In Episode 256, C. Steven Manley (Chuck), and I talk about what it’s like to be a creative kid when you don’t get any encouragement from grown-ups, the advice from a Sergeant that changed his trajectory, role playing games, writing fun adventure stories, making it as an indie, balancing the creative side with the business side, being a Renaissance man, and much more.
About C. Steven Manley:
C.Steven Manley (most people just call him ‘Chuck’) has lived the bulk of his life collecting skills and experiences that have made him into something resembling a human Swiss Army Knife. He spent his youth on the wrong side of most tracks and always going places he was told not to. He joined the United States Air Force where he learned about airplanes, electronics, and his irrepressible tendency to want to know why he was being told to do something. From there, his life was a series of successes and misadventures that led him into a variety of jobs including cruise control transducer tester, engineering test technician, door to door jewelry salesman, mental health care worker, obesity skin care technician, Cardiovascular Technologist, and, finally, stay at home dad and writer. He’s been writing since he was eight and has no intention of stopping regardless of whether or not anyone reads his brain-sweat. When not writing or shuttling children around, he enjoys tabletop/computer RPG gaming, cooking, comic books, and generally living like a tech-challenged geek. He lives in Alabama with his wife, kids, dogs, cat, and ever growing collection of books.
He’s the author of The Paragons Trilogy, The Brace Cordova Space Opera Series, and a short story collection called Walking Worlds. He also dispenses writing advice as the host of The Story Shots podcast. Like most everyone else, he can be found on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook. Check out www.cstevenmanley.net where you can find out more and sign up for his spam free mailing list.
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