Interview with Steven Herrick

Published 2015-01-20.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be titled 'cycling to Bohemia' - tracing my recent cycling adventure from St Malo in France to Prague in the Czech Republic.
Who are your favorite authors?
Raymond Carver, John Steinbeck and William Least-Heat Moon.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, my work, my bicycle!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Visiting schools throughout the world to read my poetry to children and young adults.
Describe your desk
When I was eighteen, I told my Mum I wanted to be a writer. The next day, she went out and bought me a second-hand desk. I'm fifty-six years old now and I've written all of my twenty-four books on this desk. It brings me closer to my Mum and the faith she showed in me all those years ago.
What is your writing process?
I write one book a year - usually between the months of October - January. I write every morning, in my study. After sending the manuscript to my publisher, the editing process can take anywhere between six to twelve months.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a poem called 'love is like a gobstopper' and I got paid $5. I was eighteen years old and decided that I wanted to be a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
My publisher usually does that for me. With some of my ebooks, I choose a photo from my cycle travels relating to the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck - beautifully written. A timeless story.
Blue Highways - William Least-Heat Moon - one of the best travel books ever written
In Europe - Geert Mak. Perhaps the most definitive book written about Europe in the 20th century - history, journalism and travel rolled into one long and informative book.
Where I'm Calling From - Raymond Carver - the best short story writer of all time
The Riders - Tim Winton - an Australian classic
What do you read for pleasure?
travel books
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
visiting schools to talk about my books
book festivals
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