoys my writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
I only have one, my wife, and she means everything to me.
What are you working on next?
Another story.
Who are your favorite authors?
Graham Greene and Charles Frazier.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Rehabbing houses.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Reading reviews. I'm currently three books into the Outlander series.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes.
What is your writing process?
Something I've read or something that happens to me gives me the seed of an idea, then I start writing and then rewriting until it's done.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, a book about a platypus, which I can't find in print any more. It was a story of self-discovery, in which the platypus analyzes himself to figure out what he is. Since then, I've been analyzing myself to try to figure out what I am.
How do you approach cover design?
It should be red. If it's red, the book will be read.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to read romance novels that are well written, i.e. Diana Gabaldon.
Published 2015-02-09.
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Books by This Author

Space Cadets: Mars
Series: Space Cadets. Price: Free! Words: 10,030. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Marcu and Hennu set out for Mars, where Marcu is taking up his internship in geology. Their youthful enthusiasm is dampened, however, by the spartan conditions they must endure, and it comes as something of a shock to them to find that not everyone they encounter behaves decently.
Spact Cadets: Graduation
Series: Space Cadets. Price: Free! Words: 8,970. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Coming of age
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The six friends whose first-year project at Space Academy resulted in a "breakthrough" are poised to graduate and enter one-year internships at various sites around the solar system. But the onslaught of families arriving for the celebration, anxieties over grades and internship appointments, and a recalcitrant AI, combine to create a commencement that no one will ever forget.
Space Cadets: Academy
Series: Space Cadets. Price: Free! Words: 8,900. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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The four heroes who saved the moon shuttle from disaster enroll in Space Academy, where their First Year Project turns into something much more exciting than they bargained for.
The Prancing Jacana
Price: Free! Words: 80,110. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Caroline Parker, a best-selling author, has published a novel set in Senegal, an Islamic country. Problem is, her character, Detective Salif Bampoky, is gay, in a country where homosexuality is an abomination. Caroline accepts an invitation to be interviewed at the university in Dakar, dragging along her xenophobic husband. What could go wrong? And why are the government and a hacker involved?
Space Cadets: Moon Calling
Series: Space Cadets. Price: Free! Words: 9,350. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology
(4.00)
Tom and Tim Krikit are on the adventure of their young lives, they are going on a trip to the moon! En route they meet new people: two girls and an astronomy professor. When things go terribly wrong, will they have what it takes to survive? And who will turn out to be the hero that saves the day?
Almost Love
Price: Free! Words: 35,710. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(3.50)
What happens when love doesn't quite attain the ideal? You have "almost love", and maybe sometimes that's good enough.