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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Author Interview – Steven Beeho

6:00 AM Posted by James Noel , No comments

Do you intend to make writing a career? I certainly hope so. It is the one thing in life I truly love doing.

How did you come up with the title? I always referred to my work before as Men, Monsters, Mutants and Machines simply because I have a fetish for alliteration and it covered (vaguely.  the four types. When the time for an actual title came about, this was no good, so I had to think of what was going on. The idea of the Shadow World not just having come to ours and changing it, but still lingering, and the fact that many of my characters are moving around in this world led to me to the title – Sojourners in Shadow.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? Probably fantasy. Not sure why, maybe because it can be more elaborate than other genres, but it always feels good to write fantasy. I love fantasy books the most, so that genre feels the most comfortable overall.

What made you want to be a writer? I just love telling stories. When I was very young I drew a lot and when I got older and could write well I moved into that; I wanted to tell what my draw figures were about.

It has always been a natural thing to me. I was very good at writing stories when at school and never felt like stopping. I never have. I can’t imagine I ever will.

I guess I haven’t wanted to be a writer, it just feels like I am one.

Have you developed a specific writing style? I’m not sure but others have said I write fast and they like my action scenes a lot. I think I write faster in short stories though as I need to cram more in.

Going by feedback, I think an action-orientated, direct and pacey style might describe mine, but I’ve never thought about it much myself.

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Sojourners in Shadow is a collection of tales set on a post-apocalyptic Earth where monsters, mutants and machines are now battling with each other and the fragmented remnants of humanity. Science and magic are now free to wield as any see fit, if they have the ability and will to master them. This leads to conflict across the globe and we follow the paths of individuals and groups as they try to survive, or better yet, to master their surroundings.

Lone warriors, seekers of power, defenders of the weak and predators of the helpless cross paths repeatedly, while leaders guide their people with wisdom or ruthless intent, or sometimes both. No single power dominates, all is chaotic and the past is a haze few know anything about. Death is common, trust is rare, loyalty is priceless. But a brutal world produces beings of rare abilities and strong spirit, of honed skills and sharp minds, whether they be champions or tyrants, humans or mutants or monsters or machines. Their adventures are only just beginning.

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Genre – Post- Apocalypse Sci-Fi

Rating – PG13

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