Welcome to our Writers Wednesday Spotlight! Each week we will be highlighting a different geeky writer we think you might like to check out. For this week’s spotlight, we are excited to introduce you to Steve Wetherell!
His trilogy series “The Doomsayer Journeys” was just released May 13, 2018!
You can purchase the series here: “The Doomsayer Journeys”
About Steve Wetherell
(in his own words)
Steve Wetherell has written for Maxim, Cracked and CBS Local, and is a regular on the Authors and Dragons podcast. He is affiliated with Falstaff books and wrote the fantasy comedy series The Doomsayer Journeys, which he’d love you to read.
He lives with his wife and kids in Northamptonshire, England, and enjoys beer, rock music and writing about himself in the third person.
From Book One “The Last Volunteer”: Fans of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – your long wait for a successor is over!
The fate of the world lies with one man: Bip Plunkerton.
Talentless psyentist and frequent drinker at The Empty Goat, young Bip Plunkerton will follow in his father’s footsteps as a Volunteer…footsteps that have yet to return from the wilds of the wide world outside.
Traverse the harsh weather of the formidable Ice Plains, navigate the Boiling Sea, and suffer the ravaging heat of the Bone Desert. Bip’s impossible task, continually thwarted by the semi-corporeal Mr. Random, is to warn the rest of the world of the coming doom of the Massive Ball of Death hurtling through space.
Will the last volunteer be any more successful than the first? Will Bip save planet Bersch from a fate set into motion millennia before?
Probably not, but we can likely drag this question out for a couple more books, though. Right?
5 Questions with . . . Steve
- When did you first realize you were interested in becoming an author? What drives you to write?
I think that for most of my life I was simply unsatisfied to be an audience member. My dad was a showman, and I think he just sort of normalised that life for me. I learned early on that there were two sides to the curtain, and I felt like I belonged stage side. This attitude bled through to most of my hobbies. As a young kid it wasn’t enough for me to play video games – I’d spend hours drawing out my own video game concepts. As a teenager, being into rock music wasn’t enough – I had to start a band. It was no surprise to me, being an avid reader of fantasy fiction, that I’d eventually get the bug to write a novel.
- How would you describe your style or genre of writing to a potential fan?
Douglas Adams if he’d just been thrown out of a nightclub and had to walk home.
- What are you currently working on? What are you working on next?
I’m having a lot of fun writing in the Shingles series with the Authors and Dragons crew at the minute. Now that my Doomsayer series has found a home a Falstaff, I’m keen to return to that universe. I’ve always got a couple of odd ideas on the burner, and I’m currently working on a sci-fi whodunnit in a near future where all of humanity’s problems have been solved by a benevolent AI. I realize that should seem like a relatively easy going read, but there is already a surprising amount of violence.
- What existing book do you wish you had written and why?
That’s a tough question, because most of the books I truly love are so dependent on the voice of their author. I couldn’t take the concept of a Martin Amis or Terry Pratchett novel and have the same wonderful product. Any book I took I’d probably insinuating my voice into it to an obscene degree, like pouring mustard on a perfectly good creme brulee. For arguments sake, let’s just say I wrote Harry Potter.
- What is one piece of advice you would give to a budding writer?
Read to a dangerous excess when you’re young and spongy, so that you may find out who you want to be. Then, when you’re older, gnarlier, and you’ve got a few scars, write until you find out who you actually are – which may or may not take the rest of your life.