I met Steve back in Dec 2016 at a filming testimonial for Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing 101 course.
As a result of that day in London we’ve been hovering around in the same online (student) groups ever since and I’m pleased to introduce this up and coming self-publishing author as my first guest this year…
When he’s not globe trotting Steve lives in Mexico with his travel writer wife, Leslie.
- When and where did your love for travel begin?
- I was barely 20-years-old when I went on my very first backpacking trip to Bali and onto Australia. That was in 1994, and Bali in those days really was an idyllic island paradise, especially for a kid from Lowestoft. The sights, the sounds, and the smells, not to mention the amazing food and friendly locals, really made me realise what an amazing place the world can be, and that two weeks in Bali changed my life. Australia was brilliant too, and it was the first time I’d actually lived and worked abroad. Sydney is still one of my favourite cities.
- .What inspired you to take up writing and what motivates you to keep going?
- During one university summer I worked at Clay Printers in Suffolk, and all the millions of different books coming through definitely stirred something inside me. And I often would write down random thoughts and personal essays in those days. But it was when I met my then girlfriend Leslie, who was already a writer, that I considered writing. On our first date I told her I was a writer too, but when she said, ‘Oh yeah, what have you written?’ and I answered, ‘Well, nothing really,’ she challenged me to write a novel. So I did. We’re now married, and I’ve published 4 novels and a short story!
- Of your Indie author career so far, what aspect(s) do you enjoy the most, and why?
- I truly love writing the first draft of a new novel, with no holds barred and letting my imagination run riot. I think my method will improve over time, but it’s in those first fifty pages of a draft where I find the most freedom; no editing, no second guessing, and no pressure. Second best thing? Selling books.
- What challenges you the most as an Indie?
- Finding the time to do everything I need to keep up. The old cliché says that writing a book is the easy part. Well, not exactly, but I find all the marketing and promotional stuff definitely more of a challenge, and of course I still have to make money while trying to build my indie career.
- Who are your role models in the writing world and why?
- I admire many people in the wonderful world of writing, but for different reasons. I greatly admire my old school mate Mark Dawson. His books are good, but it’s how he’s carved out such an amazing career that inspires me more. He’s really paving the way for the rest of us, and is a great role model. In terms of actual writing, I’m a big fan of Dan Brown’s books, however un-literary they are, and anything by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is brilliant. Favourite ever book? Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts. Phenomenal.
- With the knowledge and experience you’ve gained so far, what advice would you give to aspiring Indie authors wanting to make a living from their writing?
- Ha, good question. I think the zeitgeist of the moment is to be prolific, but it’s not suitable for everyone. However, assume you know nothing and learn from everything. Hard work and graft should be automatic, and perfection is unattainable so don’t seek it. Be brave, be focused, and have fun. If in doubt, ask. There, easy.
- How does your writing process fit in with your nomadic lifestyle?!
- I am very lucky to have a generous wife who supports me as I follow my dreams while following her around the world on amazing assignments. What I mean is, for a long time the pressure has been off me in terms of earning money, allowing me to travel with her and make the most of it while writing my books. I am very grateful for that freedom, and I know how lucky I am.
- What feeds your creative juices and how does that express itself in your fiction?
- I have always loved to travel, currently on 57 countries, and combined with my awe of the myriad different cultures and landscapes around the world, and my university studies in archaeology, anthropology and art history, I will never be short of ideas and settings for my fiction.
- Any plans for non-fiction in the future?
- Actually, yes. I got started with my first book using the NaNoWriMo method (National Novel Writing Month), basically writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It was a great experience, and I might write a non-fiction book on how best to be a NaNoWriMo winner.
I would also love to complete my memoir one day. I have 100,000 words of notes stored on my hard drive. But that can’t wait until I find my success, mentioned below.
- What do you do to switch off from work and how do you manage the work/life balance?
- I’m still finding it difficult to manage the two, in the last year I have also started a small business editing other people’s work, and it’s keeping me so busy. Switching off is tough, but I do find it easier when lying on a beach in Bali or the Maldives. Oh, and lots of beer and wine.
- What personal qualities do you think an Indie author needs to have and why?
- I think determination and a strong work ethic are paramount to indie authors, as well as plenty of ability. You might be able to get away with the first if you’re a naturally exceptional writer, but most of us aren’t. Then you have to rely on backing up whatever talent you do have with serious hard work and an ability to learn from others and from your own mistakes.
- What is your idea of success?
- The day I published my first novel was one of the proudest moments of my life, and I felt successful that very day. However, now I’m taking it more seriously I would have to say that when I can make a steady £2000 per month from my fiction I would say that for me that would signify success. I am a lot more ambitious than that, however, and I hope to making a lot more money in due course. But I know it will be a long, uphill struggle, and as long as I put in the effort I think I can make it. But that’s just me.
Some great answers… thanks very much Steve and all the best for that successful career you’re working hard at to achieve!
For more info here’s a link to Steve’s Amazon author page:
Steven Moore, Author: http://amzn.to/2BfzhGX
And a link to his FREE reader magnet:
The Tiger Temple: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/he2emc8y6o
And Steve’s website:
Steven Moore, Author: http://www.stevenmooreauthor.com