Interview with Stephen Dobson

What do your fans mean to you?
Mark Hamill says it best, "Without fans, we'd be nothing."
What are you working on next?
My goal is to publish a short story every week in such genres as Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, & Erotic. If you wish for me to produce something in a specific genre, I would be happy to try!
Who are your favorite authors?
Joe Abercrombie is currently my favorite Swords and Sorcery author. His grim and brutal fantasy has sparked my imagination for almost ten years now.
J.K. Rowling is my next favorite author. She has a way with words unlike anyone I've ever read and has influenced my style of writing more than any other person.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I've had a troubled life and made a lot of mistakes but, somehow, there are people in this world that still want to talk to me, that tell me they love me. It is their hope in my future that urges me on and puts the flame in my belly.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run an unsuccessful company part time. I work in sales and am an accomplished web designer. I watch tons of shows and movies. I love to deconstruct plot and rewrite B-movies to make them more interesting. One of my favorite things is to read or here dialog and rearrange it to make it more appealing to the eyes or ears.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'll be honest, I mostly use Amazon because of the cloud convenience but recently I've been using Goodreads. They have great suggestions.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! I was about 8 or 9 and I had this idea about how a mole-rat who became obese by eating too many cheeseburgers. My brother illustrated it. Unfortunately, over the years of moving from place to place and inconsistencies in my life, it has been lost.
What is your writing process?
Most of the time I have a person or place stuck in my head. I sit down and start filling out the blanks on why this person or place exists. The story usually writes itself and takes its own twists and turns. I only come in and change the structure and string the plot together after I'm done with my "word vomit."
Interestingly enough, I get my best ideas from crazy dreams.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Other than children's books and textbooks, the first novel I read was Star Trek: First Contact. I remember it very well.
I never had any inclination to read before I picked up that book when I was 13 because I loved the movie and I wanted to relive the experience. We couldn't afford to buy the movie on VHS and it wasn't showing on TV. Of course, online streaming wasn't available yet. I found the book at a yard sale for $1 and brought it home. After I finished, I was addicted to reading. I picked up every book there was, even the huge 12 volume encyclopedia that my father owned and read it from back to front. In my late teens I was reading 6-7 books at one time, I would read a couple chapters of each every day. Now it's about once a week.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a little graphic design experience as well so I usually find public domain images and modify them for my own use.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Harry Potter series. I go though phases where I'll read all of the books and watch all of the movies three times a year. It is by far the most I've read of any series so far. I also love the Dune series and I lament that they haven't been able to make a good feature film out of them yet.
Published 2016-03-27.
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Books by This Author

PEARL 1. A Tear for an Android
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,820. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Detective Ramirez is screwed. His kid's tuition needs to be paid. A gang war is about to start. Now he has to train a new partner in the midst of all of this. Sam is an android, the first one ever to attend a police academy. She is fresh and eager to learn what it takes to become a homicide investigator with the Los Angeles Police Department.
The House of Question's: Skip (Sample)
Price: Free! Words: 16,370. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
This is a free sample of a young adult fantasy I'm working on to fill the void of Harry Potter that so many are trying to do at the moment. Skip is a boy who has a troubled life filled with giant birds that he tends to but soon his quaint world is interrupted by a stranger rider on a jet black horse who takes him from his home to go to a school that teaches special abilities.