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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Author Interview – Steven O’Connor

Are you a city slicker or a country lover? Totally city. I was in the country only recently. I had to stay over this small country town called Swan Hill. Isn’t that a beautiful name? But for all the wide-open spaces, I felt hemmed in.

How do you think people perceive writers? I don’t think people think much about us one way or the other. Unless we’re a celebrity, by which I mean, a writer who has had some movies based on his or her books. Otherwise, people tend only think about the books, or nothing at all.

What’s your next project? It’s currently called Under the Garden. It’s a shorter novel and I’ve completed the first draft. I like to put a first draft away for a while and then come back to it. You see things differently when you do that. You’re not so overly committed to existing ideas. But there is also a fear that when you re-read it, you’ll discover it’s complete rubbish. So I’m living in that fear right now. My hope is some of it at least is as good as I remember!

What would you love to produce in your life? I think I am doing that. My creative writing. Reams and reams of it, if I can. But I’m a slow writer. So probably not.

What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet? I think that’s all been sorted, hasn’t it? Deep Thought, the super computer in Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy said it was 42. I’m going along with that.

How do you feel about self-publishing? I’ve done a turnabout since ebooks emerged as a viable option, allowing authors to have more control of their work. I’d still be happy to trade publish through the corporate industry sometime in the future, but I will never let go of so much control over my writing as I did before.

Do you know your neighbors? I do. And, what’s worse, they know me.

How important are friends in your life? I am finding, as I grow older, I have less and less friends and they have become more and more important.


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Genre – Young Adult / Science Fiction

Rating –PG

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