I am speaking with Steven Douglas Womack.
Steven! Welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews! Thank
you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us.
The readers would love to hear something about Steven.
don’t we begin with you telling us something about yourself
and your book, Cyclopean Rescue and your upcoming scheduled release
Cyclopean Revenge? First, thanks for having me. I always
enjoy doing interviews. My goal with CYCLOPEAN RESCUE was to surround
a serious idea or two with an exciting and fun story with interesting
characters in real-life situations. Even though I’m writing
in the science-fiction genre, I was always writing CYCLOPEAN RESCUE
like the traditional thrillers with lots of cliffhangers and peril.
I think readers find this fun, and enjoy imagining themselves in
the same situations my characters sometimes stumble and other times
soar into throughout the story
Did you have fun writing these books? Absolutely!
What would be the point otherwise? But it has been a lot of hard
work too, and as the writer I went through the myriad of human emotions
and conditions my characters experienced, which had a lot of impact
on me. I’m still at the “early” stages of the
sequel, CYCLOPEAN REVENGE, and I feel the pressure to repeat the
success of the first book. But my characters urge me on.
motivated you to do Cyclopean Rescue and Cyclopean Revenge?
I have written since I was a little boy, and writing has always
come “naturally,” if not easily, to me. I have always
been fascinated by the concepts of revenge and redemption, and the
complexities of father-son relationships that are never examined
enough in contemporary literature. That was my “ideas”
within what I believe is an exciting, science fiction thriller the
reader would have fun with and enjoy contemplating my ideas.
is your favorite genre to write when you are composing?
I love science fiction and working with comedy too. I have the proverbial
“dry English” sense of humor, and I love the comedy
of Monty Python and the humor in the Beatles’ classic films
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT and HELP! But as a high school and college
student I loved to write short stories. I was extremely impressed
with O. Henry. Writing short stories forces you to chose your words
precisely, which in turn expands the vocabulary and helps you paint
a picture and drive a story home without being too verbose.
Did you always wish to be a writer? Since I can’t
remember a time I did NOT write, I suppose so. But perhaps it has
always been a part of me, and not the “all” that a writing
career implies. I’ve always thought of my storytelling in
the tradition of the medieval traveling troubadour and not the modern
image of the torching soul sacrificing all to create the great American
novel to reveal the very fabric of our society. Besides, I think
the ancient Greeks have already told every human story…we
just change the names and settings from time to time to give it
a “contemporary” feel.
Do you have a hectic schedule that prohibits you from writing
more than you would like? Alas, the answer to that is yes.
I have the proverbial “day” job to feed the family,
and that can get rather hectic. I teach a college history class
once a week too, which takes more time away from the laptop keys
I don’t get to pound often enough. But I’m always “writing”
in my head, and some of that effort actually makes it to the printed
What would your readers be surprised to know about you?
Besides family and faith, I still have three great passions
from my childhood, The Beatles, the original Star Trek series, and
Coca-Cola. All three sneak into the 23rd century world of CYCLOPEAN
RESCUE, and that made it extra fun for me. I also have a great admiration
of George Washington, who was an actual, living, vital person once
and not just a place on the map that gets stranger and stranger
with each passing year. I’d love to write a screenplay of
Washington’s incredible adventures during the French and Indian
War, but Hollywood, I suspect, just wouldn’t “get”
Do you get many interruptions during your writing process?
And if so, how do you stay focused so not to lose your train of
thought in your writing? I can’t handle interruptions
very well, so I tend to write at night. I often have something by
Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, or Starr playing through the headphones
as I write, or spiritual music that helps rejuvenate my soul.
Who is your favorite author? I love the early Greeks and Greek Mythology
and the Arabian authors of the THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS period. The
recent biographies of David McCullough are incredible reads by an
amazing author. But once I read the FOUNDATION series in college,
I was completely hooked on Isaac Asimov. He was certainly a Renaissance
man in the truest sense, and I wish we still had his pen working
for us all.
What plans for writing do you have for the future? I’m
still working on the second book in the CYCLOPEAN trilogy (but don’t
tell my publisher or my editor). I’m also re-working a screenplay
into a novel that I co-wrote with my brother Tom, TO CATCH THE WIND.
It’s a thriller about a special Ford Mustang, several shady
characters, and an estranged father and son forced to become heroes.
do you like most about your writing? Finishing! I’m
not a quick writer, and I do a lot of rewriting. I spent ten years
and twelve rewrites on CYCLOPEAN RESCUE before I was happy with
the effort. But I won’t spend that much time on the two sequels…the
characters are demanding I finish their story soon!
advice would you have for those just starting out writing?
Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, edit, edit, edit! Keep it interesting,
and remember the reader is giving you their valuable time when they
pick up your book, so make it worth their while.
you get along well with your publisher and editors? I believe
I get along with everyone, or, if not, I avoid him or her. Life
is too short…
you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share? The
above mentioned, and my wife has asked for some topic-specific short
stories I’m tinkering with. I have a short story coming out
in an anthology with other Whiskey Creek Press authors in late 2006.
I’m a little proud of it, an effort to please O. Henry, a
story called THE LEGACY.
Do you start from scratch when writing or do you have an
outline already started before you start your stories?
I write nothing on paper, but start out with a strong road map in
my head. But after a few pages my characters decide when and which
way to turn.
you ever written a screenplay or considered writing one? Yes,
I’ve worked on three or four with my brother Tom, who is incredibly
creative. At one point we had a comedy we wrote about two brothers
nearly produced by independent film investors, but the deal fell
through, in great Hollywood tradition, at the last minute. Tom has
been in declining health the past few years, so he doesn’t
get the chance to write very often.
you ever suffered from Writers block? And if so, how do you deal
with it when it happens? I’ve never had trouble writing
SOMETHING, but writing something good can be a struggle. I’ve
edited a week’s worth of writing effort down to a single sentence,
which is why I guess CYCLOPEAN RESCUE went through a dozen rewrites
over ten years (I think it started out as a Broadway musical set
in the 1930’s).
your readers still visit this website to hear more about you and
Maybe not “too much” more…writers need a touch
of mystery about them, or else everyone would try it (oh, that’s
right, everyone DOES try it…).
Do you have a link where anyone can buy your books that
you would like to share with us? Just visit my publisher
for my science fiction thriller CYCLOPEAN RESCUE, and find lots
of other great books by some incredible writers. Thanks for the
interview. It was indeed fun!
you so much for stopping by Steven and allowing
the readers to know a little more about Steven Douglas Womack.
Anyone interested in reading more about Steven and his books, please
visit his website or his publishers website to read more about his
exciting works. It has been a pleasure having you with us here today,
Steven, and I wish you the best in your writing career. Stop by
and order a copy of Steven’s book today. http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/chapters/CyclopeanRescue_StevenDouglasWomack.shtml