C. Martin Stepp is a new author and is currently working on a series of humorous detective novels. The books feature private investigator Hitchcock Brown. “Walking Backwards” and “Two Thursdays” are currently published. A third novel “Deadbolt” is in the works and should be published soon.
What inspires you to write?
I have always been an avid reader and I enjoy good writing. I aspire to write as well as some of my favorite authors and inspire future fans of literature.
Tell us about your writing process.
For my current series, I use the “seat of the pants” method to compose the original draft. The Hitchcock Brown series is true fiction and has very little basis in fact. I do some research on the fly as needed. I also create a timeline as I go along so I can keep track of where I am between working sessions.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The Hitchcock Brown series is written in first person. I write as if the main character is telling his story to me, so I suppose I am listening to him. It is almost as if I am a ghost writer helping him relate his story to the reader.
What advice would you give other writers?
Edit your work if you can. Hire an editor if you can’t. Don’t publish an otherwise well- written story with spelling or grammatical errors.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I enjoy writing and creating. I like to devote my time and energy toward that end. I don’t have the time or the patience to woo publishers. I decided that self- publishing was my best solution. Other authors may find success with other methods.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Is this a trick question? I suppose my best answer can be characterized by the immortal words of Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future: “Once this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re gonna see some serious shit.”
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Crime, Mystery, Humor, Detective, Literature, Science Fiction, Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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