DRAGON SOUL PRESS INTERVIEW - June 5, 2022

INTERVIEWER
What inspired you to start writing?

STEVEN BRUCE
The inspiration came from needing something to pull me out of a quiet life of desperation. I was between unemployment and warehouse jobs while living in a run-down apartment block.

Then one night, I recalled hearing Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart in primary school. And I thought, what if I wrote horror stories. So I got out of bed, switched my old computer on, and, in total ignorance of the craft, spent the night writing. By the time the sun came up, I had written my first horror story.

From there, I never looked back.

INTERVIEWER
When did you first consider yourself a writer?

STEVEN
At the very beginning, before I typed the first letter of the first word of the first sentence of my first story.

Before you can convince others of what you are, you have to convince yourself.

INTERVIEWER
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

STEVEN
I find perfectionism during the editing process hampers my output. From time to time, I also suffer from procrastination.

INTERVIEWER
Is writing your full-time career? Or would you like it to be?

STEVEN
Yes, I write full-time. Although, I also moonlight as an editor and proofreader.

Thankfully, I’ve learned to live a spartan lifestyle, so I don’t need large sums of money to survive. I can be content with a cup of coffee with a good book in the morning and, in the evening, my wife’s tuna pasta with a film.

I think putting an artist in a nine-to-five, dead-end job is comparable to strapping them in a straightjacket. Not to say that I’m an artist, but I’m definitely an artist type.

INTERVIEWER
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

STEVEN
Creative, diligent, and sexy.

Disclaimer: The three words above are chosen solely by my wife, who may be slightly biased.

INTERVIEWER
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

STEVEN
At the moment, I’m working on a second poetry collection titled Caffeine. It’s a collection of poems that delves into what keeps us awake at night. It’s an intimate collection which I hope reaches out into the familiar.

It will be available to buy in August of this year.

It’s also my departure from poetry. At least for now. I want to focus more on writing fiction.

INTERVIEWER
Who is your favorite author and why?

STEVEN
It’s always challenging to pick a single favourite when there are so many authors I admire.

I often return to the works of Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, Anton Chekhov, and Franz Kafka, to name a few.

However, if I had to pick one, it would be Ernest Hemingway for his brevity.

INTERVIEWER
What famous author do you wish would be your mentor?

STEVEN
For poetry, Ezra Pound.

For fiction, Gordon Lish.

INTERVIEWER
What do you like to do when you are not writing?

STEVEN
When I’m not writing, I like to visit art galleries, museums, parks, and caf├ęs. I also enjoy reading and going on long weekend walks around Barcelona with Gosia (my wife).

INTERVIEWER
Where can readers learn more about you?

STEVEN
The best place would be through my websiteGoodreads, and Amazon.

Original Interview Source:  Dragon Soul Press