Random Interview Saturday! Steve F. Freeman


The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.

There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.

Our next author swings in on a vine. It's Steve Freeman! 

Steve Freeman

author biography: 

Author Steve Freeman is a former member of the US Army's Signal Corps, a thirty year employee of a large American technology company, and an avid traveler who has visited every continent but Antarctica. The novels of The Blackwell Files draw from his firsthand knowledge of military service, the tech industry, and the diverse cultures of our world. He currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.

The Interview

You're walking along the seashore when you see something sticking out of the sand. What is it and how do you approach it? 
I see a metal case render watertight with a rubber seal. It looks like a miniature version of the old steamer trunks. 

What's in the box? What box? How should I know!? You're the one standing there with an imaginary box! 
I flip up the buckles and open the box. It contains a scribbled note from someone who claims to be held prisoner on a remote Indonesian Island. But the writer, “Arny,” doesn’t know which island. He was drugged while in Jakarta and woke up twelve hours later (judging from beard growth) in his tropical prison. 

Ability to breathe under water, ability to fly, or invisibility? Choose wisely. 
Invisibility, which would provide more insight into others’ when they think no one else is around. (And that’s the essence of writing, right?) And it could help me break Arny out.

Sum up your life in five words and two punctuation marks. 
A wild ride…then better!

Congratulations! You are now president of this blog post. What's your first executive order? 
Virtual pizza for all. (Sorry I can’t order the real thing.)

What’s the most important lesson you ever learned from a cartoon? 
Not to take myself too seriously.

Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person? 
I’ve owned both, so that’s a tough call. I lean towards dog person for no better reason than that’s what I currently own.

What is your ideal writing space? 
A comfortable spot with my dogs nearby. I’m equally okay with sunshine and rain, as long as I’m not in it. Wine is optional.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
 I’m often asked when I started writing. Based on other responses I’ve read to this question, apparently most authors start writing minutes after popping out of the womb. I, on the other hand, started only five years ago and published my first book just over four years ago at age 49. I like this question because my response offers proof that people can start at whatever stage of life they find themselves. In fact, for me a late start has been an advantage, since it’s given me a greater abundance of life experiences and read books that have informed (and hopefully improved) my writing.

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