Steven Mathison

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New England. Born in Conn., raised in Providence, and attended High School in Mass. I've also lived in Maine and New Hampshire, where I now reside. I can't say that living in any of these states influenced my writing, or writing style. I would have to credit the U. S. Air Force for that.
When did you first start writing?
LOL - I was forced to learn writing skills in Naha, Okinawa in 1972. I happened to be standing in the wrong spot at the wrong time when a guy got fired and my Flight Chief fingered me to become a Desk Sergeant. The job required writing and typing - neither of which were parts of my skills set. I could shoot better than anyone around me, but I could not write, spell or type. At all. When that Flight Chief saw what I was turning out for official reports, he blew a gasket. threw a dictionary at me (literally), and assigned me 50 pages a night. Every night. I was given a test the next day. Every day. We won't go into what happened if I failed a test. About 6 months later I was an adequate typist using 4 fingers - but those $100 words were all over my reports, every one in correct context. I thoroughly enjoyed making dozens of people reach for their own dictionaries for the next year. After that ... I just had to continue improving.
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Arnald Haroldsson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 152,280. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
In the year 534 A.D. Arnald stumbles blindly into a plot aimed at the ultimate overthrow of his cousin, Arthur, High King of the Celts. Arnald is the least favorite of Elaine’s children and the perfect patsy for the gruesome rape and murder of his older sister.

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