IndieView with Steven Storrie, author of The Northern Sunset

Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I’m not what’s important, the writing is. I always wanted to write a ‘motel’ novel, similar to something Tom Waits might write, or Charles Bukowski. All the motel scenes, the characters, and the recurring ‘two things I earned’ pieces that closed each chapter. And I wanted the pace to be right, not plod along too much but not zip by without impact, either. It’s about having the guts to be bold in life and go for what you really want, rather than hanging back shyly in the shadows and hoping things still go your way. How long did it take you to write it? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Do the work. The work will take care of the rest. About the book
What is the book about? I’m a writer, not an advertising executive. I don’t target people, I target truths. I’ve already mentioned Palahniuk and Bukowski as influences on this book. What came easily? I’ll let people guess which is which. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Do you outline? End of Interview:
Get your copy of   The Northern Sunset from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? I remember looking at the guns, then at the half-finished coffee we hadn’t yet paid for, then back to the guns, and feeling like, if nothing else, that was some sort of victory at the time. All the stuff that wasn’t to do with the two main characters and their relationship came easily. I wanted to convey images and emotions that were diamond sharp, with a brevity of language. I’ll take that. Never share coffee with your heroes. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Fast. It’s a book about transition and emotions that only flow one way. If you’re good enough and you want it badly enough, you’ll get there. It’s about living in a sleazy motel and all the crazies that you’re forced to spend time with. Believe in yourself, but assess yourself honestly. So, for this one it was a lot of high octane stuff for some parts, a lot of Tom Waits in others. And loud. The writers that have had the greatest influence on my writing overall have been Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Hunter S Thompson, Jack Kerouac, Albert Camus and Irvine Welsh. I’d recommend everyone else live in theirs, too. I already had the book sitting there, largely complete, and it just seemed to fit. I worked at it on and off while completing other projects, which is why it has ended up coming out so swiftly after my poetry collection, Yours Sincerely, Axl Rose. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? If so can you please describe it? I chose the image and the publisher took care of the rest. I was specifically approached by the publisher to see if I would be interested in writing something for them. The hardest thing was capturing the essence of the lead female character, presenting her in the way I wanted her to be seen, and accurately depicting the dynamic between her and the narrator, with all that was going on underneath. I care about being great at this more than anything else in the world. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Hemingway always stopped at a point where he knew what came next, that way when he sat down the next day he wasn’t stuck for what to write. Steven Storrie – 27 May 2018
The Back Flap
One thing I learned. Anybody who enjoys good writing, wild characters, and a little insight into the human condition. I started writing the book about a year ago. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? In Middlesbrough, a small steel town in the north of England. In fact, the book has been described as being like Chuck Palahniuk and Charles Bukowski going on holiday together. It’s about her. I was in a shabby diner with the greatest writer of his generation when two masked men burst in wielding guns. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? When I write I want it to be the real thing, not a rehearsal. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I don’t outline. If there’s anything they’re still desperate to know about me, I’m more than happy to answer. I’ll have the idea already, then I’ll just start spilling it onto the page. What would you like readers to know about you? It’s a true story, with a twist of exaggeration. It’s my reason for getting up on a morning and drawing breath. And never give up. I try to incorporate that idea too. My own world, most of the time. When did you start writing the book? But generally, it’s anything that gets that adrenaline pumping. Where did you get the idea from? If condensed into one period of time it probably took 4-6 weeks to complete, start to finish. It’s a book about heart and soul, blood and thunder, truth and consequence. In what I couldn’t help but think to be conspicuous clothing for a daytime robbery the assailants, wearing fluorescent ski masks and camouflage jackets, waved their weapons over the crowd and told everyone to BE STILL. The cover is actually a drawing by the talented artist, Marcel Herms. Do you have a target reader? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? It was a constant process of refinement. I want the writing to do the talking. I just want to put it into as many hands as possible. Ideally I’ll sit somewhere quiet with a cup of coffee (black, thank you), read over and reply to some emails to warm up, then read over what I wrote the day before to get back into the character and the style of writing I’m working on, then I’ll write for around 3-4 hours, or just until I hit the wall. I didn’t, but that is going to be the next step. When I’m editing I do it with the music off, so I can try to get a sense of whether I’ve got the right mood and pace for what I’m trying to say. Some are real, some not. I don’t think feeling sluggish and lazy is conducive to good writing. About You
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? I edit as I go, while I’m reading over the stuff from the day before. Read A LOT. I try to listen to music that reflects the story and the style I’m working on at that time. I don’t target people, I target truths. Do you listen to music while you write?