Leon Stevens Interviews Leon Stevens
Hello. I’m Leon Stevens, and I’m sitting here with author Leon Stevens who has written two books, Lines by Leon-Poems, Prose and Pictures, and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
Well, here we are again.
It seems that way.
You wrote down a list of questions for the guest post on thestoryreadingapeblog.com. Where did you come across that site?
Through my WordPress blog. I was reading a re-post of a book marketing article.
How is your blog coming along?
Better than I thought. I’ve been writing something almost daily.
Nice. Shall we get to the questions?
Now bear in mind I do know all these answers, so try to forget who I am.
I wish I could.
I’ll let that pass. Question 1: Have you always been a writer?
Not until I learned how to hold a pencil-if that’s what you mean.
It’s not…I meant writing in order to get published.
Ahh, no. I don’t recall wanting to write until I needed to. I began to write songs and song lyrics to get my thoughts and emotions onto paper, which evolved into poetry.
Do you consider yourself a poet?
I suppose. Poetry is one aspect of my writing, but if you write poetry, then you are a poet. Some people might think that if you are a “real” poet, then that’s all you do-describe the world through verse.
Do you read a lot of poetry?
Not really. I don’t think it’s a prerequisite to writing meaningful works. Maybe it’s a way to be unique.
Do you think you are unique?
I think we all are-except for you and me.
Shouldn’t that be: You and I?
Who knows?. Or is it Whom knows? No. It’s who knows.
Don’t we all love grammar?
Oh boy, do we ever!
Actually, it’s question #7. Go back and read the transcript.
Next question then, what do you write about then?
I write poems about emotions, struggles, ego, environment, travel, and everyday experiences. Some poems have a humorous edge to them.
Something humorous from your book.
Umm. I wrote this one about a sock:
Is there anything lonelier than discarded clothing?
A sign of disappointment, of rejection, of loathing
Threadbare and stained, no fight left within
Wondering what events caused this great sin
Did you wear out your welcome, what did you do?
Was it a weakness of cotton
That allowed the big toe to come through?
Was it your owner’s odd gait that wore through the heel?
Taking the blame, how did that feel?
Was your partner discarded or saved for another
Pair that shares the same fate and just the right color?
Are all your poems light-hearted?
No. There are many that are much deeper emotionally, but it is nice to be able to take a break and laugh.
Your latest book is a science fiction book. Why the change in genre?
Science fiction has always been my favorite, and I had all these ideas kicking around.
Why short stories?
Care to elaborate?
Some of my earliest memories of reading was short science fiction, either reading it or listening to my father making up stories at bedtime.
He made up stories for you?
I thought he did. I would come across stories as I was reading years later that I could have sworn I had read before, but then I realized that he had told those ones to me.
So he passed them off as his own?
Well, he didn’t say they were not, and I never asked, so no plagiarism there.
Any other reason for writing short stories?
When I have an idea and start to write, my stories seem to come to a natural conclusion sooner rather than later. There is a challenge to writing short, though. Developing characters to the minimum, letting the reader fill in the details of the setting, and I think successful short stories either end with a twist or leave the reader thinking.
Your shortest story?
The title story The Knot at the End of the Rope is 175 words. I have some stories in my poetry book, the shortest one there is 41, but it’s more of a caption to a picture than a story.
So, if you don’t have time to read a novel…
Any other projects on the go?
I do have a book of classical guitar compositions, and I am currently working on a continuation of one of my short stories. It’s up to 12000 words so far.
So, not a short story then.
It will probably finish up being a novella, but you never know.
Naw. This has been fun as usual. Thank you for sparing the time to sit down and talk to me.
You knew I wasn’t doing anything anyway.
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