Hello readers! Join us today for a chat with author Lee Stephen. Today we chat about childhood books, obstacle courses, dream SFF college courses and much more! You can check out the giveaway at the end of the post. Also, a big thanks to iRead Book Tours for asking me to join in. You can check out the tour schedule over HERE.
What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?
My worst job by far was as a mall survey guy. I got hired as one at the Esplanade Mall in Kenner while I was on summer break from college. There’s no way to compare it to writing, let alone anything dignifying. Your job was basically to aggravate people into answering questions. It’s a job that I think has gone extinct, and the world is better for it.
In this age of publishing, self-promotion is really necessary for the author. What do you enjoy most about advertising yourself and your works? What do you find most challenging?
Self-promotion actually isn’t my favorite part of writing, so I kind of consider it a necessary evil. I rather let my writing speak for itself. I think if you write something that’s entertaining enough, people will come to it on their own.
If you were asked to create the syllabus for a college class in SFF literature, what books would be on there as required reading? As passing discussion?
I really think 1984 would be on the required reading list, just because it hit on so many notes that are reflective of society today. I’d probably also include some of Crichton‘s work, as he was a huge influence on the genre. You can’t forget Bradbury, either. Any one of those authors could lead off an entire course.
Care to share an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your work…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?
Without a doubt, it would have to be when a fan showed up at my place of work to ask me some questions! I work for Homeland Security, too, so that took some brazenness. That happened pretty early on in my writing career, too, which is odd. Thankfully that was only a one-time occurrence. Fans, don’t stalk your authors!
What is a recurring or the most memorable geeky argument or debate you have taken part in?
My college roommate, Joel, used to argue with me incessantly. We argued for like an hour on whether the phrase, “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too” was a truth.
What is the first book you remember reading on your own?
If you discount child books like, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, then it’d be The Curse of Blood Swamp, by Cindy Savage! And yes, I had to look it up to remember. I think I got that in elementary school from a book fair, or something. I don’t even remember the story today, but I do remember reading it over and over when I was a kid. Man, you got me wanting to go hunt that thing down now and see what all the hubbub was about back then! I obviously loved it enough to read it about a dozen times.
You have to run an obstacle course. Who (fictional or real) do you invite along? Will there be a tasty libation involved?
I think I’d own an obstacle course! I’ve always wanted to run one. I might need to dust off my old P90X DVDs, though, to get back in “playing” shape. If I had to pick one character, limiting it to Epic just because, why not, I’d probably have to take Scott, my lead character. He was a college athlete, so he can pick up any slack I leave for him.
Finally, what upcoming events and works would you like to share with the readers?
The biggest event happening in my life, right this very minute, is celebrating our second son, Lawson, into the world! He’ll have just been born by the time people start reading this, so rest assured, I’m sleep deprived at this very moment. Daddy loves you, new little buddy.
Book Description for Dawn of Destiny Audiobook
The Dawn of Destiny audiobook project is a full adaptation of the first book in the Epic series. It’s not your typical “audiobook,” even though technically that’s what it is. When people hear “audiobook,” there’s a certain type of thing that usually comes to mind. Most likely it’s the thought of someone reading a book to them, occasionally with music playing in the background. This isn’t that.
What you’re going to hear in this project, is more of an audio “experience,” the audio equivalent of a summer blockbuster movie. Over thirty voice actors played a role in this. This is ear-splitting sound effects, bombastic music, and characters shouting back and forth in the middle of a war zone. This is unlike anything you’ve ever heard.
Book Description for Outlaw Trigger
They say every man has a breaking point-every man can be pushed off the edge. Scott Remington entered EDEN with the heart of a lion. He forged glory in the furnace of war. But on the heels of dawn, darkness awaits. Only when stretched to the limit will a man truly learn who he is. That limit is about to be breached. Lines will be crossed. Sides will be chosen. And faith will be put to the test. Will the righteous prevail?
Born and raised in Cajun country, Lee Stephen spent his childhood paddling pirogues through the marshes of South Louisiana. When he wasn’t catching bullfrogs or playing with alligators in the bathtub (both true), he was escaping to the world of the imagination, creating worlds in his mind filled with strange creatures and epic journeys. This hasn’t stopped.
Now a resident of Luling, Louisiana, Lee spends time every day delving into the world of Epic, the science-fiction series that has come to define him as a writer and producer. Alongside his wife, Lindsey, their sons, Levi and Lawson, and their dog, Jake, Lee has made it a mission to create a series that is unique in its genre—one unafraid to address the human condition while staying grounded in elements of faith.
Places to Find Lee Stephen
Win one of 3 sets of books in the Epic series, Dawn of Destiny and Outlaw Trigger (Open to USA & Canada) Ends July 4.