Interview with Steve Davies

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Nothing beats the opportunity to 'lose yourself' Eminem-style in a fantasy world that you control. In that space all that matters is your imagination. For me, peace can be found there.
What are you working on next?
In the not too distant future I expect to publish 'More curtailed tales'. Again there will be 100 readings, most of which will be 'flash' fiction rather than the very short or 'micro' fiction. I am about 3/4 of the way there.
But wait, there's more...
A couple of short story collections are in the pipeline. Stay tuned
Who are your favorite authors?
I have been a big fan of Stephen King since I read 'Carrie'. My bookshelves are full to breaking point with his work. Oddly, I don't write much in the horror genre.
Isaac Asimov is my preference when it comes to Sci-fi. 'The naked sun' is my all-time favourite by him although there are plenty of others to enjoy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a carer for elderly and disabled people 4 days a week. Family and friends occupy a significant part of my life and sleeping takes up the remainder.
What is your writing process?
Step 1. Wait patiently for strange idea to pop into my head
Step 2. Record bare bones of idea on a device - mobile, tablet, PC
Step 3. Unspecified time later retrieve idea and try to remember what the point was or make sense of idea's bare bones.
Step 4. Remove all distractions and disappear into the writing vortex
Step 5. Be repeatedly interrupted by annoyed family members
Step 6. Ignore annoyed family members
Step 7. Finish first draft eventually and Step 8. Edit/Re-write until satisfied
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Australia in the Melbourne suburb of Mordialloc and lived in neighbouring Parkdale for my first 21 years. I have not moved beyond the burbs of Melbourne since. As a result much of my writing is reflective of suburbia with suburban characters in suburban relationships. Living within the confines of the burbs has influenced my mental state which in turn has had a HUGE influence on my writing.
How do you approach cover design?
The moment I have settled on a title for my book the concept for cover design is born. For my poetry collection 'Out of my mind' I visualised a head with the top flipped open like a lid and a golden light shining outwards. I don't know that it was an original idea, but I created the cover myself. For the short story collection 'Curtailed Tales' I conjured an idea that fit the title and submitted a very rough prototype to a professional artist. I recommend getting a professional in.
Describe your desk
It's small, cluttered and dominated by a dinosaur of a PC (hard drive looks like a big black monolith that would not be out of place in a remake of 2001: A space odyssey)
I think its an old IKEA flat pack jobby I put together with the help of my friend Allen Key
When did you first start writing?
In 2005, I started to write a journal that encouraged me to put pencil to paper on a daily basis. From that came the birth of writing as a habit and soon random ideas unrelated to the journal materialised. My first serious piece of poetry was written in 2006. Sketches, short stories and song lyrics followed.
What's the story behind your latest book?
At a writers group meeting about 2 years ago, I was informed that contributions were being sought by the local producer of a 'Zine'. Specifically they wanted micro fiction stories of less than 200 words. I had already written around a dozen of these very short stories long before then. After gathering them together I set about writing more, but had enormous difficulty keeping them under 200 or even 300 words. One wacky idea after another popped from head to page and the concept of 'Curtailed Tales' was born from there.
Published 2016-05-21.
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Books by This Author

Curtailed Tales: Readings for the time poor
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,420. Language: Australian English. Published: May 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
'Curtailed Tales', a combination of micro and flash fiction stories featuring a myriad of curious characters ensconced in various weird and wonderful scenarios, delivers to the reader imagined futures, rewritten histories, suburban melodramas, intercourse (the social and sexual kinds) and alien encounters of the third kind! Mostly humorous, these 'tales' are an entertainment for an adult audience