I’m excited to have an interview with Author Steve Demaree this week. I’ve read quite a few of books and I’m happy to share his work with you.
I don’t know if anything inspired me to be an author. It just happened. I had already written a book of short stories over a year before I felt led to put them in a book. I think this is what God wanted me to do, but while I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing, I had no aspirations of being an author before I became one. Oh, I might have thought it would be nice to be an author, but I didn’t think I could or would ever be one.
Have you always self-published? What would you say is the most challenging thing about being both the author and the publisher?
Yes. Before I published my first book I asked five published authors if I should self-publish or submit my book to a publisher. Four of the five told me to self-publish. The one who didn’t was the only self-published author of the five. He said self-published is too hard. I’m glad I didn’t listen to him. Self-publishing is much easier today when we have a world that includes e-books. Most self-published authors I know make more money from their e-books than their books in print.
I feel qualified to answer this question now, because I’m currently working on the next book in two of these three series. The Aylesford Place series is the easiest. It takes its characters through a progression of a year in each book. While I must see that each book is different from those that proceeded it, I feel I know my characters well enough to know what they will do in each new book. The Dekker Cozy Mystery series is harder. Readers have come to know and love my two main characters and look forward to what they get into next, but I have to make sure that each mystery is different than all of the ones that have preceded it and sometimes that is hard. I would have to say that the Off the Beaten Path Mystery series is the toughest, because it doesn’t have the humor and recurring characters that the Dekker series has. Humor comes easy for me, so it’s harder for me to write when a book has no humor.
It’s possible some of your readers don’t know about your non-fiction work. Can you tell us about them?
I believe my two nonfiction books are my best two books, but they are the ones that have been read the least. Yet they are ones that those who have read them rave about them the most. Reflecting Upon God’s Word is a Christian daily devotional book. While I was able to write the first draft of the first Aylesford book in only eleven days, this book took me a year and a half to write. There is a scripture verse and reflection for each day of the year, and I wrote all of them. First I read through the Bible and jotted down each scripture verse that spoke to me. Then as I felt led, I wrote a reflection to go with that scripture verse. Lexington & Me is my autobiography, and while it covers my whole life up to the time I wrote the book, most of it covers the 1950s and 1960s, and what it was like back then. Even if someone didn’t grow up in Lexington, Kentucky, they can still enjoy the book. It isn’t a Mommie Dearest kind of book. I wrote about the good things. People who are fifty-five and over and like reminiscing love the book.
What advice would you give a budding author?
Write. Every day. I think the advice I was given was the right advice. Each day go to the computer, or wherever you write, and write anything that comes into your head. And keep doing that each day until you have completed the first draft of your book. Then let it sit for two to four weeks before going back over it. The second time around you will find mistakes, things you don’t want to include anymore, and things that come into your head that didn’t when you first wrote it. Keep doing revisions until it looks right to you. Then see what others think. One thing that helps me get a running start on my writing each day is that I start each day by going over what I wrote the day before. Not everything I’ve written. Just the day before.