Against the Deep is the largest work I've yet written, and what made it so much fun to write was the numerous times I would be banging out pages and scenes, only to completely surprise myself with where the story took itself. You might ask, "But Stephen, you're the author, how could the story surprise you? Don't you know how it will all go?"
A fair question, and the answers to that point is that while I start out with an inspiration that drove me to write the story, it is like I have to make the journey for myself through an unknown land guided only by that creative spark. As the author, I don't always know what characters I will meet along the way, what strange environments I will trek through, or what revelations will visit themselves upon me in the struggle. It's incredibly rewarding, and the value of that journey is why I will always be a writer. Whether it is legal writing, fiction writing, or adventure writing for my Dungeons & Dragons game, I have been hooked on the written word for as long as I can remember, and I never want to beat this addiction.
Thanks for reading.