About Steve Dunn:
As well as an author I’m a church leader, fig roll eater and cinema enthusiast. Some of these things I do simultaneously.
Creating worlds and exploring their highways and byways since an early age, I’ve always had a passion for stories both real and unreal.
Plans for new adventures are unfolding for many more years to come. Enjoy the ride!
What inspires you to write?
I’m constantly dreaming of “What If?” and other worlds and lives. The power of telling or hearing a story is potent, and there’s nothing quite like living the life of another person. The imagination is an exciting place to be!
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to outline in reams of Evernotes, with thoughts and links and pictures and quotes. I start a draft of the basic plot, and the essence of character’s backgrounds, and then allow these to take further shape once I start writing. It becomes a mutually formative process as the book progresses.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Less talking to, and more listening to them: I seek to hear their heart, and from that I understand how they would react in a situation, or what it is that truly drives them – even if they’re not “conscious” of it themselves!
What advice would you give other writers?
Read widely! Both fiction and non-fiction fuel the mind. Enjoy dreaming the “What If?” nuggets that life and imagination can throw up. And decide to write, not just when you feel like it. When you’re not in the mood, but do it anyway, the magic can still happen.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’d submitted two of my books to a number of agents, with the usual countless rejections (mostly commenting that they didn’t even have the time to look at it), and then realised the Kindle market was burgeoning and maybe some of my friends would like to read my books instead of them sitting in a dusty hard drive. And so here I am, simply enjoying the process of writing and sharing with the world. I’m not a big success (yet?), but am loving the opportunity for my books to be read and reviewed by strangers around the world.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It seems there are still so many that prefer to read a “real book”, but that is gradually changing. More and more are getting used to the idea of tablets and e-readers. I suspect the indie market will continue to burgeon; the challenge for indie authors will be how to shout above the increasing white noise of everyone else hollering, “Buy my book!”
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Crime Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Sci Fi
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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