Steve Nelson was raised in Central Ohio, where he still resides with his patient wife and rambunctious children. His writing is influenced by the contrasting seasons and rural aspects the Midwest has to offer, as well as the purity of the emotions experienced when with his family. After a long day of working and chasing his kids around, he tries to recapture some of his sanity with a little reading, a little jazz, or some good old fashioned vid binging.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Central Ohio, which is sort of that sweet spot between metropolitan and rural, with the country just a short drive in any direction. You get the extremes of all four seasons there—sometimes in one day—so I was able to witness and appreciate the pleasant aspects of each. With everything that region has to offer, living there gave me a plethora of experiences to draw from when crafting stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I can remember reading and enjoying is The Giver in middle school. Reading it yielded a twofold discovery: for the first time I understood that a book was an adventure and that writing generally was just as effective a means of conveying a message as any other type of media.