Steve Hyppolite – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

A Warrior’s Passage is my debut novel and it is a Sci-fi/Mystery. My novel’s story puts you in the branching perspectives of different and diverse characters that are looking for answers as their stories slowly begin to intertwine towards a dramatic close. The lead character Christina Nightbird Little Wolf Cesar is of Native American and Haitian descent and is in a dilemma to why she’s having mysterious dreams and pains that are unknowingly linked to a tragedy in her past. There are recent murders that may have implications to how Christina’s fate will end, but those answers can mostly come from the one who is her mysterious antagonist.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am of Haitian descent, born in Free-port, Bahamas and grew up in the United States (Miami, Fl.). At a time I had been a United States citizen, a Haitian citizen and a Bahamian Citizen all at the same time. I’ve had a very diverse up-bringing, so I can easily sympathize and except many diverse perspectives from different cultures and back-grounds.

What inspired you to write this book?

There are a few things that inspired me to write my novel. I started to see a lot of wonderful stories, but as I got older I started to realized that a lot of those stories seemed to lack diversity and seemed to almost never include people that looked like me in leading (positive) roles. My peers who seem to shun picking up a book is another reason I was inspired to write my novel. I decided to give them an incentive to pick-up a book and realize that wee too, can be leading heroes and dynamic villains in-between the pages of fiction with characters that they can relate to and at the same time improve on their literacy. At the time of novel’s debut, I had been writing for about a year.

How did you publish this book?

I published my novel with Xlibris publishing company. It was a balancing act on whether I should go with traditional publishing or self-publishing. I took the self-publishing route, since I was able to maintain all the rights to my story.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I realized that it would be the easiest way for me to create a compelling story with characters of my choosing. I got started as soon as my imagination was sparked with the thoughts of a literary piece that I would love to read.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

For me the hardest part of writing was trying to determine if certain parts of my story would offend anyone. I want to be able to connect with any and everybody that gets a chance to read my story.

How do you do research for your books?

There is not much research that needed to be done when it came to the main story (Sci-fi fiction), but some of the historical facts have been referenced from the Internet and some texts from libraries.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Yes, I did learn something from writing my novel. What I’ve learned, for me personally is that writing is the easy part. The hard part is getting readers to know about your work through promotions.

What are you reading now?

I’m presently reading novels from fellow Sci-fi enthusiasts. Asleep by Wendy Ravin McNair and Home Coming : Osguards Guardians of the Universe by Malcolm Dylan Petteway.

What types of books do you like to read?

I like to read any good book of any genre that holds my attention. I don’t have a favorite author, because I am not an avid book reader.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I am working on another book and the only thing I can say about it is that it is a sequel to my debut novel, A Warrior’s Passage.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

The best advice I can give to writers about writing is that you should use as much time as you can to perfect your story and to make an investment to get your book professionally edited. On the subject about publishing, learn the pros and cons about traditional publishing and self-publishing.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I’m presently using social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. I also plan to attend certain events like the 1st Annual Atlanta Black Book Expo this coming August 2010.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Readers can get more information about my novel and get enlightened with some historical facts at :
www.awarriorspassage.blogspot.com
www.awarriorspassage.com
A Warrior’s Passage is available on-line at Amazon
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