Steve Horner


Following retirement in 2014, Steve Horner rediscovered a typed copy of a book he'd written 40 years earlier, when commuting to London on a daily basis. With more time available, the book Goodbye Jeremy, was retyped into Word, reread and edited on and off over the next 3 years. Having made this effort, self-publishing provided the means to make the book available to family, friends and a wider audience who might be interested.
Writing is an enjoyable activity, particularly over the winter months, so another book will be completed soon. The new book is not a continuation of the theme of Goodbye Jeremy, but will again be in the thriller/action genre - Troubled World.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm retired now, after 50 years of working as a Chartered Accountant, in a range of industries and commerce. The work was varied, demanding and frequently meant long hours at the desk. Perversely on retiring, I genuinely missed this. Writing fills this gap, particularly during the winter months, when outside activity can be limited. The interaction with people and social side of my work, is covered by charitable activities and groups, such as creative writing. It's good to hear what others have written, widens experience of the variety of styles and genres which appeals to others. Charitable activity does give a sense of fulfillment, whether it be working with others physically, or in an administrative capacity.
As I write for my own pleasure, although I do discipline myself to commit regular time to it, it's at my discretion, not driven by others' timetables; that's a joy after a lifetime in work. It surprises me that once the idea of a story is formed, the words can flow quite quickly. The inevitable phases of writer's block, dispersed by other activities which allow for thinking time, rather than staring at a blank screen
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
While commuting to London in the 1970's, I decided I'd try to use the journey into work to write. I remembered a popular saying - everyone has one book in them; time to try! In those days you could get a seat, and not find other people crushed up against you as the train filled up! I only wrote on the way to work, the journey home was taken up by some report or catching up on technical changes. Hand written in a notebook, just scribbled away each day, let the characters and plot take me where they wanted, rather than any pre-planning.
It took around a year and a friend of my wife's typed it up. I didn't read it, stuck it in a box file and put it in the attic. On retiring, I dug it out and read it. Didn't think it was too bad so edited and retyped in Word, then unsure once again what to actually do with it.
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Troubled World
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,280. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The book is set in 2025, post Brexit. Problems continue in various areas, including border controls in Ireland, the continuing refugee crisis in Europe and the fallout from the UK losing part of the armament contract with Saudi Arabia. These result in terrorist action and a call to reunite Ireland. The UN and EU attempt again to resolve the various conflict and refugee issues around the world.
Goodbye Jeremy
Price: Free! Words: 85,990. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Jeremy Palmer is found dead in the River Thames. The police investigation results in a suicide verdict. Stuart Clay, a friend of Jeremy's, believes this unlikely and starts his own investigation. This leads him into the murky world of drug dealing and distribution, endangering both his and his girlfriend's life.

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