You should never judge a book by its cover. As well, you should never judge a writer by his bio. With that being said, Steven Spellman is writer for readers who enjoy simply told stories, stories of lust, of deception, stories of redemption, of love. Stories of horrors beneath the waning moon, of joys beneath the rising sun. Stories of everything in between, to give the reader a fiction of adventure fit to distract from the facts of life if only for a moment. Born in East Orange, New Jersey, raised in North Carolina since infancy, Steven Spellman has been a drug dealer, a prisoner, an armed felon, a college student, a father, a husband, a sinner, a saint. Like everyone else Steven Spellman has worn many hats, but never any so well fitted as a writer. His ongoing struggle with life is a personification of the fact that You Should Never Judge a Book by its Cover; you may miss the whole story.
Interview with Steven Spellman:
Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?
Steven Spellman: The themes of my work vary widely considering what genre I’m writing in at the moment. In general, the theme is love and the many faces it wears.
MT: Why should people buy your novels?
SS: My novels are the product of true God given talent. If you don’t like the words, you’ll love the premise. If you don’t like the premise, you’ll love the setting. If you don’t like the setting, you’ll love the characters. Whatever your preference you’ll find something you adore in a Steven Spellman novel or short story.
MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?
SS: Absolutely necessary.
MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
SS: Chicken Little, because it is the classic tale of having to believe in yourself when no one else does.
MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
SS: Since elementary school I’ve always wanted to write. I didn’t have novels in mind exactly, I only recognized from very early on that I had a strange love affair with the written word. Unfortunately, I didn’t pursue that love in earnest until many long difficult years later.
MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?
SS: Have you read a novel more than once?
If I had to pick only one, I think I would rank Charles Dicken’s, David Copperfield, as my favorite novel.
I don’t usually read novels more than once, but I have made exceptions for Charles Dicken’s and Louis Stevenson’s works, especially The Pickwick Papers, and Treasure Island, both of which I’ve read more than a few times and have enjoyed immensely every single time.
MT: What motivates you to write?
SS: Necessity. I was born to write and I’ll die a slow agonizing demise if I don’t. I’ve learned that from brutal experience.
MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?
MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
SS: Tyler Perry, if you mean artist in the theatrical sense, and Michelangelo if you mean in the actual artistic sense. If you’re speaking of a writer, I would love to have dinner with one of the writers of the Bible, because I write books about life and they wrote the Book on life.
MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
SS: When I’m not writing I love playing violent, gory video games, trying to provide a positive leadership to my two beautiful daughters—easier said than done with my teenager—and musing on more stuff to write about. I also love to take excessively long and completely unnecessary leisurely car drives.
The Doll [short story] [Hungry Goat Press] Spring 2016
Into Oblivion [short story] [Hungry Goat Press] Spring 2016
The Lunch Lady [short story] [Hungry Goat Press] Spring 2016
Into Oblivion [short story] [Zoetic Press/Non Binary Review] Winter 2016
The Ride [short story] [Witch Works Magazine] Fall 2015
Into Oblivion [short story] [Detectives of the Fantastic Anthology/Horrified Press] Fall 2015
The Pruning [novel] [Contracted w/ World Castle Publishing] Fall 2015
My Name is Legion [Novella/EBook] [Hungry Goat Press] Spring 2015
The Catacombs Anthology Vol. 4 [2 short stories] [Hungry Goat Press] Fall 2014
Murder Beneath the Midnight Sun [novel] [World Castle Publishing] Summer 2014
The Vanished [short story/E-book] [Hungry Goat Press] 2014
Darkness Falls [short story] [Hungry Goat Press] 2014
The Virus [novel] [Deer Hawk Publishing] Winter 2013
The Greater Good [short story] [BeteNoire Magazine] Spring 2012
The Fountain [short story] [Shelter of Daylight Magazine] Spring 2012
Illusions [short story] [Shelter of Daylight Magazine] Spring 2012
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.