I’ve asked some of the authors included in the Short Flights (of the Imagination) Bundle to drop by and answer a few questions. I enjoy hearing about how other writers work and think, don’t you? I sent along twenty-odd questions to each writer and asked them to answer a handful they liked.
So first up is multi-genre author Harvey Stanbrough, who keeps a website at harveystanbrough.com. Harvey is no stranger to bundling, and his collection, S, F & H is part of Short Flights…but here, I’ll let him tell you about it…
SDR: Tell us a little about the story you have in the Short Flights bundle.
HS: It’s actually a 10-story collection. This collection of ten short stories spans science fiction and science fantasy with a dash of horror tossed in for good luck. Firefighters are trapped in a burning house, an alien crashes a teen party, and other aliens visit a café in a small town. There’s a robot on a robot horse, a game show called Suicide Watch, and a viral outbreak that wipes out much of humanity. Four other stories round out the ten with more aliens, humor and horror.
SDR: So you’ve got lots of characters to choose from for this next question. Imagine you’ve been kidnapped or trapped by a natural disaster. Which of your own characters (from any work) would you want to rescue you? Why?
HS: Wes Crowley (from my 10-novel Wes Crowley series) because he’s honest, hard, and relentless.
SDR: Describe your current writing workspace(s).
HS: Actually, I write on a dedicated writing computer (no Internet) in The Adobe Hovel, a shed about 200 feet from my house.
SDR: What are you currently working on out in your shed? How do you feel about it right this minute?
HS: A new novel in a pulp-noir detective series. Stern Talbot, P.I.—The Early Years: The Case of the Slashed-Up Secretary. I feel good about it. It’s rolling right along. I usually get around 3000 to 4000 words done on it per day.
SDR: Why do you write short fiction? Love, necessity, marketability, or something else?
HS: I like the challenge of the short form. I have over 180 short stories in around 25 collections. But I enjoy writing novels more.
SDR: What’s the most perfect short story you’ve ever read?
HS: “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury.
SDR: I agree, that’s a fabulous story. Do you belong to any writer’s groups or communities? Do you think these types of social interactions are important for writers?
HS: No, because most of them are more social groups than working groups. The members tend to talk a lot about writing, but they do very little actual writing.
SDR: You’ve published a lot of titles. Have you had to deal with bad reviews? How do you manage them?
HS: I don’t pay attention to reviews, good or bad. What some like, some don’t. No worries.
SDR: Are you a planner/outliner/architect or a pantser/gardener/discovery writer?
HS: This is very important. I’m just a writer. Like the guy who paints houses is a painter, or the person who works on car engines is a mechanic. That’s all. I adhere firmly to Heinlein’s Rules and I trust my characters to tell the story. After all, they’re the ones who are actually living it. I’m just kind of the recorder.
SDR: I try to follow Heinlein’s Rules myself, although I have the most trouble with #2 (finishing things!).
Do you prefer music, silence, or some other noise in the background when you write? If music, what kind?
HS: I’m down in the story, running through it with the characters, trying to write everything they say and do. That’s much more entertaining for me than any other thing.
SDR: Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Harvey!
The Short Flights bundle from BundleRabbit is available now across many online platforms. Along with Harvey’s collection, you’ll find ten more single stories and four more collections in the bundle, enough short fiction to keep you reading for a while! At just $4.99, it’s a real steal, so don’t miss it.
We’ll have another author interview soon, so stay tuned!