Interviewing Author Rick stepp-bolling

Q. 1when did you decide you were going to write a book?

                  . Actually, I was writing a short story, but when I read it for my critique group, several people suggested I should make it into a book instead. A few months later, I had written my first novel.

Q.2 how did you come up with the name of your books 

                A.   PATCH MAN was the label of the main character in the book. He (Var) uses magical patches to repair, heal, and open things, so it was logical to name the book after him. It is now the name of the series—PATCH MAN SERIES—as I have just finished the fifth book in the series.

Q. 3 what are you working on now for 20 18?

                 A. I’ve written a few short stories finished the fifth book in the PATCH MAN series and started the first book in a fantasy series called GRAY RIDERS.

Q 4. how long have you been writing?

                 A. I started writing poetry in high school some fifty years ago and I’ve continued writing poetry, short stories and now novels periodically during that fifty years.

Q 5. What advice would you give other authors?

                 A. If a writer is just getting started, I would certainly recommend taking a Creative Writing class at a local community college or connecting with a writing critique group. Both will give you the necessary feedback and incentives for writing. Next, I would tell authors to never be discouraged. Rejections come with the territory. It’s difficult, but they need to have strong egos and not let one person/publisher destroy their love of writing. Be passionate about what you write

Q 6.  we're can people find you online?

                 A.  Here are a couple of sources: is my facebook page, and is my author web page.

Q7 do you plan on making more books in the future 

                  A. As I said previously, writing is a passion, so, yes, I plan to continue writing until I can’t do it anymore. Definitely more books in the future.

Q 8 how many books have you written 

                 A.  I have five books in the PATCH MAN series, a book of short stories (AUTOCIDE), a collection of poetry (SMOKE AND MIRRORS), and I’m writing another novel called GRAY RIDERS.

Q 9 did you go to college to be a writer

                  A.Not exactly. I went to college (UCLA, UC Santa Barbara) to have a career in my major (English), but it also paid dividends for my writing career. I became a professor of writing, study techniques, and creative writing at a community college, so everything eventually came together.