Dragon Soul Press took a moment to interview Steven Bruce, an author of poetry and horror.
1. What inspired you to start writing?
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.
2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
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.
3. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
I find perfectionism during the editing process hampers my output. From time to time, I also suffer from procrastination.
4. Is writing your full-time career? Or would you like it to be?
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.
5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Creative, diligent, and sexy.
Disclaimer: The three words above are chosen solely by my wife, who may be slightly biased.
6. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
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 my departure from poetry. At least for now. I want to focus more on writing fiction.
7. Who is your favorite author and why?
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.
8. What famous author do you wish would be your mentor?
For poetry, Ezra Pound.
For fiction, Gordon Lish.
9. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, I like to visit art galleries, museums, parks, and cafés. I also enjoy reading and going on long weekend walks around Barcelona with Gosia (my wife).
10. Where can readers learn more about you?