Interview with Steve Sagarra

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in St. Louis, naturally you hear about some of the all-time greats - T.S. Eliot, Maya Angelou, Eugene Field, William S. Burroughs; Tennessee Williams was raised here and Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, grew up in Hannibal. St. Louis and the surrounding regions has a rich history and tradition of breeding talented writers, and that alone is inspiring to want to be a part of it no matter how small your contribution.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is simply to regurgitate what is in my head and write it down, despite how it may initially look, sound, etc. Although I keep it in mind, I do not worry about the elements of the story during that time as much as I do the story, as I feel that the elements eventually fall into place and come about from the writing itself. Then, I go back to fill in, edit, etc, to make it a coherent narrative.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
While I have no exact recollection of a specific story, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne were the first authors I ever read as a kid. Their intricate use of dialogue and details made me imagine worlds that were awe-inspiring.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in the 6th grade there was a "book" writing competition, and I was chosen as one of a handful of finalists. The books were collections of short stories, art, essays, etc; one story was basically fan-fiction based on the original Star Trek series.
When did you first start writing?
As I mentioned, 6th grade was my first real exposure to writing of any kind. Throughout high school and into college, I mainly wrote papers and essays while dabbling in short story writing. It was not until graduate school and getting into journalism that I really began my writing career, again returning to short story writing and experimenting with poetry.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find writing to be very cathartic, as a way to express myself that otherwise could not be done. Likewise, my hope is that others can take away something for themselves from my writing.
What do you read for pleasure?
My tastes range to a variety of topics, and what I'm reading depends on my interests at the time. Of course, being a historian and journalist, I have a very large collection of history and political books. But, my bookshelves also are filled with classics, science fiction, fantasy and even comic books/graphic novels. I'm not a prolific reader, so, depending on my mood, I find pleasure in anything that is well written and holds my attention.
Who are your favorite authors?
Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Piers Anthony, Jack Kerouac, James Ellroy
Describe your desk
I have always been an organized person, and my desk reflects it. Everything is in its place - my laptop, printer, jar of pens, post-it notes, etc. There is not a lot of clutter to interfere with or distract from working on projects.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, listening to music and reading, watching movies and television, going to sporting events and playing golf. Not to mention sleeping, and occasionally just shutting out the world by doing nothing at home. I also like to cook, either from family recipes or experimenting in the kitchen.
Published 2015-11-21.
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Sir Aloyius T. Periwinkle's Mortalia Adventurarium
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