My series of interviews with independent authors of literary fiction continues this week with Steve Bargdill, itinerant writer and writing instructor currently hailing from Knoxville, Ohio. Steve is also an aspiring “PhD wannabe” (his words, not mine) whose knowledge of literature runs from an entrenched understanding of the classics to those works of literary fiction developed by independent authors in more recent times. The latter category, he believes, sadly faces an uphill climb in capturing reader attention due to the fact that the FIRST category was forcefully spoon-fed to those readers at an earlier time, thus developing in their sensibilities an instinct to recoil and avoid.
Steve also believes effective storytelling more than genre captures reader attention. He does consider himself a writer of literary fiction but recognizes the term carries such a weight that it distracts, puts off and generally doesn’t help writers hoping to market their work in that arena.
Here’s Steve Bargdill.