Steve Soderquist started writing when he was seventeen. He left that to become a successful musician, spending many years on the road with numerous bands. He came off the road to have a ‘normal life’, but found the writing bug hadn’t left him.
He wrote a novella One for the Road and knew he had to keep going. There was so much he felt compelled to put on paper. Steve went on to pen the horror novel Farm House. When it was complete and those blessed two words ‘THE END’ were put down, he knew he’d come full circle and found his calling. Farm House had originally been publishing it with a company that has since closed their doors.
Steve’s always been an avid reader with an eclectic mix of favorite authors: Stephen King, V.C. Andrews, Jules Verne, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Clavell…so many. It’s his belief reading different genres, has enriched him as an author.
Now, as a full-time published author, Steve’s not through with some of the characters he introduced in his first two books. In addition to his first two works, he’s completed and released Seeds, co-authored Rogue and has just finished Jessica, due out by year end. He has numerous other books at various stages of completion. Although he is a master at horror/thriller, he will tell you he doesn’t write genres, he writes books.
This year he became the co-owner of Foundations, LLC publishing company. As an author, he saw the need in the publishing world to help authors learn how to promote and sell their work. Instead of complaining about it, he’s doing something about it. It’s because of this, he’s seeing his diligent efforts pay.
Ten years ago, a little girl was buried alive.
Ten years ago that little girl got away unbeknownst to anyone.
Not knowing whom she could trust, she never went home.
What does that do psychologically to a tender, naïve soul?
All these years later her, now divorced, mother tries to fill a
void left by her missing child with troubled teens. How far will
she go? How many are too many? Will the bottom drop out
before she stops bringing home strays? And who are these kids…
What unfolds in her farmhouse is more than any of them will
See coming, until it’s way too late to do anything to stop it.
Chris and Lexi Denton led what they considered a normal life, filled with the usual trials and errors that go along with the day-to-day living for any young, newlywed couple.
Lexi worked as a dance instructor at a local studio, and Chris was a successful broker at a firm in downtown Miami, Florida.
But when Chris gets caught up with a crime boss who utilizes Chris’s talent for numbers to cover up deadly secrets, Chris and Lexi soon discover much more than just Carlos Mandini’s dark secrets, they discover their own. So well hidden and buried; so deeply dormant that even they are not suspect to the horrifying truth.
Chris and Lexi Denton are not who they believe they are.
As they run for their lives from Mandini and his ‘organization’, who they are and what they are capable of begins to surface. Their past first comes to haunt them from the tattered memories that the government thought they had wiped out; the very government that created them. The laboratories known to them only as the Lz Project become clearer in their minds and with each passing day. They begin to understand that what they are capable of goes beyond any military training or branch of service.
Now locked in a struggle for their right to even exist, they soon find themselves combating others like them—enhanced government projects created since birth to only supplement and aid other projects; to create an army of super-soldiers, capable of incredible feats of physical strength and skill. But those in charge have not factored in the most important lesson Chris and Lexi have learned on their own…
Love supersedes science.
Culminating in an explosive ending that will leave the reader breathless, the two take the road never traveled to seek out what they know ultimately must be done—to assure the Lz Project is not only destroyed, but can never be reactivated…
Even if they must sacrifice themselves to that end.
1. Could you tell us a bit about your most recent release and why it is a must-read?
Farm House is my latest release and if I can say, horror stories for the past few years, have been a dime a dozen. I wanted to write something that scared people. I wanted to delve into the fear of what a person would do when they felt powerless to help themselves or those around them. I wanted to give people more than just one jump scare moment to the next, but play into our worst fears. What if someone we loved were in danger, and we were helpless to help? Farm House is just such a story.
2. What is your favorite part of this book?
Without giving too much away, probably the beginning. What happens to this little girl is likened to what happens to many of the characters in this book when they were young to different degrees of intensity, of course. What separates someone who is capable of horrible things and someone who isn’t can be as thin as rice paper and as changeable as a breeze, given the right push.
3. In addition to being a writer, do you have a day job? If so, what is it?
I co-own Foundations, LLC with Laura Ranger and freelance (professionally) editing and formatting for others.
4. What does your typical day look like?
It’s very important to me to have a disciplined schedule. It’s too easy to procrastinate or put off projects, therefore I stick to an 8 to 5 schedule as much as possible. I take breaks but can say in all honesty I stick to this pretty well. Add in the weekends, I probably put in at least 50 hours a week. That may or may not impress folks but that’s a hell of a lot of time sitting in front of a computer!
5. What do you love most about the writing process?
The discovery of the characters discovering what they’re capable of. I feel I’m usually just along for the ride so it’s great when he or she discovers a talent or ability they didn’t know they had. In truth, I am as surprised as they are!
6. Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Tough to say; there have been many I liked quite a bit…even the not-so likable ones. I’ll say Jack from the novel ‘Rogue.’ He just never meant to be a hero. There is a lot of me in that character. Characters who ‘save the day’ are written all the time, but Jack questions everything he does and his confidence, while ultimately earned, is a front at first to try and hide how scared he really is. Despite all the great things he is able to do, his biggest concern and the one area he feels the least prepared for is to be there for his wife. To me, he’s an imperfection in a messy world, and this allows him to blend…until those moments when what he does, what he’s been trained to do, comes out. THEN his perfection is highlighted that much more.
7. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
I suppose there’s a grain of everyone I write from those around me to some greater and lesser amount of influence. I mean what’s written on the legal page: If you think this book or someone in it is about you, it’s by accident. I never sit down and ‘try’ to create a fictional character drawn from real life.
8. What is the biggest surprise you experienced after becoming a writer?
How hard it is. By the time I was published, the illusion of thousands standing in line for my autograph on a book they’re clutching had passed. I was enough of a realist to grasp how much work needs to go into staying relevant AFTER the book is published, but I never knew how involved I would have to be from writing to editing, proof-reading, formatting, marketing, distribution, and many other aspects.
9. Since being a writer, what has been the best compliment?
That I made someone sleep with the lights on in the room after finishing my book. 😉
10. If you could ask one question from any one person, living or dead, what would it be and from whom?
I would have asked my dad when I was much, much younger to whip my butt and make me study harder. I could have done much better in school!
11. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
That my writing was as interesting as the side of a cereal box ingredients list…hah!
12. If you were riding in an elevator with a new writer, what wisdom would you bestow upon him/her before you reached the top floor?
Learn the basics and relearn them. You can write a 200 thousand word novel, but if you don’t have a grasp of English 101, you have a way to keep lots of tables from wobbling in your hands.
13. What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you?
Writing-wise? Getting kicked out of a creative writers class for being arrogant. (I was 17 and a snot-nosed brat. I deserved it.)
14. What websites or resources have been helpful to you, as a writer?
Grammar Girl, Dictionary.com, Wikipedia, any site that promotes strong English based on facts, not opinion.
15. Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
I can play pretty much anything with strings.
16. What would the main character in your most recent book have to say about you?
17. What is something memorable you heard from a reader/fan?
This book would make the best movie!
18. If money were no object, where would you live and why?
I’m not really sure. I’m a fan of the ocean, the wooded area, someplace exotic and someplace small town. Ultimately, someplace that just has nice people who talk to each other, have BBQ’s together. I grew up with that and it was nice.
19. Currently, how many ideas for different books do you have going/jotted down?
Over a dozen. I won’t write them all down, but if an idea sticks with me for more than a couple of days, I’ll start jotting things down.
20. Where can we find you online?
Amazon Author Page: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile