Interview with Stephen Wise

What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything by Stephen King and as much as I can by Orson Scott Card, Tad Williams, Caleb Carr, Victor Gischler, and Agatha Christie.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my computer and my iPhone when I have to read electronically.
Describe your desk
I recently bought an old, solid wooden desk that barely fit through the door.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As a child, I lived in a small town in Michigan. Through my teen years we bounced back and forth from Michigan to Texas and Oklahoma. I think the midwestern kid is still alive in my writing, as that small-town life seems to be the ideal for me. However, living in both rural and urban environments while growing up has allowed me different perspectives, and that has come out in the various stories I've written.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as soon as I was able to form letters. I taught myself how to type when I was about 9 or 10. I still have some of my early manuscripts.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am adapting a screenplay I wrote into a novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The independent publishing world has opened up in recent years to the extent where it is a great way to get your work to the public. I like being able to control my own material and career.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love having a story and characters come to life and take me in unexpected directions. Often I am discovering the story as it's being typed out in front of me, and that's exciting.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am amazed and pleased when people tell me they enjoy my work. It means a lot to me to be able to entertain others with my imagination.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a cinephile, so movies are my great love (other than books).
What is your writing process?
I write down a lot of notes, whether it's story ideas, characters, or simply titles. I'll work out all the main plot points in an outline before tackling the meat of the story. I tend to re-write as I go, but I spend a lot of time polishing after the story is completed.
Published 2016-10-31.
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Books by This Author

Portals of the Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,670. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This anthology contains a mixture of short stories and one poem from a variety of genres including science fiction, horror, fantasy, western, and humor. Come along for the ride, as you never know what to expect next.