About Steve Vernon:
I have been writing and selling my fiction for about forty years. My early sales were horror genre short stories that I sold to such markets and magazines as CEMETERY DANCE, FLESH AND BLOOD, THE HORROR SHOW, KARL EDWARD WAGNER’S YEARS BEST HORROR and many others. At this current point I have seven local Nova Scotian folklore collections traditionally published by a local press and about FIFTY independently published e-books – some novels, some novellas, and some short story collections.
I guess that if you had to call me anything I would say that I am Nova Scotia’s hardest working horror writer.
What inspires you to write?
I like to imagine ordinary people doing wild and crazy and courageous things. I like to imagine what regular folks would do in a highly irregular situation. I have a hunger for heroism and when I cannot find it I like to just make it up.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a picker and a poker. I gnaw away at a story like an ant nibbling on a fallen bagel. Word by word, sentence by sentence – I travel through the darkness by flashlight and I eventually find my way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I keep my office door closed just so my wife does not hear me talking to all of my imaginary friends.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read a lot. Write a lot. This is a long game.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have stories to tell. I do not want to merely tell them to myself – so I seek, through publication, to get my stories out to as many readers as possible.
If I had give any advice I would tell a new author that it is important to remember that your first sixty-eight written stories will most likely suck out loud – and then it gets worse. I have been at this game for forty years and I am still only figuring things out. Writing is a learning curve – a long, steep old hill.
Keep on climbing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People will ALWAYS have a need for storytellers. First time you open up your mouth at a party I guarantee that a story will fall out. Just as soon as you say – this is what I heard – or – this is what happened to me – a story begins to take form.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: horror, dark fantasy, paranormal semi-romance, ghost stories, folklore, the occasional western and whatever else I happen to dream up.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
Link To Steve Vernon Page On Amazon
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