Stephen M. Resar is an American multi-genre writer known for writing strong female leads, scoundrels, hard-boiled cops, and femme fatales. He’s just like other writers, only more so; he enjoys writing tough talk and haunting dialog. For those of you who have the guts to ride along, load your gat, don your trench coat, and join us in the drizzly, treacherous world of Stephen’s fiction. Oh, and did we mention the paranormal goings-on. Stephen was born in Northeast Ohio, right next to Cleveland, which might explain a lot. His education includes a certificate in Feature Film Writing from the University of California Los Angeles and a diploma in Copywriting from the College of Media and Publishing Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom. Stephen’s brand is Bonne Vie. He also self-publishes under Bonne Vie, Orlando, Florida.
Describe yourself in five words
I am Loyal, a Dreamer, an Inventor, and an insatiable Student.
What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
I like to paint landscapes. I’m still not very good, but I do enjoy every attempt.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I switch it off by centering myself with prayer and understanding the path forward.
What makes you happiest?
Being content with a job well done and being recognized for it.
Why do you write?
I can’t help but start, and I soon long to produce more. But honestly, I’m just a big outliner, and somehow a story comes out.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Heavens, no. The early years were most painful. You see, I had no training. Even today, it’s more of a challenge (competition); who will win today, me or the lack of knowledge on a topic. A good researcher makes for a better writer, in my opinion.
What motivates you to write?
I don’t believe that is an earthbound force acting upon me. It’s something that I’m supposed to do. My success or lack of it does not diminish the personal connections I make. Those seem to hold the most importance.
What writing are you most proud of?
Right now, my screenplay dialog. Still my strongest and still un-shopped. Someday…
What books did you love growing up?
That’s part of my “no training” issues; I didn’t. You could not keep me still long enough to read something. I’ve never been a big reader to entertain myself. It’s all research to me now. I often get lost inside my mind’s eye, visualizing, and creating a story.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing; tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio but now reside in Central Florida. I paid my dues in the cold weather.
How did you develop your writing?
It’s an ongoing adventure with the help of teachers (UCLA) and other writing schools and groups, peers, and friends.
What is hardest – getting published, writing, or marketing?
Since I can pretty much control writing and self-publishing, that leaves marketing. Trends change fast these days, and it is hard to know where to invest your hard-earned cash and who to trust.
What marketing works for you?
Um, I’m still in the discovery phase here. So, I’ll get back to you on that, but honestly, a highly viewed YouTube channel willing to offer a shout-out has helped.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
Nope, not at all. Want to know more? My brand, including publishing, is Bonne Vie, Orlando, Florida. Please reach out, and we’ll chat! email@example.com
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
Yes, and yes. Family and friends may not always understand, but they are supportive. But, let’s face it, writers are a bit curious.
What else do you do other than writing?
I like to paint and digitally create fantasy landscapes. Video editing is another outlet for me. Bicycle riding is my big getaway.
What other jobs have you had in your life?
My progression started as a Draftsman (Pencil, Pen & Ink on mylar) when it was indeed an art form. Then, promoted to Mechanical Designer, Parts Catalog writer (P/N Lister). Then branching out on my own as a Technical Illustrator and finally as a Technical Writer. I’m still actively working as an aviation technical writer. Of course, today, that includes code writing HTML, Java, CSS, and XML. My, how the world has changed.
If you could study any subject at university, what would you pick?
Ancient civilizations and the non-canonical books.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Perhaps somewhere along the Tyrrhenian and Medeterainian Seas. Spain, Greece, Monaco, or Italy.
How do you write – laptop, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
Primarily sitting in front of the desktop PC. I use many software tools and a lot of handwritten notes. Tools include Office 365. But don’t limit yourself; I often cross over to screenwriting tools for outlines, character development, and some writing. Use what works best for you.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
Six to eight hours, but I’m a night owl. 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM is my most creative time.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
Mr. Bill Taub Author, Writer, Producer, and Creative Troubleshooter. My teacher and mentor at UCLA. https://www.billtaub.com/
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is; what does success in writing look like to you?
When writing can sustain me, now that’s a success.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing; tell us about your marketing campaign?
I’m still working on it, and I’m not reluctant to say that I need assistance from a professional.
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
Sam Riker P.I. The Paranormal Case Files – I wanted to bring back a hard-boiled detective and noir intermixed with the paranormal. A dangerous brew of mood and emotions washed down with strong whisky amidst hazy cigarette smoke.
Who would you ask if you could have a dinner party and invite anyone, dead or alive?
Dead – Nikola Tesla. Alive – Buzz Aldrin.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I enjoy watching movies of all genres and catching up on the many new series. Screenwriters have far more opportunities these days.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
I hope they think they were on a fun ride today and want to ride another adventurous roller-coaster story of mine.
My Bonne Vie Brand