Good Morning and Happy Sunday! I am happy to introduce sci-fi and fantasy author, Andrew Stephens! He is currently working on a book series and loves to write poetry, as well. Andrew’s views will inspire the author in all of us. If you are looking for more about him or his books, then follow him at Instagram.
Are you an indie author or a traditionally published author?
As of right now, I am an Indie author, but I am hoping that soon I will be able to become traditionally published.
Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far.
Well, I grew up an athlete, and even though I was always fond of creative writing, it wasn’t seen as the cool thing to do. As I grew older, however, I began to realize that I could be both creative and a jock. So, for the past two years, I have been working on merging both sides of me and understanding that recognition of one, is in no way a diminishment of the other.
Do you write under a pseudonym? If so explain why.
I do! My pseudonym is Andrew Stephens; my real name is Andrew Burnell. After talking with my Book manager, we both agreed that especially if we want to break into the Market, Andrew Stephens sounds more “Authory.” Sounds funny, I know, but I want people to connect with my stories, and Andrew Stephens just sounds like a guy who writes and writes well.
What genre do you write and why?
Sci-Fi/Fantasy, the ability to create whole worlds, languages, people, customs all from your imagination is amazing to me. I long to become a writer who is known for their ability to create. To me, it’s the closest thing we humans are going to get to magic.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on my first series, the Eternal Fragments novels. When it is completed, it will be a 5-book series. I am nearing the end of the first book now, I am so excited!
What inspired you to write your books?
My Fiancée, she loves my poetry and has always pushed me to take up writing as a career and less of a hobby, she is my inspiration.
What are your top 5 favorite books?
I can do better with series than books but Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman, The Super Powered Series by Drew Hayes, The Time Quartet by Madeleine L’Engle, American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Mercy Thompson Novels by Patricia Briggs
What does literary success look like to you?
I want to be able to have a good life all from my writing. Success to me looks like being able to live well, able to afford the things that I want and being recognized nationally and internationally for my writing. I want my wife and kids to be able to have a comfortable life all from my ability to put pen to paper.
How many hours a day do you write? What is your writing routine?
I write as much as I can, and when I feel uninspired, I read to renew myself. My writing takes anywhere between 1-3 hours a day. I am a personal trainer so I have to make time for my clients as well as my novels
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it be and why?
Hmm, Probably the Percy Jackson Series. I love myths and fantasies and stories about Demi-Gods and Heroes, and that was the perfect blend. Either that or the American Gods Novel. I always wanted there to be a continuation of it, as it could have easily branched off into 4 or 5 more books.
What advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?
Keep reading, keep writing, and believe it or not there are people who not only want to read your work, they need too. Sometimes the words that you are dying to speak are written by someone else.