Steven Stam

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1. What made you want to become a writer?

Reading and wanting to express myself. I originally was trying to think of something witty and funny to say here, but I love stories. I love reading them and creating them. It is strange too, I can write a great story, but I cannot tell a great story. Whatever the problem–social cues, the bar test, I fail in oral creation.

2. What is your genre or writing style and has it changed over time?

I tend primarily towards flash fiction. I can capture a scene and moment, carry a story through it, but struggle to hold said thought for a longer space. In terms of direct genre, I tend towards the dark side. I am not trying to be edgy and make people uncomfortable in doing so, but I am trying to rile folks up a bit as I dig into the honesty of human emotion. In essence, I aim to write about the thoughts and ideas that people have but do not want to talk about.

3. What has helped you the most in the writing pursuit?

Diligence. Trying as hard as I can to stick with it, and seeing some success.

4. How would you describe your writing practice?

Chaotic. I edit way too much, often rereading an entire unfinished piece before writing anything new. I have to shove a word around here or there. Then I plug on.

I will write while I run, reciting passages over and over in my head and jotting them down once I come home.

5. What are you writing now?

I’m currently working on an a collection of short stories about Florida, an oddity on to its own, called Move to Florida, They Said. I am trying to go with the interconnected web of stories here as I mock suburban life within a gated subdivision of urban sprawl.

I am also in the middle of a piece that blends history and mythology with a magical realism take. Not sure on the final length of this piece, but I am about seventy pages in, but I am pausing to do more research on Mesoamerican mythos, something that has proven to be more fractured and time consuming that I originally thought.

6. Where can someone find out more about your work?

I do not have a central processing website, I dabble in too many projects to have such a location. I have an interview in The Suburban Review that accompanied my publication, “Visages of A Queen.” My work can also be found in Fiction Southeast, The Kudzu House Quarterly, and The Rappahannock Review, among others. I have also been reviewing books for The Tishman Review Craft Talk section as of late.