Interview with Steven Torres-Author

Steven Torres was born and raised in New York City, but did spend a year and a half of his youth in Puerto Rico. The author of six traditionally published novels including PRECINCT PUERTO RICO and THE CONCRETE MAZE, Steven has recently ventured into ebooks with LUCY CRUZ AND THE CHUPACABRA KILLINGS and KILLING WAYS 2: URBAN STORIES. He lives in Connecticut now with his wife and daughter and, like many writers, is working on a novel about the Nephilim. Learn more at his website: steventorres.com.

Theresa: What is your genre and who is your intended audience?

Steven: I write mystery and crime novels and I hope that people who like good fiction are my audience. I have set most of my novels and stories in Puerto Rican communities, both on the island and in New York, so anyone looking for that setting will be pleased, I think.

Theresa: What are you currently writing?

Steven: Something completely different from what I’ve ever done – a “sword and sorcerer” set in 1099 – the Crusades. So far I’m enjoying it – good to research the period. For instance, there was a well-documented case of mass cannibalism during the war.

Theresa: How do you make time to write?

Steven: I sleep very little. Often I write from about eleven at night to one or two o’clock. A lot of writing, of course, is thinking through the plot, building characters in your mind, etc. and this can be done at any time during the day. I sometimes find myself watching the movie of my stories in my head while I’m driving. Probably not the best practice…

Theresa: What inspires you to write, other than fame and fortune?

Steven: I guess I’m just a writer at heart. Stories come to me, and I write them down. For some stories I have felt a sense of advocacy at work in me – that is, I want to speak up for people and about causes. For instance, when I first sat down to write a mystery years ago, I set it in Puerto Rico mostly because I hadn’t ever heard of a mystery set on the island (there have been some, but not many). My first novel deals with some of the horrible conditions Dominican immigrants confront trying to enter Puerto Rico. My second novel is partially about domestic violence. There are voices that need to be heard. That’s inspirational.

Theresa: What would you have done differently in your writing life, if anything at all?

Steven: I probably would have gotten an agent before selling my first five books. Not that I would have necessarily gotten more money, but it is valuable to have a professional eye go over your manuscripts – someone who has read ten thousand other manuscripts.  

Theresa: Tell us about your marketing strategy.

Steven: I haven’t had one yet. That’s probably another thing I would change about my writing life. I keep hoping that one day I’ll start a Twitter or Facebook account, but the Steven Torres who would do those things hasn’t appeared yet.

Theresa: Does your spiritual life influence your writing? If so, how?

Steven: It does. It gives me a sense of right and wrong that I hope works itself out on the page. It also gives me a desire to expose some of the difficulties people face. Ultimately, it’s probably the reason I usually write about crime.

Theresa: Thanks Steven! I so enjoyed reading  The Concrete Maze. It was gritty, described a slice of real life and the narrator’s wry sense of perspective came shining through. I’ve just finished Precinct Puerto Rico Book One and am looking forward to settling down to read the rest of the series. You are an inspiration. Check out Steven’s website www.steventorres.com

 

23 thoughts on “Interview with Steven Torres-Author

    1. I got into ebooks because it was so easy. (Sounds like the start of a lot of noir stories.) I had a novel that had kicked around a long while without ever getting an editor to love it enough to commit. I also have a lot of short stories I’ve previously published. Taking the Kindle challenge came at absolutely no cost to me, so…

      I would certainly like to expand my audience (at .99 cents) and since I will be putting out some new/different material in the coming months, I assume I’ll be attracting a different clientele.

  1. Enjoyed the interview, Steven. And I really identified with you on watching movies of your books in your head. If I don’t see the rushes, I know I need to go back and rework the scene. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Theresa,
    Good interview, Theresa.
    Hmm, Puerto Rico and mystery! I went to Puerto Rico several years ago. What a beautiful, fascinating place! And mystery, well, you know I love a good mystery. I’m going to have to investigate Steven’s novels. Thanks!

    1. It is a fascinating place. We own a little house in a town nestled near Steven’s created town of Angustias! The novels are very true to real life! Thanks for stopping by, Patricia.

  3. Great interview! I appreciate that you include people and causes in your books while still entertaining the reader with a mystery. Sometimes that’s not so easy, but it sounds like you have a handle on it. I see that I’ll have to add your books to my TBR stack.

  4. Fine interview, Theresa. And Steven, you’re obviously a real pro. Good luck with the ongoing series, and with you’re break-out work in progress. The Crusades were an exercise in heroism and villainy, still a controversial subject. What an exciting writing “assignment.”

  5. Great interview Theresa! I’m looking forward to reading Precinct Puerto Rico Book Two, now that I finished up Book One – great reading!

  6. I’ve read some of the Precinct PR books. I love the island, having been stationed on Roosevelt Roads during my Navy career. My heart belongs to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Miss the plantains and the rice & beans.

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