Monday, May 31, 2010

Interview and Giveaway with Science Fiction Author Steve Rzasa

It's my pleasure to welcome back science fiction author Steve Rzasa.


Steve Rzasa was born and raised in South Jersey, and fell in love with books – especially science fiction novels and historical volumes – at an early age. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University’s College of Communications in 2000, and then spent seven years as a reporter and assistant editor at weekly newspapers in Maine. Steve moved to Wyoming in 2007 to become the editor of a weekly newspaper there, and now works at the local library. He and his wife Carrie have two boys and live in Buffalo, Wyoming. His favorite authors include C.J. Cherryh, David Drake, Robert Heinlein, Kathy Tyers, Chris Walley and David Weber.

More information about Steve’s books is available at and


JA: The Word Unleashed is a sequel to The Word Reclaimed. What are the challenges and blessings involved in writing a sequel as opposed to something totally new?
SR: Well, part of the blessing of writing The Word Unleashed is that it and The Word Reclaimed were originally one book. So the beginning, middle and ending were already there. The challenge came in splitting Commissioned (as the manuscript was originally titled) into two – it necessitated the writing of whole new chapters, scenes, as well as the removal of old and creation of new characters. It was an overall rewarding process to conclude the two-part story.

JA: How do you come up with your story ideas?
SR: Well, I just kind of daydream, I guess. A lot of times I happen to think of a scene or a combination of characters – or a starship – and then it all kind of flows from there. Once I put pen to paper and write down that idea, more ideas seem to come naturally. But many times I troll through the current events and see what can be adapted as a future plot.

JA: How does your faith impact your writing?
SR: My faith drives me to present what I believe about God rather directly. It enhances my creativity and gives me the freedom to address topics not necessarily just for a secular or Christian audience.

JA: After becoming a published author, what surprised you the most?
SR: The biggest surprise was that people other than my family and friends read my book and liked it! I’ve been gratified that men and women of varying ages – from 70s right on down to middle school – have enjoyed reading The Word Reclaimed and The Word Unleashed.

JA: What do you think about writing contests? Have you participated in any? What’s the benefit to an unpublished writer?
SR: I won second prize in the 2009 Christian Writing Contest held by Athanatos Christian Ministries for my short story, Rescued. It serves, I think, as a way to show potential publishers that an unbiased source read and liked your work, so I would encourage submitting to such contests.

JA: What’s next for you in the writing arena?
SR: I’m working on a novel set in the same Face of the Deep universe as the first two, except taking place a couple of years later. It is a kind of follow-up to my short story Rescued, which you can read at I’ve also got some short stories from the Face of the Deep universe in the works.

JA: What’s your idea of a dream vacation?
SR: Let’s see – eating donuts from Dot’s Pastries at 7:30 a.m., spending the first half of the day on the beach, lounging around, reading, writing, drawing, playing with my boys, visiting my family – wait a sec, that’s what I do every summer in Ocean City, NJ!

JA:  Sounds like you're living the high life, Steve! Thanks so much for visiting with us today.

The Word Unleashed
Book 2: The Face of the Deep

Baden’s book won’t leave him alone.
He’d like nothing more than to get rid of the Bible he found in the wreckage if a derelict starship. It’s brought trouble – the secret police are closing in on him. He’s fighting more with his father. And he fears that the young woman he loves may be falling under the book’s spell.
But he can’t seem to let it go.
Now he’s sharing what he’s read with believers who have awaited the return of God’s Word for decades. His mysterious rescuer, Jason, wants the Bible taken to a safe place.
So now it’s his choice. He can hide it, or proclaim it.
With Kesek in control of the Realm and coming after all its opponents, Baden will have to trust not only in his friends but in a contingent of elite soldiers determined to save the king.
He’ll have to come to grips with the power he has unleashed on the Realm of Five. And that power has plans of its own.


If you’d like to be entered to win a copy of The Word Unleashed , just leave a comment on this blog. I’ll pick a winner at random on June 7th. (No, you're not imagining things... I extended the contest to give more people time to enter. Tell your friends!) Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you're the winner. (To prevent spammers from trolling for your email, please use this format with the brackets--you [at] yourmail [dot] com--or something similar.) Good luck!


Matt Koceich said...

Thanks Jen and Steve for the interview...and the chance to win a copy of Steve's book.

Ryan said...

I'd like to win the book, nice interview! jojasiah67[at]gmail[dot]com

traveler said...

Thanks for this giveaway and the enjoyable interview. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

windycindy said...

I should be so lucky as to daydream and then be a talented writer...
Many thanks for an interesting interview and an opportunity to win
and read Steve's book!

Jake said...

I'd like a chance to win the book!

I'm one of the 'middle schoolers' Steve mentioned. I LOVE his books.


Jan Marie said...

I am intrigued by this book and would like a chance to win. Great interview!


Jo said...

Thanks for the great interview. My hubby loves to read sci-fi and would love to get the book for him.


Jennifer AlLee said...

Hey guys! Great to see all of your here. Whoever wins the book is going to be one lucky reader :+}

Anonymous said...

人不可以求其備,必捨其所短,取其所長 ............................................................

Tracy Krauss said...

love Sci- Fi and this book sounds very intriguing. I'm glad I got in on the contest before it was too late!

lotus82 said...

I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.


Anonymous said...

THis book looks bery intereesting. Please enter me in the drawing.
Thank you.

Rachel Kruisenga


Anonymous said...

Please enter me.


Anonymous said...

WOuld love to win. Please enter me.

Thank you much.


Ann Lee Miller said...

Love to win. Throw my name in!

Ann Lee Miller

misskallie2000 said...

I enjoyed your interview Steve. This does sound like a great suspense filled book. I would love to win and read. Have added you to my new author list and this book to my wish list. Thanks for stopping by to chat.

Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Jennifer AlLee said...

And the winner is... Stefany! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and entered the drawing. Be blessed!