I write for many different reasons, but the most important reason is that I can prove to my children that dreams do come true (though we never really get what we wish for; we get what we work for). It’s an amazing thing to be able to pour your heart and soul into something that touches the hearts and souls of others. No matter how many years pass, I still find lots of challenged in completing a full-length work.
As the years have unfolded, I’ve enjoyed working with aspiring writers, as well. This is a tough industry and the rejection rate can be disheartening for some. My advice to new writers is always the same:
- Be true to yourself, always.
- Write constantly.
- Keep the faith!!!
- And NEVER, EVER, EVER quit. Most people in this industry would agree that more than talent or skill or even luck, perseverance is the one trait that will always get the job done.
- Knock on every door you can, and keep knocking. I promise that eventually someone will open and the warmth you feel on your face will more than validate every hour spent alone in the darkness.
A few personal facts:
Ebook or hard copy? Hard copy
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Mint chocolate chip
Favorite Author? Harper Lee
Latest book you read? Chestnut Sunrise by Buck Young (in MS form, though it’s destined for greatness)
Dream vacation? Anywhere tropical with my wife
Most inspiring Quote? “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
Favorite Comfort Food? Pasta, covered in any type of seafood
Steve Manchester is The Story Plant’s Author of the Month. This means we are offering sensational deals on all of his works. Steve’s latest book, The Rockin’ Chair, was published on June 18. You can learn more at our website.