Steven Bruce


Steven Bruce is a poet, writer, and author of  White Knuckle His poetry and short stories have featured in magazines and anthologies around the world. In 2018, he graduated from Teesside University with an MA in Creative Writing. He currently lives and writes out of an apartment in Barcelona.


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White Knuckle: A poetry collection. 1987 Books.

Shortlisted for the 2021 International Poetry Book Awards
Awarded the Indies Today Five-Star Recommendation Badge.

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 The Author Interviews 

Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a poet, writer, and the author of White Knuckle. My poetry and short stories have featured in magazines and anthologies around the world. In 2018, I graduated from Teesside University with an MA in Creative Writing. I was born in England, but I now live and write out of an apartment in Barcelona.

When did you start writing?
I started writing in my late twenties while living alone in a cramped flat inside a run-down tower block in England. Bouncing between unemployment and warehouse jobs, I knew I needed something to pull me out of that quiet life of desperation.

Then one night, out of nowhere, I remembered a story told to me in primary school. It was about a man who commits murder, chops the body into pieces, and hides it under the floor. Eventually, his guilt manifests in the hallucination of the corpse's heart beating under the floorboards. Of course, I'm talking about The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. And I thought, maybe I could write horror stories. So I switched my old computer on and, in total ignorance of the craft, spent the next few hours writing. When the sun came up, I'd written the first draft of a short horror story titled Chimaera. From there, I never looked back.


Have you gone on any literary pilgrimages?
Not intentionally. However, I've stumbled across a few places on my travels around Europe. Some that come to mind are Shakespeare and Company in Paris, Antico CaffĂ© Greco in Rome, Dante’s House in Florence, and Bar Marsella here in Barcelona.

Europe has a great culture and an astounding history. You can’t go far without discovering a place of literary interest or a monument to a famous artist. It’s one of the many reasons I love living here.

Do you read reviews?
Reviews are extremely important for authors, especially the good ones. They promote the book and help potential readers decide if it’s worth their time. But, ultimately, I tend not to read reviews anymore. Too easy, they become an unnecessary distraction. Although it’s great hearing when someone enjoys your work, my job is to write, not contend with opinions.

What was the best money you ever spent as an author?
The best money I ever spent as an author was on a decent coffee machine.

Tell us about your latest release?
My latest book’s titled White Knuckle. It’s also my debut poetry collection, released last year.
It’s an autobiographical report on the reality of life in a poverty-stricken, drug and violence-fuelled environment. It’s a gut-wrenching composition of grief, loss, and abandonment at an early age.
Overall, it features fifty-one poems and a letter to my younger self. Here’s a short sample poem from the collection:

Failing

Wandering the deserted streets at dawn
with dirty skin, no food for three days.

Feet blistered from wet, worn-out shoes,
knuckles grazed from fighting off two junkies.

Elbow stinging from a weeping knife wound,
I retire under the railway bridge.

School report card tucked inside my pocket,
it says I must try harder.

What was the hardest scene to write?

There were a lot of difficult moments while writing this book. If I had to choose one, I’d say the poem about finding my mother’s suicide.

Where can we find it?
You can find White Knuckle on Amazon. Alternatively, you can order a signed, personalized copy via the contact box on my website.

Thanks for doing this! Any parting words for readers?
You’re welcome. And authors are nothing without their readers. So thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed the book. Your support is much appreciated.

Original Interview Source:  The Author Interviews 


 Awesome Gang Interview 

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written?

I’m a poet, writer, and the author of White Knuckle. My poems and short stories have featured in magazines and anthologies around the world. In 2018, I graduated from Teesside University with an MA in Creative Writing. I was born in England, but I now live and write out of an apartment in Barcelona.

Aside from The Black Poems (a limited edition chapbook), which you can find in selected bookshops in London, Manchester, Madrid, Warsaw, Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Paris, White Knuckle is the only book I have available at the moment.


What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is titled White Knuckle. It’s also my debut poetry collection, released last year.

It’s inspired by a severe childhood experience. An autobiographical report on the reality of life in a poverty-stricken, drug and violence-fuelled environment. It’s a gut-wrenching composition of grief, loss, and abandonment at an early age.

Overall, it features fifty-one poems and a letter to my younger self. Here’s a short sample poem from the collection:

Failing

Wandering the deserted streets at dawn
with dirty skin, no food for three days.

Feet blistered from wet, worn-out shoes,
knuckles grazed from fighting off two junkies.

Elbow stinging from a weeping knife wound,
I retire under the railway bridge.

School report card tucked inside my pocket,
it says I must try harder.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wouldn’t say I have any unusual writing habits.

If I’m in a professional mood, I’ll get up early, make coffee, and write or edit until Gosia (my wife) returns home from work.

Having said that, I’m convinced I do my best writing from midnight onwards when the world’s sleeping. I light up a cigar (Macanudo), pour a double whisky (Suntory Toki), and play some music (Max Richter or Chopin). That seems to bring the muse bounding from his cave.

What authors, or books have influenced you?

Stylistically, I would say minimalist authors such as Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway. I admire the concise structure of their writing style. And as modern attention spans continue to decline, I think authors must adapt to the times to keep the reader interested.

Bookwise, I suppose every book I’ve ever read has had some kind of influence on me.


What are you working on now?
At the moment, I’m working on a second collection of poetry. However, it’s still in the early stages, so I can’t say much about it.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Word of mouth and social media seems to work best for me. In particular, Facebook and Goodreads.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Study the craft.

Start by reading books on writing. Here are some recommendations: The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, The Art of Fiction by David Lodge, The Elements of Style by Strunk & White, and Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King.


What is the best advice you have ever heard?
For writing: “Get in, get out. Don’t linger. Go on.” — Raymond Carver.

For life: “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” — Epictetus.


What are you reading now?
I’m currently re-reading The Selected Writings of Guillaume Apollinaire. Next, I’ll be reading The Trial by Franz Kafka after enjoying the film adaptation by Orson Welles.

What’s next for you as a writer?
If all goes well, I’ll have a second poetry collection out next year. From there, who knows?

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Only four books? Thank heavens this is a hypothetical question.

Here goes, in no particular order: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Flame Tree Publishing edition with the Gustave DorĂ© illustrations), Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver, and The Collected Stories of Ernest Hemingway.

Original Interview Source:  Awesome Gang