I have been writing stories since the start of the millennium, and am currently a member of a local writing group in Lancashire, England. I enjoy writing anything from short stories through to full-length novels, and although I prefer the 'twist-in-the-tail' crime type of story, I have also written some fantasy novels and some sport-based factual books. Two of my novels have been published by Carina (part of the Harlequin group) and I have self-published around a dozen other novels and novellas.
Steve Wilson in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?2000 Preston
What do you love about Short Stories?You can quickly produce a piece with a beginning, middle and end. It brings a different level of satisfaction to writing a longer work.
Do you write in other forms?Novels, novellas, some poetry
What distracts you from writing?Family takes precedence
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Football, sport, city break travel
What is your favourite book?Lord of the Rings
Who are your favourite writers?Isaac Asimov, Terry Brooks and Terry Goodkind
Where is your dream location?Anywhere
What one item would you put into Room 101?Politicians
Do you have any advice for new writers?Write because you enjoy telling stories rather than for commercial reasons. If you love what you do, that will come through in your writing and that will make your work saleable.
Work by Steve Wilson:
Countdown and Other Horror Stories
A date from hell; a camping trip with freshly-caught meat on the menu; a Spanish lesson concerning the futility of life; an alcohol-fuelled dream or was it reality?; a secret assignation at a graveyard; the nosy neighbour who found more than he expected; the hair of the dog that wasn't a cure; the effects of the moon on a near-empty beach; exploring an alien landscape - a new collection of nine stories with a theme of horror running through them.
Inglorious Sunset and Other Stories
A collection of a dozen stories with a romantic theme - although all is not always as it might first seem. The subject matter covers wedding anniversary surprises, prom night, an anticipated proposal, double-crossing and backstabbing, love overcoming time and mortality, mistaken identity, someone who is not as sweet as appears at first glance and a harsh payback for an innocent misdemeanour of youth.
What If and Other Stories
Ten stories rooted in the world of science fiction - What if Hitler had died of a childhood ailment? Can you really change your destiny? The horrors of more than half a century earlier revisited; childhood games across time and space; the girl who wasn't there; an affair that wasn't what it appeared to be; a cinema visit with a difference; strange beasts on an alien world; a cyclical life; the man in the moon bides his time.
Sealed With a Kiss and Other Crime Stories
‘Sealed With a Kiss’ is a collection of ten crime-based short stories covering topics including a social media reunion that doesn’t end as expected; a chance meeting in a bar with tragic consequences; wife-swapping with a difference; a teapot that delivers a cocktail of death; the heightened senses of a young sergeant sniff out the criminal; somebody at the library has something other than reading on their mind; a volcanic eruption scuppers best-laid plans; a gamble to replace misappropriated funds that doesn’t pay off; an old lady who mistakes people and doesn’t appear to know what she’s doing; and a flash of light for an over-bearing partner.
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