Steven Qualls, a lifetime writer and learner, who spent many years traveling the country with his guitar, pen, paper, and cat ‘Rocker‘, is a keen observer and possesses an optimistic love of humanity. Steven now lives in the great Southwest with his loving wife and son, two dogs, three cats, and a whole bunch of guitars.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The magnificent Southwest. New Mexico, Arizona, specifically the White Mountains of Arizona. I had a very free childhood and as long as I finished whatever work needed to be done, then I was on my own. So I basically grew up along the banks of the little Colorado River, and in the caves, and along the mesas and extinct volcanoes that surrounded our town. It was kind of lonely sometimes because most of my friends parents were convinced that I was some sort of wildling and forbid them from hanging with me. But then again I did have two crows and a bobcat that would go most everywhere with me. I like to think that, that freedom and that loneliness and the connection I felt with the natural world and with God, will always be a part of my writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first one but I do remember finishing Tom Sawyer and then just breaking down and crying for an hour or so. I was just so sad I wasn't going to have those guys to hang around with anymore. But then my parents got me the complete collection of Mark Twain, and I found out about Twains other Sawyer books. I mean they fly across the ocean in a fancy balloon, and all kinds of cool stuff. Man I was back in Heaven.
Out of incredible darkness emerges a powerful, hugely intelligent destructive force. One man honed and sharpened on the streets, nurtured on an ancient hate, with almost mystical powers over mortal minds and only one thing on his mind - Revenge! Revenge on the whole world!
Now the fate of all mankind rests with the beautiful, yet troubled October Morning. The one woman that dares stand in his way.