Steve Moran

Biography

I've had many careers in my life; I've been a baker, a teacher, a scientist, a musician, a cleaner, an actor and...well, lots of things! But the one thing that I enjoy above everything is - being an author! But that doesn't really convey the deep down pleasure it gives me to create characters, situations, towns, cities, even whole worlds! If you've ever wondered what it would be like to play at being God and shape human lives just the way you want to, well, the advice I would give you is - become an author!
Plunge into your thoughts, feelings, memories and imagination and create something nobody else has ever created before - and then do it as well as you can! It's true that I write for my own satisfaction, but if I'm hoping that someone is going to read my work - and ideally pay good money for it! - then I've got to make it as good as I can!
So welcome to my world! I write books for children (including those of any age who are still children at heart!) and I usually like to include something magical in my stories. Magic has a very special appeal for me, not least because it seems like magic to me when a story appears in my head! That's when I most feel like a magician!
I write as well as I can with you in mind. I hope you enjoy my world as much as I do!

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
The initial idea for a story might come from anywhere. It might pop into my head unbidden. It might come out of a chance conversation, or it might come from an idea I'd had when writing an earlier book. But wherever it comes from, the next part of the process is the same. I listen to the idea. I watch it. I study it. I try to understand what it wants to be.
For me the writing process is about uncovering a story which, in a sense, already exists. It's my job to uncover something which is buried, something which is hidden, and which is revealing itself only to me.
So it's important that I shouldn't force my own ideas onto it. Sometimes I've done that, and then the storyline has gone wrong. If that happens I have to step back and listen carefully to what the story really wants to be, and not what I want it to be.
I don't say that's an easy thing to do. It's not. It can be quite time-consuming. Quite frustrating, even. But when I get it right, I know. And there's no feeling in the world quite like it!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I can't remember the first story I ever read, but I can remember the type of stories I first used to read!
They were stories of myth and legend, of witches and fairies, giants and goblins! Greek legends, Roman legends, Indian legends, Norse legends - gods and demons, heroes and warriors!
I found these stories so inspiring!
First of all because good (usually!) triumphed over evil, and secondly because the worlds described were so much more colourful and exciting than my own humdrum city-based twentieth-century life! How I wished I'd lived in a time when gods spoke to men, animals talked, and magicians stalked the Earth! At a later age I discovered C.S.Lewis and Tolkien, and I never looked back! Yes, eventually I read the classics of English literature - and loved them! - but for me my reading heart will always return to tales of magic and fantasy!
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Books

Jackie Potatoes
Price: $2.30 USD. Words: 21,040. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Jackie and her friends love to bake cakes and chat in the kitchen of her parents' restaurant, where they gather every day after school. Well, they did until the letters started arriving! Letters from big companies and government organisations who seem determined to destroy their happy little village. Only one person knows how to face up to these threats - and that's Jackie Potatoes, of course!
Barnabus Mudpatch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,790. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Medieval, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Arthurian
Barnabus Mudpatch, a street urchin, tries on a suit of armour and finds himself fighting a deadly battle with the greatest knight in the land! Miraculously, he survives, only to find himself plunged into mystery, intrigue and danger as he battles destructive demons to the death! Is it just luck that he overcomes all these challenges, or is there more to Barnabus than meets the eye...

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