This week, I’d like to introduce Steve Bellinger, who discovered Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and the other masters of classic science fiction. After being hooked by their stories, he began writing everything from newspaper articles, comic strips and radio drama to short stories and fan fiction. The Chronocar is his latest novel.
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
In the late 1970’s I was one of a very few truly independent radio drama producers. I wrote, directed and produced a number of original radio plays in my home studio and in 1978 created my magnum opus, “Day of the Martians,” a modern version of “War of the Worlds.”
How did you choose a title for your book?
I like short, impactful titles that makes a reader ask, “what is that?” The title of my novel The Chronocar was easy because that is the name of the time machine in the story. The word “Chronocar” has an “old world” feel that suggests that the device was created in the past, and indeed, in the story, the Chronocar is first conceived of in the late 1800’s.
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
Denzel Washington. It would be a pretty boring movie, even with him in it.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
Don’t give up; it’s never too late. I first dreamed of writing the “great American science fiction novel” when I was in high school. In spite of rejections of stories and manuscripts that I submitted over the years, I kept going, writing radio scripts, short stories, and even Sunday School lessons and fan fiction. I was 58-years-old when I got my first short story published and 65-years-old when my first novel was published. Hopefully it won’t take you that long to achieve your dream, but the accomplishment was just as sweet at 65 as it would have been at 25. Perhaps sweeter!
Where do you find your inspiration?
From real life. In my novel, The Chronocar, the main character, Tony Carpenter is me at 19 or 20 years of age (a young Denzel Washington could easily have played him in a movie!). He even attends the same college that I did. Dr. Simmie Johnson, the son-of-a-slave genius who invents the Chronocar is a combination of my step father and my grandfather. My upcoming novel, Edge of Perception, is a paranormal science fiction story that deals with life, love and loss. Again, some of the characters and situations were inspired by real life.
Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?
Stand up comedy!
You can find The Chronocar in Kindle and Paperback format here: :
Amazon – The Chronocar
You can meet Steve on his website here: http://www.SteveBellinger.com
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