Interview with Steven Carr
By: Kevin 'Myth Master' Adams

Greetings to all who dare enter.

Know this readers.

Should you ever find yourself in an interview with me, you should know that they don't end well for you. Yet, I feel they are always informative and in good fun (especially for me!).

Today we have Steven Carr who lives in Richmond, Va., who began his writing career as a military journalist and has had over a 160 short stories published internationally, in print and online magazines, literary journals and anthologies.

Myth Master: Tell us a bit about your back ground?

Steven Carr: I joined the Army a few months after graduating. The Vietnam war was still going on, but I didn't want to shoot anyone, and in its wisdom in keeping me away from anything that might explode or cause bodily injury to anyone on our side, they trained me to be a journalist and sent me to the District Recruiting Headquarters in Jacksonville, Fl., and for the next two years I worked in a civilian office, lived in a great apartment in a complex with a pool that they paid for, had a car they provided to travel around the state, and wrote propaganda style stories for local newspapers. Then I left the Army. Boy, was that stupid!

Myth Master: And after the Army?

Steven Carr: Since then I've traveled the United States by practically every means possible, including using my thumb. I got an education – in a college, I mean, in hopes of becoming a playwright – but living in multiple cities across the US has provided a different type of education. When I say I've seen it all, believe me,I've seen it all.

My plays have been produced and over 160 of my short stories have been published or are scheduled to be published.

Myth Master: Any vices to speak of?

Steven Carr: I've never experimented with drugs, nor taken up drinking, don't smoke, and don't drink coffee.

If it wasn't for a lifelong devotion to impure thoughts, I could be a saint. My older sister named me after one.

Myth Master: Would you care to tell us a quick story from Vietnam, good or bad. I'm listening.

Steven Carr: This isn't my story of course, since I ended up never going there, but a story a returning soldier told me has stuck with me because of its oddity. He was stationed at a small base in an area where there was lots of fighting going on. With the backdrop of the sound of gun fire and bomb explosions, every day at 4 PM for three months he gave tennis lessons to a Vietnamese soldier in a paved lot near the motor pool. He said in all that time they never discussed anything but tennis. The lessons ended abruptly when the Vietnamese soldier no longer showed up. The American solider did some checking around and was told that the Vietnamese soldier had deserted to join the Vietcong.

Myth Master: Would you say your past travels on the road inspire your current works?

Steven Carr: I define "on the road" as time spent thumbing as opposed to living in or traveling as a tourist to different places. I have had several stories published set in West Virginia's coal mining towns, one of the places I thumbed/walked through that was forever imprinted in my psyche. I also had a really weird occurrence in Barstow, CA that I fictionalized just a little as a story and it was published. I also hitched my way through the Wind River Canyon in Wyoming and I turned that harrowing experience into a story that has been published. I camped out at the Sweetwater River, also in Wyoming, and that too was fictionalized and published. In lots of my literary genre stories there are small details, images, and people I met that are either included or inform the stories in one way or another. I am far from mining the short story gold that hitchhiking this country has given me.

Myth Master: If one of your books were to become a movie, which one do you want it to be?

Steven Carr: I don't write books, only short stories. I have one book so far, Sand, and it's a collection of my short stories published by Clarendon House Publications. I've been told I write in a "cinematic" way, which makes sense to me since I grew up watching movies and have been a movie buff my entire adult life. Selecting one I'd want to be a movie is difficult, but I have a story "A Tale of Nantucket" being published by Propertius Press this summer that was written from my musical "Nantucket" that I think would make a really good movie. It has everything: good characters, humor, drama, romance, history, philosophy, religion, tragedy.

Myth Master: Before we end our time together if you want to shamelessly promote yourself do that below.

Steven Carr: My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012966314127

My Amazon Author Page:https://www.amazon.com/–/e/B07CRL1PHF?ref_=pe_1724030_132998070

My Twitter: @carrsteven960

My book Sand: https://www.amazon.com/SAND–Collection–Short–Stories–Steve/dp/0244668663/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Myth Master: Alrighty then…down to business. Preferred method of death?

Steven Carr: For me? In my bed in my home, quietly, as painlessly as possible. For characters in my stories? In a lot of my horror stories they get eaten.

Myth Master: Now why should you be treated any different than your characters? (evil grin)

Steve, I think I will grant you your request, but at the same time give you a taste of your own medicine. During this interview you have been exposed to a very powerful sleeping gas which will take effect soon, so you will get to go to sleep any time now and as for the dying…

I've invited some special dinner guests!

Leeches!

Thousands of them.

You did say painless death, well more or less.

* Nothing kills like the classics *

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