Check out this author spotlight for Steve Heiman!
You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
After decades of dreaming about being a novelist, the Covid-19 Lockdown of 2020 became my golden opportunity to actually make it happen. A lifetime resident of the Northwest, I now live in Portland Or, and look forward to a future life in the country with a dog and several cats while writing more zany escapades.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
I prefer a little of each. But if I have to pick, then spring it is!
Tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning, herbal tea at night.
Morning or evening?
Evenings 100%. Mornings are for sleeping!
Library or museums?
Museums. Spent many years as a visual artist as well.
Witches or wizards?
Wizards rule, but witches heal, so we kinda need both. I’m not much of an either/or person. My books reflect this.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Originality of concept and writing style. I mostly tend towards sci fi and some fantasy. I love a good escapist story. But I also like to be moved, compelled, and intellectually invigorated.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write science fiction and fantasy.
I just completed the second book of a sci fi comedy series.
The first book is titled Greetings, Planet Earth, where Jack Gripper, a prank playing trash man, is selected by aliens to represent earth. The sequel is titled Help, I Lost My Planet! where Jack must travel the galaxy to fight the evil LameLame, the species he cast aside in his selection process. I am currently writing the third book Oops, Wrong Universe! and am also working on a YA fantasy novel titled The Source of All Magic.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
Book Two of the Jack Gripper series
Oops, I Lost My Planet!
Jack’s worried. The LameLame have started a war. And the Council wants him to save the galaxy.
So much for enjoying pizza and peace on Earth. The problem is it’s only been three months since Jack became a washaluki. He’s just discovering the extent of his power. Yet now he must journey across the stars and battle his blobby foe. The ones destroying planets. Yeah, no big deal.
Space slugs? Check! Sentient spaceships? Check! Slimy supervillains? Of course! This whacky space adventure spans galaxies and dimensions, but still somehow manages to trip over the cats!
Purchase Book One here
Purchase Book Two here
6 . What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
My real-life inspirations stem from the current frontiers of science and theological speculation. The global issues we face are crucial and as an artist I want to uplift and inspire but still ask the big questions, such as what are our global goals? What priorities do we have as a species? How can we work together to overcome the negative aspects of modern life? Most can agree we could do a better job of protecting our children, elderly and at-risk members of society. The most pressing issue of our times is protecting the global biosphere. But it’s not my place to preach to people, so I chose a light comedic medium to address these important topics.
My inspiration and writing style draws from diverse influences such as Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins, Asimov, Clarke, and Niven and most of the greats of sci fi. Also fantasy, from Tolkien and Le Guin and C.S. Lewis, and from classics such as Steinbeck and Hemmingway. My comedy work is inspired by Douglas Adams, Harry Harrison, Monty Python, Firesign Theatre and other comedies of that style.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I’m sure my creative process is unusual. For me, the creative process is part discovery and part my reflections of our current times and culture. I write as time and creative inclination strike in conjunction.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Start young. I waited way too long.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!