Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Steve!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?
Steve Rzasa is a librarian in Buffalo, Wyoming who fills his head with Scripture, history, graphic novels, and TV shows like Castle and Big Bang Theory, ideally in that order. Steve has had three science-fiction books published by Marcher Lord Press: The Word Reclaimed (2009), its sequel, The Word Unleashed (2010), and Broken Sight (2011), which won the 2012 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction from the American Christian Fiction Writers. Crosswind is his fourth novel.
What is your book, Crosswind, about?
It’s been almost five hundred years since the collapse of the Great Commonwealth. The plagues left folk few and far between. City-states rule the continent of Galderica. There’s coin to be had in trade—whether you take your wares by aeroplane or ride them over the rails. Winchell Sark has a fine life as a reporter for the Perch Advocate newspaper, a good family at home and a faith that seems downright peculiar to most everyone else. So when he is called out to investigate a biplane crash at the foot of Perch, the finest center of aviation in the Sawtooth Mountains, he doesn’t think much of it. But there are dark powers at work—powers that have their eye on Perch. Powers that mankind long thought consigned to the trash heap of mythology. ‘Cept they were wrong. It’s up to Winch and his brother Copernicus, a hotshot pilot, to save their people—and it ain’t going to be easy.
What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you?
I tend to write with a soundtrack in my head. My MP3 player is stocked with contemporary Christian, modern rock, soundtracks from various music and all manner of other songs. It’s like watching a movie play out in my mind, especially when I’m writing an action scene.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Probably sometime in middle school. I wrote a novel in high school, and by then I knew I wanted to be published.
How many books have you written/published and do you have a favorite?
I’ve written five novels, and to date four have been published. My fourth, Crosswind, is my most favorite, and the fifth, tentatively titled Desert Scourge, is due out in August frm Marcher Lord Press.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I always draw my major characters either before I start on a new project or during its early stages. That, and I prefer to work up a map of the story world.
Where do you like to write?
I like to write at the library, where I work, during my lunch breaks or when I come in to use one of the study rooms before my shift starts on Wednesdays.
What is the best and/or worst part about being a writer?
The best part of being a writer is seeing your idea become a real book and having it sit on your bookshelf.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I tend to draw, read, watch moves, travel, play with my sons and work at our local library.
Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet?
I’d love to travel Europe by train someday.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
Colossians 3:17 -- And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?
I don’t have any one favorite, but let’s narrow it down to my Top 10 – the original three Star Wars movies, the three Lord of the Rings films, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, Skyfall, and The Untouchables.
What is your favorite holiday?
My favorite holiday is Christmas, because of the lights that brighten up our Wyoming town for a month and the fact that most people assume a far cheerier and more generous disposition.
A few this-or-that questions:
Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Thunderstorms
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Call or Text? Call
Early-bird or Night-owl? Night-owl
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?
My sequel to Crosswind is coming out Aug. 1. I’m about a quarter of a way done with the third Sark brothers tale, and a third of the way into a sci-fi project that shall, for the time being, remain top secret.
Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?
You can find me on the web at www.steverzasa.com, and www.marcherlordpress.com
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