Interview with Steve Vollmer

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have goals in life to reach my maximum potential. To reach self-actualization.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work at my day job. I practice yoga. I garden. I spend time with my girlfriend. I play chess. I enjoy the beauty of my surroundings. I do things to calm my mind and caress my soul.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am exploring this new venue so I cannot give a valid answer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about an old man who gains redemption by saving a life. It is a short story called Simons Cane and can be read
for free on my website www.stevestakeonthings.com
What is your writing process?
Unfortunately, a might haphazard. I don't outline (maybe in a sketchy way) and wing the plot. I have a general and admittedly hazy idea of the events to come but it works out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Huckleberry Finn. It made me want to read.
How do you approach cover design?
Good question. I try to incorporate mindsets combined with story elements.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Catcher in the Rye. Every male is or was once Holden.
Shogun. Tremendous setting and atmosphere. Great intrigue and action.
Catch 22. The blackest of comedies.
Lord of the Rings-the gold standard for fantasy and you must fall in love with the characters
1984. Will always ring true.
Describe your desk
Sometimes it's a couch. Sometime it's a bed with lots of tufted pillows. Maybe the better question is describe my desktop. I'm a lazy writer, I guess, who likes to type in comfort.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Jersey. I don't want to say it's a neurotic hotbed because I probably brought that on myself. That Holden mentality. It's hard to apply this question to my writing because I've written in several genres but my epub stuff? Drawing on personal experiences.
When did you first start writing?
Around age 28.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I think it's to offend people. Violate their senses. Don't pull punches.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
You get the sense that agents and editors glance at a syllable or two and move on. I know, every writer thinks their work is the next big thing. But you can't even get by a query. For me, I probably started the 'get published' gig too late and to make up for lost time, here I go. And there's always the money.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Such formatting is new and actually fun. Mark Coker's style guide is quite useful. Plus, it has helped me start to learn this business. A lot. Thank you for that!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Exposing the deep and dark crevices of my mind and hopefully one day making it a part of making my living.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to Sleazy Street. I'd like to start writing novellas.
Who are your favorite authors?
Salinger, Tolkien, King, Clavell.
Published 2015-06-05.
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Books by This Author

Neck Wattle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,140. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Bohemian Neil Cardell has a rare gene mutation which causes him to age slowly. An internet manifesto promoting elderly suicide goes viral setting in motion humorus and endearing events as Neil comes to grips with mortality and reconciliations with his estranged family. He lives in a retirement community populated by characters from his love interest who thinks she is dead to an ex-NRA lobbyist.
Bronwon
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The Bard Bronwon has been tasked to entreat the great mountain spirit Shiksis into siding with his country Parlandia in their war against the Gamorites. He has been given conflicting advice from his mentor and from Parlandian royalty on how to deal with the capricious spirit. He makes the journey on his great winged Pterak and encounters the spirit on the side of Captive Mountain.
The Cull
Price: Free! Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(5.00 from 1 review)
An anonymous author has posted a manifesto calling for the worldwide elimination of the unproductive elderly. The aim is to improve the human race, physically and more importantly, economically. It goes viral and makes such logical sense that seniors world wide act on it, almost to the point of being a fad. Some of the posh retirement community of Harbor Trace join the tide.
Simon' s Cane
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Simon Jackson is a disagreeable old man with an equally cantankerous case of sciatica. He lives by a lake and his golden years are beset by a humdrum existence and subdivision sprawl. A cane which he at first reviles gives him cause to live.
Big Knuckles
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,870. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Unemployed, short on cash, and recently divorced, Phil Fairchild is vulnerable to easy money and debauchery. His raunchy well-off friend greases that skid. HIs true love interest lives across the street and vies with a femme fatale from the Russian Mob. Phil gets involved as a sperm donor for a reality TV show as debauchery and that easy money spirals out of hilarious control.