AUTHORS, THEY’RE ONLY HUMAN: How My Work Relates To My Writing Genre and What Is the Hardest Thing About Being An Author?

Good morning campbellsworld visitors and Bookworms everywhere!

This morning in our Authors, They’re Only Human Column Author
Stephen A. Theberge
has taken a couple questions I sent to he and a couple others and answered them in a most interesting way.

I found this most informative. I also found it quite timely considering what I am currently dealing with.

I wonder why more Transit systems do not hire blind or otherwise disabled persons to do what Steve here does?

Well, a blog post for another day I am sure.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll read this fascinating piece.
The way he relates his work to his writing is creative and quite refreshing.

When you’re done please keep reading to find out about his most wonderful book.

Thanks for dropping by and come back real soon to see all the goings on here in campbellsworld.

How My Work Relates to My Writing Genre & What is the Hardest Thing About Being an Author
By
Stephen Théberge

I don’t often think about how my work and life in general relate to my writing genre. This question probably should have been asked of me before I penned my first book. Upon just having recently completed the rough draft to my sequel, I find it fitting to revisit these often-asked questions.
My work is twofold. I am greatly involved in testing accessibility with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. I also work from home and check to determine how accessible websites are. This work is rewarding beyond the mere fact that I am compensated for it. I feel honored to be able to make a difference for the blindness community.
As a writer, firstly, it is the love of it that motivates me. My main love is science fiction. I always am interested in great future possibilities in our tomorrows. I also am aware of the many challenges that plague humanity.
I am sure all writers cannot escape their life experiences. I am not alone here. My work with the MBTA testing the buses, subways and commuter rail for compliance with the ADA has similarities to science fiction themes. Actually, all writers deal with these issues.
As a tester on the MBTA, I look for how things should be in an ideal world. When there are violations, such as no stop announcements on the loud speaker, I am reminded that no matter what facets of our lives we consider, we must deal with the positive and negative aspects involved.
The most difficult thing about being an author to me is keeping a flow. I am sure most writers go through periods of prolific writing and days of unrelenting writer’s block. There are many reasons for this dilemma. One hopes that a great inspirational moment or epiphany will make us write. This can happen but keeping on some kind of schedule is probably a good idea.
This was certainly true of my first novel. Now, after the starting of my sequel, there are even more obstacles. It is necessary to keep oneself motivated and fighting doubts and lowering expectations to the reality of a tough book market.
Some days I am having to tell myself not to give up. I feel that I am a terrible marketer, and I can justify this by my horrific sales numbers. I realize I must put energy into this task, but also know that there is no magical best-seller here.
So, the hardest challenges of being a writer/author continues every day. When I realize how much I enjoy my craft, I am energized to continue. After my first book, I was so overjoyed when it came out. I never thought of a sequel, but I think it is in my blood. I’ve even thought of a third book, even though I haven’t yet finished my second one.

MORE ON STEVE…

The MetSche Message

A coming-of-age science fiction novel by Stephen A. Theberge / C 2016
In e-book ($2.99) and print ($12.95) on Amazon and other online sites.
Full details, a free text preview, and buying links: http://www.dldbooks.com/stephentheberge/
Cover design by David Dvorkin.

Summary:

Andre, nearly blind, experiences years of alienation, frustration, and abiding sadness in the face of human beings’ cruelty to one another. His sources of joy are few: good food, music, computer science, and the arms of his lover, John. Only in middle age does he learn that he and a very few others have been chosen by two far superior alien races to deliver a message to all of humanity.

The story is told primarily in the form of a long account of Andre’s life: from his very earliest memories of being a visually impaired baby to the stunning visions of their planets imparted to him by the aliens, the Metans and Schegnans. Along with allowing him to view their beautiful present worlds, they show him the extremely violent past that they have evolved beyond.
Can human beings ever do the same?

Will Andre, John, and the two psychiatrists who are also privy to the aliens’ powerful message be able to convince others on Earth to listen and learn?

Readers are left to imagine their own answers to these questions. What they could never doubt are the emotion and deep humanity from which this imaginative and poignant story obviously springs.

About the Author:

Stephen A. Theberge lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He holds BA degrees in computer science and English literature and works for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority as an ADA Compliance Tester.

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