My name is Stephen Lomer, and I’m a Boston-based indie author. I’m the owner of televisionwoodshed.com, where I write a weekly recap of the CW show Arrow, and my first published work is the short story collection Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All. I’m currently working on the follow-up novel, Typo Squad.
When and why did you start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I don’t recall there being a specific why, I just sat down and did it. I still have hard copies of my very first attempts at writing, which are terrible and borderline unreadable. But I keep them around to remind myself of how far I’ve come.
What inspires your writing?
Oddly enough, television. I love to see a really good episode of a TV show and break it down to its story beats, see how they approached the storytelling, and pick up little tricks that I use in my writing.
What has been your worst moment as a writer?
I haven’t had a worst moment as a writer yet. I suppose I’m lucky in that regard. But I’m sure it’ll happen sooner or later.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
Not really. I just open the document and start writing. One thing I’ve learned is that I can’t go back and re-read what I’ve already written, unless I need to find a character’s name or something like that. I find I get sick of my writing if I read it too many times, and then I start second-guessing myself. Which is the kiss of death.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Write faster! We all have a million stories to tell and only so much time on this planet, so get cracking!
What do you believe makes for great writing?
I think that simpler is better. I’ve tried reading “classic” novels where the writer is attempting to dazzle with his or her command of the English language, and it wears me out. Just tell me a good story. Pull me in and take me for the ride.
How do you measure success as a writer?
I think if your book is out there for people to read, regardless of how many actually do, you’re a success.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
I suppose it’s running out of ideas, though that hasn’t proven to be a problem yet. Right below that, I guess, would be writing an absolute bomb that gets horrible reviews and permanently stains your reputation.
Describe your latest book to our readers
Well right now I’m working on the novel Typo Squad. It’s set in a parallel universe where typos can kill you, and a select team takes on the challenge of defending the general public from dangerous misspellings.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
I’m not trying to change people’s lives with my writing. I just want to entertain, and have people enjoy what I’ve written. If that’s the takeaway, I’m happy.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Yes. Enjoy the process, not the result. If you’re writing and you’re finding it a chore, either you’re not meant to be a writer or you’re writing the wrong thing. Let what you write light you up. Good things will follow.
What’s next for you?
Well, the tentative publication date for Typo Squad is June 9, 2017, and then I plan to follow that up with another short story collection. And then we shall see.
by Stephen Lomer
Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All is a collection of short stories that has a little something for everyone. See what life is like for the poor mother of an insufferable perfectionist in the title story. Find out what’s to be done to save the hipsters in “So Ten Minutes Ago.” Enjoy an updated take on the Goldilocks story in “Trouble Bruin.” Ponder how our choices define our lives in “The Haunting of Flattop Harris.” Stand in the shoes of a young nurse trying to save the tiniest of lives from a city’s destruction in “Wallflower and Casanova.” PLUS! “Royally Screwed,” the story that serves as a prequel to the upcoming novel Typo Squad.