Part II: Leon Stevens, Reader, Interviews Leon Stevens, Author
(Author’s note: Before reading Part II, I suggest that you read Part I here:
I have done a few interviews on some book blogs this year and have always enjoyed it. But then I thought, what would I say in an interview as a reader? Solution? Interview myself! So I did. As you can see, this is Part II, where I interview myself as an author this time.
Today we have the pleasure [eyeroll] of sitting down with Leon Stevens, the author. How have you been?
- Considering all that has been happening, I have been OK. You?
You know the same as I do. We share a place, remember?
- Just being polite, you know.
Moving on. You have some exciting news to tell.
- I had some news. Like a month ago.
Would you like to share it?
- That’s why we are here, isn’t it?
Yes, indeed. Let me spill the proverbial beans then-
- I’m not going to clean those up.
Do you want me to say it or not?
- Go ahead.
You published your second book this year, a science fiction book, I believe?
- That is correct. It’s called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
Interesting title. How did you come up with that?
- It’s the first story in the book, and the rest tells you what is in it.
But what does it mean?
- You will have to read and find out.
I did. You know that.
- Then why are you asking?
I thought that other readers would like to know.
- Well, it’s all about how choices that life gives us are not always good things, I guess. It is the shortest story in the book.
You like writing short stories, don’t you?
- My stories always seem to come to a natural conclusion sooner rather than later. Say what you want about short attention spans…
Do you have a favori — Wait! Where are you going?
[from another room] — I thought we were done.
No. We are not.
- Want some coffee?
Sure. Are you using the press?
- Is there any other way?
[elapsed time: 15 minutes]
- Here you go.
Thank you. Shall we continue?
- Fire away.
Mmm, good coffee.
- Thank you. It’s one of my favorite things.
Before the break, I was asking if you have a favorite story?
- That’s tough. Each story has its charm in how it came about and what ideas I was trying to convey. But if I had to choose —
- As I was saying, if I had to choose, it would be Reasonable Hand-drawn Facsimile.
- Probably because it has elements of humor. It made me laugh when I thought about it. My editor said that she laughed out loud when she read it. Now, that’s the sign of good humor writing.
Do you consider yourself a humor writer?
- Quite a bit of my writing has elements of humor, so yes. I like to make people laugh.
There are quite a few post-apocalyptic stories in the book as well, along with poetry. Poetry? What’s up with that?
- I don’t know which came first, the stories or the poems, but I recall coming up with the idea that sometime in the future, writings from after an apocalyptic event would be found. So naturally, I named the series Found.
That sounds like the premise of the book, A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller Jr.
- That’s not far off. I didn’t mean it to be, but as I was coming up with the poems, it was a book that came to mind. It is the first post-apocalyptic book that I remember reading.
You write many different styles. Do you think that will limit your appeal by segmenting your readership?
- Well, I do now. Thanks a lot.
I’m not saying it’s a bad thing.
- Limiting my appeal? Or writing different styles?
I thought I was asking the questions here…
- Can’t we have a spirited discourse once and a while?
How long have you been waiting to throw in that word?
- Quite some time. Impressed?
Very. OK. Back to my point. I’m just worried that your poetry readers won’t like your science fiction stories and vice versa.
- I’ve thought about that. But if I am inspired to write something, I don’t want to limit myself. I still write poetry. It took me four years to publish my first book of poetry — I’m not going to be able to put out another right away. I hope my readership will embrace my eclectic writing. It is about entertaining and keeping readers engaged.
And how do you do that?
- I began to write a blog, which became more of a satirical/humorous take on life. Then when I started my newsletter to keep my readers updated on my writing journey —
Writing journey. I like that.
- Thank you. Anyhoo, I try to keep my weekly newsletters informative and entertaining. I hope that people read and appreciate them.
Ever thought of doing a podcast?
- I wouldn’t know where to start. Do you?
Not a clue. Last question: Who are The Miniscules I keep hearing about?
- You’ve heard about them from other people?
Not really. I just thought that we should mention them.
They are dear to your heart, are they not?
- No. Not really. I’d miss them if they went away, though.
But they’re not going anywhere, right?
- Nope. They still have lots to say.
Well, thank you for taking to time to answer some questions. Any final thoughts?
- You’re going to clean up those beans, right?
Yes. Not to worry…
- Don’t forget to take out the garbage when you go.
I’m not going anywhere. I live here.
- Oh, right. Another cup of coffee?
Learn more about Leon Stevens @www.linesbyleon.com