Interview with Stephen R. Meier, Author of KATKA

Stephen Ross Meier was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the first of many places he would live worldwide. He received his Bachelors in English from Arizona State University. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Inspired by music, films, books, and the world around him, he is currently working on several projects, with his next book, Teaching Pandas to Swim, ready to be released soon. A huge fan of such writers as Charles Bukowski, Milan Kundera, Irving Welsch, Irving Stone, Chuck Palahniuk, and Brett Easton Ellis, Stephen has always been drawn to writing and story telling.

Having been diagnosed with Heart Disease on May 10th, 2006, Stephen has been reminded that life void of passion is really not a life at all.

For more information please visit http://www.stephenrossmeier.com.

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Welcome to The Writer's Life, Stephen. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your book?
My book, Katka, is the story of a young American man who gets involved in the mail order bride business based on a scam that his girlfriend sets up. He ends up selling his own girlfriend. It's a story of love versus greed, the dark side of life, with an ending that leaves many blown away.


I wrote it because I think it's a very intriguing topic, one that not a lot of people talk about, or even know about. Yet, it happens in our own backyard. Plus, I think everyone has a dark side whether or not they want to admit it or not. My book questions and challenges "society's norms" and leaves the reader asking themselves what they would do.

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

Wondering if any of it was any good! Seriously, there would be days when I would reread some passages and just want to delete the whole thing! Then there would be days that I would really like it and struggle with how much more to add or go deeper on. I say that because I think my style is very different from others, as I want the reader to be very involved, fill in some of the details for themselves. There aren't a lot of books out there like that.
Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it? Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

No, unfortunately I don't. I do have promotional items, such as postcards and bookmarks. Wow, this is probably something I should have huh? Haha.
Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV? What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

I have not done any radio or TV, but have done some webcasts and blogs, that were very fun. Plus, I did a book club! That was so much fun, and I really hope to actually do more of those, as interacting with those who have read my book is an amazing experience for me.

Thank you for your interview, Stephen. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

Yes, thank you. You can pick my book up at Amazon.com or my website, stephenrossmeier.com, where if you buy it from there using PayPal, I'll sign it and mail it out myself!
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