I was recently interviewed for All Romance eBooks’ online newsletter, Wildfire, and I thought perhaps those of you who don’t receive the newsletter might like to see what I said:
Wildfire would like to welcome author Stevie Woods.
Julie: Welcome, Stevie. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Stevie: Hello, Julie. Nice to be here. I’m from the UK and for the last few years I’ve been writing gay romantic fiction exclusively, though I do like to try my hand at different genres. I have novels, novellas and short stories published in historical, fantasy, paranormal, futuristic and contemporary genres. Presently, I am published with Torquere Press, Phaze Book and MLR Press.
Julie: Could you tell us a couple of favorite books that inspired you to write?
Stevie: I wouldn’t say any particular book inspired my writing though I have always been an avid reader. I had always dabbled in putting pen to paper, usually just writing scenes from an idea bouncing around in my head. But, I never actually wrote a complete story. Not until I got caught up in fan-fiction and, all at once, I was completing and posting stories on line. People seemed to like my stuff and then I tried turning one of those scenes I had written previously into a complete story.
Julie: Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories?
Stevie: It is, though not always, and perhaps not in the way you meant. I don’t tend to like silence when I write so I usually have either music or the TV on with news or a documentary. It’s not so much that I listen but I like the awareness of the sound. If it’s music my taste is pretty eclectic; I tend to like soundtracks, or light classical, or (showing my age) 60s, 70s or 80s music.
Julie: What do you feel is the most important thing that a first-time author should know?
Stevie: That publication is not the end of the process, but the beginning. Next you have to sell your story, to try and convince those readers out there that your story is worth reading. That out of the many other excellent authors out there selling their wares, yours is worth buying. It’s a demanding and time-consuming exercise that, as much as you might prefer to be writing, is just as much part of being an author.
Julie: Any advice for aspiring authors?
Stevie: Keep writing, reading and writing again. Write what you enjoy, what you would like to read. I know it is commonly said you should write what you know, but I think it’s more important to write what you feel, to drop all those restraints and let yourself go. It’s what is at the heart of the story that really matters and that can only come from within and I think the pleasure you feel in the words shines through in the writing. And when it comes to publication, keep plugging away, perseverance is the key.
Julie: What books are currently on your virtual or actual nightstand?
Stevie: I do have a couple of print books waiting in the wings – At Swim Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill, and Lord John and the Private Matter by Diane Gabaldon – but I do most of my reading on my trusty iPaq. Have had the device for three years now and never go anywhere without it. I have so many books on there that it is a balancing act to choose the next one to read! However, I am half-way through The Duke of Orleans by John Simpson and next on my list is Making Promises by Amy Lane (an author I recently discovered after she was recommended on one of my lists and who has become a must-buy for me).
Julie: What’s next for you?
Stevie: Well I have some releases due in the next few months, The Kiva, #4 in the Tomcat Series; Revenge is a Dish – my first attempt at a mystery/thriller, which is due out in September. The final part of the Tomcat Series, the novel, Sacrifices, is also due out later this year. The whole of the Tomcat series is also being released in print from MLR Press over the next few months too.
I’m a Brit from the Northwest of England where I live with my husband. I would love to be able to write full-time but I have to resort to a day job, though I’m counting down to the days until I can finally give it up and concentrate on doing what I really want!
I like reading a story with a good strong plot and believable characters and do my best to create them in my own work. I have a particular fondness for Historical settings, but also thoroughly enjoy SF, Fantasy, Paranormal and Contemporary. I find the similarities as intriguing as the differences. I love to hear from readers and will happily respond to all queries: Stevie@steviewoods.com
View more Stevie Woods titles on All Romance.
Smoke Screen, Torquere Press
A Million Pinpricks, Torquere Press
The Wrong Path, Torquere Press
Twists & Turns, Torquere Press
Roll of the Dice, Torquere Press
Tactics, Torquere Press
Tutelary, Torquere Press
On Reflection, Torquere Press
Bridging Time, Torquere Press
Fortune’s Choice, Torquere Press
Conversations, Torquere Press
More Than Sex, Torquere Press
Zimaya Heights, Torquere Press
Beyond the Veil, Phaze Books
Drawing the Veil, Phaze Books
Cane, Phaze Books
Conflict, Phaze Books
Binary Stars 5 – The Heliotrope, Phaze Books
One Small Step – Phaze Books
Death’s Desire (Past Shadows Anthology), MLR Press
The Hitch-hiker (#1 The Tomcat Line), MLR Press
The Lost Temple (# 2 The Tomcat Line), MLR Press
West of El Pilar (#3 The Tomcat Line), MLR Press
Cut & Thrust, Stevie Woods @ 1Romance Ebooks
The Kiva (#4 The Tomcat Line), MLR Press
Revenge is a Dish, Torquere Press
Sacrifices (#5 The Tomcat Line), MLR Press