Stephen Drake ~ Above the Cut

Published August 16, 2018 by paulandpaulasbooks

I do not know when I became friends with Stephen Drake or if he asked for the friendship or I did.  However the connection occurred on Facebook, I was blessed to find another author I can say I will be reading all of his output.  

I am at the 84 percent marker on my Kindle reader as I pause to share his interview.  When I finished his first book written, the one I am reading, you will have met another five-star review with an Above the Cut writer.



  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I became disabled and was bored out of my mind.


2.  How long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on the book and what I have to say in it. My longer ones took me a while. My first one was started in 1974. My second in that series took me a little over a year.


3. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I write when I can. Since I’m the chauffeur, sometimes I don’t get much time.


4.  What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I can’t write with music playing. The tempo of the writing tends to follow the tempo of the music, which can get kinda screwy sometimes.


5. How do books get published?



6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

A lot of experience and research on the internet and I’ve read a lot of the older writers of Sci-fi (I’m a big John Scalzi fan, R.A.Heinlein, Frank and Brian Herbert, Asimov). Sometimes, I’ve written something just to see if I could do it.


7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I started it in 1974 when I was 22. I published it in 2016.


8. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, I read, play chauffer for the wife, and do martial arts 4 days a week. Watch tv and movies (I have a nice collection of movies and old tv series).


9.  What does your family think of your writing?

They were surprised I had that much to say about anything.


10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

It isn’t easy to create something that is entertaining and says what I want it to, the way I want to say it.


11. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’m currently working on my 4th book, which is 3rd in the series, a couple of short stories. My favorite is Blackwing.


12. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Just do it and let others read it. If anyone is willing to read your work, ask them what they thought of it. Constructive criticism is your friend. But you have to write it your own way. Don’t be thin-skinned. I write the kinds of stories I like to read. I figure there are plenty of other quirky individuals that may like it, too.


13. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

All the time (I do have some friends who read). Some post reviews, others just tell me. They all seem to like my work.


14. Do you like to create books for adults?

I only create books for adults.


15. What do you think makes a good story?

It’s difficult to have a good story without good characters and repartee. Interesting situations helps a lot.


16. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

After Star Trek came out, the original series, I wanted to be a computer programmer.




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