Hello Readers and Writers,
Today we would like to introduce you to ana author who was inspired to write Crime Fiction after a grade school meet and greet! Since then he has gone on to write numerous crime stories and was honored to have his work published for the first time in 2016. With three books under his belt, this author rebels by reminding us that the good guy doesn't always win.
Introducing Elliot Stevens!
When did you start writing as a career?
Around 2016. I had been writing since I was about twelve but never considered myself up to par with actual authors. Then along came a friend that coaxed me into submitting a piece into a local literary magazine.
What's your current work in progress?
A novella about a cat-and-mouse game between a slippery card magician and the police & federal agents he's eluded for years.
You write Crime Fiction. What led you to that genre?
When I was in grade school, we had a police meet & greet. I got a chance to play journalist to some, meet a K-9 officer & his dog, and actually sit inside one of the patrol units. That feeling has never left me, even now that I'm in my mid-30s.
How do your books rebel against the status quo in your genre?
Simply put, the good guys don't always win.
Do you have any plans to write outside of your current genre?
Definitely. I am intrigued by science fiction as well as fantasy. My first Twitter follower has authored a factbook, and I may venture into that as well.
You have three books available now. Which is your favorite?
The Reset. It was actually fun to produce since the research became so interesting. I really felt the reader would actually feel the emotion of being labeled an ex-con, despite having a friendly and heartful nature.
Your books are quick reads. Do you have any plans to publish longer works in the future?
I participated in NaNoWriMo in 2019, and although I was unable to finish the work, I believe I may release a full novel sometime in 2021.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
Anything police-related, from blogs to TV shows (i.e. Law & Order and Chicago PD).
Talk to me about the path you choose in publishing.
Currently, I am using Amazon KDP since I am just starting out. But I am looking into the typical brick-and-mortar publishing agency.
Your book Penterature is a collection of short stories. Tell us about it and how you came to putting those stories together for the collection.
Four of the five were written years ago but never finalized. I figured a collection of my first works would have been a good way to getting my writing career off the ground. Now, for the story Patimashin, that stems from a writing prompt-turned-microfiction.
Where do you see your writing career going in the future?
Having my own book signing someday. I've attended a few in the past, and each time it just felt so uplifting. That's what lit writing is all about--creating verbal art masterpieces that grab attention and get people talking.
What are you reading now?
Tight Lies by Ted Denton
What can readers expect from you in the future?
Longer and more detailed stories featuring more perspectives from both law enforcement and the lawlessness they encounter.