Hi there, my name is Steven Capps. I am a freelance SFF writer and an Associate Editor with the SFWA professional short fiction market PodCastle. The purpose of this blog is not to shamelessly promote my own work but to hammer out some of my thoughts on the industry and craft.

I have my B.A. in English: Writing from the American Military University, and my work has been featured in publications such as Fiction, The Bird & Dog, Survival Prepper, Survival Sullivan, Markit Bulgaria, Off the Grid News, and a few others. Recently, my short story, “Lux Nauta,” won an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest.

Some of my favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Pierce Anthony, Caleb Carr, and Stephen King.

My favorite book is The Way of Kings by: Brandon Sanderson. I am also a giant fan of The Giver by: Louis Lowery and Name of the Wind by: Patrick Rothfuss. My favorite short story is “Home is a House that Loves You” by Rachael K. Jones.

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21 thoughts on “About

  1. I think I may have read all of Anne Rice and of course Stephen King. Caleb Carr, years ago I read The Alienist and the follow up to it. Hmm, fantasy? How about R.A. Salvatore or Terry Goodkind?

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      1. Goodkind has the Sword of Truth series, starting with Wizard’s First Rule. Magic, violence, sex, love…it’s an emersive world he’s constructed. Salvatore’s books are based off of some of the characters from D&D. Light reading but I enjoyed them.

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  2. Hello,
    I finished my BA in English at AMU a couple years ago. I really enjoyed their program. I was introduced to so many great writers that I might not have picked up on otherwise. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did.
    Have you ever read Neil Gaiman? I’m reading American Gods now – a sort of dark fantasy you might like.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. There are all sorts of AMU gems hidden there.

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      1. I really liked American Poetry, Modern Epic Fantasy, and Russian Lit (which I didn’t think I would like going in). There are some great instructors at AMU – I found that they could make or break a class based on their interactions. Try to research who will be teaching if at all possible before signing up.

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      1. BRIGHT COLORS. Just kidding; something I can relate to. I like reading about pretty much anything. The only types of blogs that I generally don’t follow are ones with a) nothing but poetry, b) nothing but depressing poetry, c) ones that rarely update, d) ones that are not in English, e) ones that are just photos (artwork blogs usually get a pass if you’re really good), f) ones that are all advertising for products/books, g) ones that are just inspirational quotes (to be taken with a grain of salt), h) blogs that are ad hominem/ad feminem.

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      2. Lmao I love how your first two are about poetry. I have nothing against poetry, but I have pretty much no sense of rhythm so it makes reading poems a bit more difficult than I would like.


  3. Hi Steven, I got to this page via your post on scam publishers, which I really liked. It sounds like you may be interested in joining the Military Writers Society of America. The organization is in the midst of a website overhaul, but you can still find out more here, if you are interested. http://www.mwsadispatches.com/ I’ve been a member since 2011 and currently on the board, so I thought I would pass it along. Good luck to you in all you are doing – great blog!

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  4. Hi Steven – the answer to your question is a complicated one. I’ve written two YA fiction novels (“Believing In Horses” and “Believing In Horses, Too”), but I’ve also written many non-fiction stories for other books and publications and my blog. The writing for my business, Veteran Writing Services, LLC, is mostly technical writing. Nice to “meet” you, and let’s stay in touch!


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