Interview with Steeven R. Orr

What is your writing process?
I try and get everything out of me as quickly as possible, just vomit everything out. I used to try and edit as I wrote, but I never completed anything when I did that.

I've found that I can often be more productive if I post what I write on my site, as I write it. So that's what I've been doing with the book I'm working on now, Then a Penguin Walked In. It's all first draft stuff, but I'm more motivated to write, and my readers get to "watch" as I write my newest book.

After it's all out there, I go back and clean it up as much as I can. Following that, I edit. I can't afford a proper editor, so I use an online editing program that, while not ideal, seems to work out fairly will for me.

Then I print it all out and read it out loud. I'm always amazed at the typos and mistakes I find when I read it out loud. I'm also hearing how it sounds, how it flows, and I make notes as I go. Finally, I make the changes that need changing based upon my read through, then get the thing published.
Describe your desk
I write on a laptop at the dining room table. So, it's flat, and expansive.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Honestly, I don't remember the first story I ever wrote. I recall, as a child, creating my own Mad Magazine-like comic book stories that were parodies of movies, such as The Empire Strikes Back.

I do remember a piece of what would now be referred to as fan fiction that I wrote in 10th grade featuring characters from the Belgariad by David Eddings.

However, I do recall the very first line I wrote that began a tale (which I've yet to finish) that took me down the road to trying this writing thing for real.

"I woke this morning to find a walrus under my kitchen sink."
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King and Douglas Adams.

The world is a poorer place without Douglas Adams.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, this is something I wasn't aware of when I decided to jump into this whole writing thing and try to self publish. I was not aware that I would either have to A) Create my own covers, or B) Pay someone else to do it.

I mean, yeah, it makes perfect and logical sense, but as I've told people before, logic is my Kryptonite, so cover design wasn't something that I even thought about at first.

I was actually quire upset when it hit me that I'd written something I was proud of, something I wanted to get out there and share with the world, but I couldn't simply because I wasn't capable enough to create a decent looking cover, and I couldn't afford to pay someone do it for me. I felt I was stuck. But I muddled through.

I'm lucky enough to know some folks in the graphic design business, and while I wouldn't ask them to create a cover for me for free, they do provide help and teach me a lot about using Photoshop and such.

So when it comes to cover design, I do the same thing I do with my writing. When I don't have someone do a cover for me (hi, Harold), I just vomit it all out there and then spend weeks refining it until I get what I want.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still trying to figure out this whole marketing thing.

I'm told that social media is the way to go, but I just don't have a lot of time to spend online ... I'll tell you what, if I figure it out, I'll make sure and let everyone know. :)

To be honest though, I'm not all that focused on the marketing side. I mean, I talk about what I'm doing on my site or on Twitter, but beyond that, I don't press to hard. Right now I'm more focused on creating.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Currently I have just my first full-length novel, Holliday's Gold.

It's a modern re-telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears which started three years ago as both a writing exercise and an excuse to put some content up on my site each week.

Eventually it turned into a tale of good and evil, love, and forgiveness that I'm really quite proud of.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, I just wanted to get some stuff out there.

The more I read about everything that you need to do just to catch the eye of a literary agent, I just felt exhausted. So I decided to just give it a try on my own.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on my first fantasy book, Then a Penguin Walked In, which isn't your typical fantasy book.

It takes the convention of the average no-nothing guy destined to save the world and throws humor at it. I wanted to basically write the kind of fantasy book that I thought Douglas Adams would write. Is it the kind of fantasy book Douglas Adams would write? No, but then I'm not Douglas Adams.

Then a Penguin Walked In is just the beginning though. There's more to come, much more in the world of Gund.

I'm having a lot of fun with it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a character that just flows out of my fingers with no effort at all. The kind of character that makes me smile as I type.

Other than that, I love starting a new tale, and I love completing one. It's all that stuff in the middle that's no fun. :)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Most certainly.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

I was in preschool and during nap time I would lay down on my little mat and read. I wore that book out.

Where the Wild Things Are introduced me to the joy of reading.
Published 2017-08-25.
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Books by This Author

The Adventures of Norman Oklahoma Volume One
Pre-release—available April 28, 2018. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,340. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
My name is Norman Oklahoma. I’m a private investigator who specializes in the supernatural, the unexplained, and the just plain weird. These are my stories. Collecting the first three tales from the ongoing online serial, join Norman as he battles goblins, ogres, vampires, crazed cult members, and even a mutant walrus man. This isn't Urban Fantasy, this is Rural Fantasy.