Q&A with Steven
I have always been inspired to tell stories. Since high school, I aspired in becoming a film director. I could not get in the right film schools due to cost and did not have the right connections, but I was not ready to give up. I decided to turn every movie and television show idea into books. Imagining readers from around the world relaxing as they read my novels drives me to tell it all.
Tell me about your brand new book, Nightmare Lane.
The story focuses on a family who had to move from our world to a world where every creature and entity that have haunted our nightmares, reside. The Trace family arrives at Nightmare Lane where they meet neighbors like Frank Stein, Alucard Vamp, and Sebastian Wolf.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?
After hearing how humans found the portals and declared war on all monsters and creatures, Thaniel Trace felt it would be safer to move to his former world with his human wife, stepson, and zombie child to Corpsevine. The mummy struggles with marriage and fatherhood now that living in Nightmare Lane has changed them forever.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Describing what you would see in a scene of a novel is quite simple for me, but describing a scene to help the reader feel a certain emotion within a story is very challenging.
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
I would be developing video games. Besides books and films, I feel it is another great way of storytelling. The game “The Last of Us,” is a fantastic example of great storytelling, as it was an emotional rollercoaster. It even had famous actress Ashley Johnson who played Ellie. Books tell you the adventures of a main character. Films let you see the main character’s quest. Video Games let you become the main character. Check out the trailer of “The Last of Us” to see what I am talking about: http://youtu.be/OQWD5W3fpPM
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
I have imagined Nightmare Lane characters played by all actors you would usually see in an Apatow Production. I could see James Franco as Thaniel Trace, Kristen Wiig as Miranda Trace, Jay Baruchel as Derek Trace, Seth Rogen as Sebastian Wolf, Paul Rudd as Evan Miller, Jonah Hill as Casey Miller, Bill Hader as Alucard Vamp, Jenna Fischer as Victoria Vamp, Carla Gallo as Iris Vamp, Jason Siegel as Frank Stein, Leslie Mann as Mary Stein, and Jane Lynch as G. Reaper.
What do you think makes a good story?
You know when you have read a great book when you find yourself convincing a non-reader to read it.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing and find what motivates you to avoid distractions. One completed project beats a million ideas.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I am a multi-genre author and have many different stories to tell. I am currently working on two projects. I am working on the trailer for Nightmare lane, very excited for that one. I decided to model and animate a trailer myself (Here is a link to see a screen shot of a frame.) Since it takes forty-one minutes to render a single frame and there are about 1900 frames, I began working on my next novel that is a dark twist to the Peter Pan story.
How can my readers get in contact with you or learn more about your work?
Readers can visit my website www.StevenDanielBooks.com to connect with me. It is a hub with links to all social networking websites I am connected to.