About Steven Spellman:
You should never judge a book by its cover. As well, you should never judge a writer by his bio. With that being said, Steven Spellman is writer for readers who enjoy stories of lust, of deception, stories of redemption, of love and stories of horrors. Born in East Orange, New Jersey, Steven Spellman has been a drug dealer, a prisoner, an armed felon, a college student, a father, a husband, a sinner, a saint. Like everyone else Steven Spellman has worn many hats, but never any so well fitted as a writer. His ongoing struggle with life is a personification of the fact that You Should Never Judge a Book by its Cover; you may miss the whole story.
What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write is when I see an extraordinary story in an otherwise ordinary observation. I am inspired to write the most strongly when I notice a story to be told that has not been told or has not yet been told in quite the way that only I can tell it.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is actually quite simple. When I am inspired with a new story I write the experience of the story, the sights, the sounds, the tastes, but most importantly how the story feels and what it represents to my own reality narrative. Initially I write a story with no other guidance besides the images, sights, and sounds that I see in my head and then I come back and try to make the narrative as easy for others to experience and as faithful to what originally coalesced in my mind as possible.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters very closely. Once a character has begun to find his or her or its form I try to listen to them as they tell me what they would do as opposed to telling them what to do. I react with characters according their own levels of personhood. Once a character has begun to find his or her or its’ footing, I interact with them just as if they were an actual person. The more developed and independent they are and become, the more passionately I respond to their individual person.
What advice would you give other writers?
The advice I would give to other writers is that the true quality of a work is more closely associated with the clarity with which the writer exposes himself to the world through his or her characters and their experiences than by meeting any predetermined set of guidelines. Another piece of advice I would give to other writers is that good writing is not a product of a single event or a single burst of inspiration but rather the product diligent, consistent labor over a long period of time, perhaps years, with little to no reward before true success arrives.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided how to publish my books by perusing resources like The Writers Market Book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is evolving just as all living thing must and that it might be different beyond it evolution but that it will never suffer extinction or lose its potency. I think inspired, diligent writers will always write and there will always be an audience of spirited readers that will crave what is written.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Fiction, Dark Ficiton, Science Fiction, Horror
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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