Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Writing Wednesday: Inside the Mind of Stephen B.King

Happy Halloween to all - instead of the usual cup of coffee photo, I've got a cup of hard cider lined up, as well as a chat with Wild Rose Press author Stephen B. King. Note the important middle initial, which differentiates him from that other Horror writer with a similar name...

This Stephen had the first book of his new trilogy released earlier this month: GLIMPSE: MEMOIR OF A SERIAL KILLER.

Yup, perfect fodder for Halloween! Welcome Stephen!

Thanks very much to Katie for inviting me onto her blog; I’m very happy to be here. I asked her was there anything she particularly wanted me to talk about, and she said no, whatever I like. Hmmmm, asking me to talk about anything I’d like is like asking a fat kid to watch the candy shop – dangerous. I never like to say the same stuff every time I’m invited, so I sat down and had a think about what to talk about. I came up with this, which I call:

“So, what’s it all about?”

Has there ever been a question designed to strike such fear into an author? I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful when you’re asked when cornered at a party and you’ve gone to get your wife a drink because she is parched, or dining in a restaurant and you just know that as soon as you start explaining, your main meal is going to arrive.

We authors love adulation, and desperately want people to read our books, or better yet buy them and then read them – and dream upon dream post a wonderful review. But, it all starts with: “so, what’s your latest book about?” They look expectantly, waiting for a killer sentence or two that grips them and makes them want to go out and find a late-night book store so they can buy it and get a few pages in before midnight.

No matter how many times I’ve been asked, and it's lots, over the seven books I’ve had published, I think I’d rather run away and poke myself repeatedly with a sharp stick than sum up a hundred thousand work saga, in two sentences. I’ve found two sentences is just about right, by the way, any longer and I’ve noticed people tend to start yawning, and their eyes glaze over, and you just know they are regretting asking. It always reminds me of meeting a friend and asking how they are – and they spend fifteen minutes telling you about the upset tummy they had, the sprained ankle, their eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be……… you get the idea. But, they had to ask that particular question; they just met an author, and let’s be honest what else do you ask when that happens?

I’ve just come back from a short holiday to Adelaide (I live in Perth, Australia, about 3,000 miles away for my American friends) It was just five wonderful days visiting my daughters and granddaughter. While out and about we dropped in to see a dear friend who I hadn’t seen for years, and it was fantastic to catch up with her. We could only stay for half an hour as we were on our way to somewhere else, and about fifteen minutes in the conversation went something like this:

“So, Steve, I hear you are an author now, how many books have you published?”

“Yes Heather, I came to it late in life, but it’s given me so many more life experiences to write about. I’ve got seven published, with a further two contracted, one of which is in editing now.”

“How wonderful,” she finished the wine in her glass and stood up to get a refill, “what’s the latest one called?”

“Glimpse, Memoir of a Serial Killer.”

“Ohhh, sounds intriguing. So, what’s it about?”

I groaned, silently, I hoped. I mean she was already on her feet to go into the kitchen to get herself another drink. If I told her everything she possibly die of thirst – it was a warm day after all. “Well, Heather, it’s actually book one of a trilogy, called Three Deadly Glimpses.” I picked my empty glass up, hoping she would take the hint and disappear into the kitchen, then I could be involved in another conversation when she came out, but no, no such luck.

“Ohhh,” (Yes, I know she says ohhh a LOT – but she does; honestly!) “Why a trilogy, Steve?”

Okay, harmless question, I thought, “Because I wanted to tell a story about desire, and its consequences on the relationships between four people, and I knew one book wouldn’t be enough, but three sounded just about right.” I emptied my glass, hoping that she would take the hint and get us both a refill. Nope, she wasn’t having a bar of that.

“Ohh, I see,” (see what I mean, she does say it a lot) “and is one of them the serial killer, and why does he write a memoir?” She changed weight from her left foot to her right, clearly getting impatient and desperate for another wine, but still wanting to know the answer to: so, what’s it all about.

“No, Heather, the desire is between a cop who is paired with a beautiful female criminal psychologist in the hunt for a serial killer, they are instantly attracted to each other, but are both married. Over the three books, they are thrust together, hunting three different serial killers, and the desire grows, and grows, hence Three Deadly Glimpses”

“Oh, I think I see.” She didn’t look like she saw though. “Why is it called Glimpse?”

“Because, when I write about a killer, I like to give the reader a glimpse into his troubled mind, and show why he became that way. Boy, it’s getting warm, isn’t it?” I said, hoping to steer the conversation back to getting a refill.

“Oh.” (Seriously, she does keep saying Oh, I promise.) “So, it’s not about the desire the murderer feels?” At last she reached for my wine glass and I noticed out of the corner of my eye my daughter, Tania, was yawning.

“Well, Heather, each book is about desire, in book one the killer desired fame, because all his life he has only experienced misery. In book 2, that murderer is addicted to beauty, because his life is the opposite, and in book 3, that killer desires to rid the world of people who tell lies, specifically on a dating website.”

“Oh, why?”

“Why what?”

“Why does he want to rid the world of liars?”

“Heather if I told you that, there would be no point in you buying the book. Suffice to say he suffers situational schizophrenia, and is riddled with guilt over his sister’s death.”

And then, she did it, people, she asked the second most common thing we writers get asked and dread:

“Ohhhhh, I see. So, where do you get your ideas from?”

We were late for our next appointment, and I didn’t get that refill.

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For anyone who would like to know more, Stephen's website is: and his email is He does seriously welcome questions, even those dreaded ones.

Glimpse, Memoir of a Serial Killer 
(Book 1 of The Deadly Glimpses Trilogy) 
is available from AMAZON


  1. HI Katie

    Thanks for having me (as my mother always made me say) it was fun. I hope everyone enjoyed it :)


    1. Thanks for being my Halloween guest, Stephen! Best of luck with this series!

  2. Ha! That's great! Love your talk with your friend. Best of luck with the book.

    1. Hi Jen, thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed it

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    1. thanks Cyndie, and thanks for reading. Book 2 is in editing now so out soon :)

  4. Loved your post! I think a lot of people who ask us, "What's your book about?" are like those who ask someone "How are you?" They're just being polite... LOL Your first 'Glimpse' sounds exciting. Best of luck with it.

    1. Spot on Barb, it was a fun way to illustrate just that

  5. Oh (I couldn't resist), wow! Loved the post, Steve! This actually reminded me of when I first wrote the scene for my villain. I became physically ill and had to leave my writing desk. When I told my sister about the experience, she asked, "Where do you get these twisted ideas from? You were the normal one in our family." Haha! All the best!

  6. Great post! Good luck with your book Steve!

  7. Stephen, good luck with the release!

  8. Stephen great post. Best of luck with Glimpse. Happy Halloween!

  9. Hi Stephen! Loved your post! Best wishes for many sales!

    1. Hi Karilyn, Glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for the wishes

  10. I like the humor in your post, Stephen. The books sound great. All the best, Cat

    1. Thanks Cat, we authors need a bit of humour, dont we?


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