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S.M. Stevens

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S.M. Stevens is author of the #MeToo novel Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, nov available from TouchPoint Press.

A lifelong business writer who dabbled in creative writing on the side, Stevens found her opportunity to write fiction in earnest when she broke her pelvis in three places in a horseback riding fall. On crutches for three months and unable to commute to work, cook, clean or shuttle kids to activities, she turned to writing. The result was Shannon’s Odyssey, a middle-grade novel written for her younger daughter.

The following year, Stevens was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which was treated with surgery and five months of chemotherapy. During this recovery, she wrote Bit Players, Has-Been Actors and Other Posers for her older daughte
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S.M. Stevens I try to stop writing for the day/night with my next section already in my mind - usually even roughed out on the computer. If I know what I'm going t…moreI try to stop writing for the day/night with my next section already in my mind - usually even roughed out on the computer. If I know what I'm going to write next, then it's easy to get going again in the next session.(less)
S.M. Stevens Some day it's the love of the craft - being able to structure a story in a way that hopefully resonates with readers. Other days it's the freedom to l…moreSome day it's the love of the craft - being able to structure a story in a way that hopefully resonates with readers. Other days it's the freedom to lose yourself in another world. And I guess best of all are the times a reader says your writing somehow touched or moved them.(less)
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Life of a Writer: Midnight Inspiration

I think a lot of writers suffer from midnight inspiration, for better or worse. I’m almost done with the first act of my new manuscript (about a group of Millennials grappling with life’s choices and social justice issues), and am happy to report I’ve found a way to work with these sometimes unwelcome thoughts.





Typically, when I’m thick into the process of writing fiction, I wake at all hours of th

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"This book and its story are well-done: its storyline is decent and fitting for its 1980s setting, its writing helps the reader feel as how the protagonists felt and sensed, and it describes how psychiatrists help people who were abused.

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"Horseshoes and Hand Grenades tells the story of overcoming abuse, friendship, and understanding. This story represents a lot to me as a woman. Dealing with sexual abuse is always hard, especially when reading about it. However, Stevens does a great j" Read more of this review »
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"A well written book on a tough subject. It brought back a lot of memories from that era and the things that happened - very thought provoking and a must read. "
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Baring one's sole in memoir form is a brave act -- putting your own memories and foibles on display for readers to judge and dissect. The Escape Artist accomplishes what a memoir should: it pulls the reader into the author's situation where, like it ...more
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Although the disaster in this novel isn't the coronavirus, the author seems to have foreshadowed the national chaos that can result from a large-scale emergency. That alone made this an intriguing read for me. It's the classic road trip turned on its ...more
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