Interview with Steve Hewitt

Who are your favorite authors?
That's a tough one. I love Steven Erikson, Tad Williams and George R. R. Martin, Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, Lee Child, H. P. Lovecraft ... but there are so many to choose from.
When did you first start writing?
About eight years ago, when I joined a local writing group.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife! She likes a cup of tea first thing when she wakes up. There's the next novel to finish and my dog needs to be exercised.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was an assignment for a writing group and I was given a title and asked to write something around 700 words. It was called 'Choices' and eventually ended up as a part of a larger piece called 'The Tangled Web' in my 'Brief Tour' book.
What are you working on next?
Volume 2 of Forbidden Knowledge. I've already got the outline in my head ...
What is your writing process?
I'm not sure I have a process as such. I tend to write in bursts of activity, then mull things over for a few days, waiting for inspiration to hit. I don't really plot things out in great detail, although I usually have a general idea of where a story is going. Sometimes, I simply have an opening or an ending and let the story write itself. I'm also one of those writers who changes things as they go along, so a story will sometimes end up looking very different to what I'd originally dreamt up. I think that too much plotting stifles my creativity, but if it works for other writers then that's fine - there's no set formula for writing and each author has to find their own way of working.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Apart from the enormous difficulty involved in getting a traditional publishing contract? I heard about smashwords from another (published) author and had a look at their site. It seemed to offer a good platform whilst leaving me pretty much in control of my own work. It also offered better royalty rates than Amazon - but, of course, money isn't everything. I long ago took on board the advice that if you write purely to make money then you'll probably make very little - writing has to come from the heart and engage with and entertain the reader. If they even suspect you're only interested in parting them from their money, then you're going to find it tough to persuade them to buy anything else you've written. For me, I enjoy writing the story first and foremost. If I make a fortune from my work then that's just a bonus because I get a kick out of appreciative comments. I'd prefer to be remembered as a good writer by a few people than to make a fortune but be remembered for writing dross.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
That depends on what day it is and what the weather's like. I walk a lot, trace claimants to undischarged estates held by The Treasury and spend far too much time shopping for groceries. In the evening, I might watch television, play a game on my computer, join friends for a local pub quiz or go out with my wife for a meal or to visit friends. We have been known to take in the odd movie or two at the local cine-complex.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing to see what's available (I love the old classics, especially if they're free!) or taking advice from friends and other writers. Basically, if something catches my attention then I'll have a look at the 'blurb' and the price and decide whether or not to buy. Like most people, I tend to stick to authors I'm already familiar with but I do try to read some 'new' stuff as well. I want people who've never heard of me to give my work a chance, so it seems only fair to do the same for other authors. There are undoubtedly some good writers out there who just need that lucky break.
Describe your desk
Cluttered! It houses my computer monitor, keyboard and mouse plus my printer. Then there's a few bags of sweets (not all for me - my granddaughter is addicted to jelly beans), a coffee mug, some record cards, a few books and magazines, a framed photograph of my border collie, the remote for my hi-fi system and a selection of objects such as a key-ring, two pine cones, a model of a mounted knight, a wizard at his own desk and three suitcase padlocks!
Published 2018-04-02.
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Books by This Author

Forbidden Knowledge - Volume 1: Death of a Demon
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 128,680. Language: British English. Published: February 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
As a Papal force destroy a village of heretics, a warrior discovers an old man who has haunted his dreams. He is offered a chance to gain immortality in return for sparing the old man’s life. Thus begins an epic journey which will involve forbidden knowledge, trust and betrayal, honour and deceit as the warrior finds himself at the heart of an ancient battle between implacable foes.
A Brief Tour Around My Head (2nd Edition)
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 76,850. Language: British English. Published: April 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A collection of 41 short stories covering a variety of genres - including fantasy, horror, sci-fi, thriller and comedy. Including tales about a widow who makes a surprising announcement, a disastrous interview, a pilot who makes a crash landing, a troubled miner seeking redemption, a prisoner who outsmarts himself and an update to a classic fairy-tale.