Steven Storrie is a writer from England whose published work includes poetry collections (‘Yours Sincerely, Axl Rose’), short story collections (‘4pm In Los Angeles’) and a novella. His new book, ‘The Wreck Collection’, is available now through Alien Buddha Press and Amazon. We had an interview with him to know better his writing tricks and what he likes most about life, writing and many other things.
How long have you been writing?
My whole life. I was born with a pen in my hand and wrote little love poems for the nurses that delivered me. I still have them somewhere. I only turned up to school on the days when I got to write short stories. The rest of the time I spent in the local library, getting a real education. I began submitting work in 2014 and it’s taken off from there.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer?
I always think my greatest accomplishment is still out there. That’s why we do it, right? We’re chasing something great. I’m proud of the fact that I always believed I would be a published author and of the work I put in to achieve it. Not giving up can be the greatest accomplishment of all.
What projects of yours have been recently published?
My new short story collection, The Wreck Collection, has recently been published by Alien Budhha Press. I also had a novella published with them last year titled ‘The Northern Sunset’.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work?
I’m working on my first full length novel. It’s inspired by the events of my life over the last year and a writing style I’ve been trying to perfect for some time. It’s going to be about a guy who has volunteered to fight ISIS in Syria.
Where can we find your work?
All of my books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and various other sites, as well as the websites of the publishers, Alien Buddha Press, Pski’s Porch and Angel House Press.
How do you react to rejections?
I’m fortunate enough to have never been rejected yet, but I know that not everyone likes everything, and that when it happens it won’t be personal. If you truly believe in what you’re doing then rejection should embolden you and make you even more determined to succeed.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication?
It’s always a rewarding feeling. I’m excited to see the words I’ve been working on brought to life and I always relish the clean slate it provides, ready to start on something fresh and new.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer?
Write. If you’re truly a writer, and not just someone that likes to fancily think of themselves as such, you will unravel if you don’t write.
What is your favorite book?
It’s almost impossible to choose one. I have different ones for different periods of my life. They act like markers or signifiers of some kind. It isn’t necessarily my favourite book, but I think more books should be written in the style of JG Ballard’s ‘Atrocity Exhibition.’ It’s a staggering, almost perfect piece of writing.
Who is your favorite author?
Ernest Hemingway. There are about 100 writers tied for second place, but whenever I lose my way or need to press the reset button, I always go back to Papa.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
That’s a good question. John Rambo, because he’s Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‘Overman’ made real.
What makes you laugh?
What makes you cry?
Also my daughter
What is your preferred drink while you write?
Black coffee, Lots of it
What is your favorite food?
Enchiladas, the way my wife makes them
Shakespeare or Bukowski?
Interesting pairing. Bukowski, because I like the low side of the road, as Tom Waits would say. But I do love Hamlet and King Lear. They should teach Bukowski in schools, though. Seriously.
Personal website/blog: https://renegadepriest11.wixsite.com/blackcoffeebreakfast
Books for sale and/or press: “The Wreck Collection” – Alien Buddha Press; ‘The Northern Sunset’ – AlienBuddha Press; “Working With the Negatives” – Pski’s Porch; ‘4PM In Los Angeles’ – DevilHouse Press