MEET STEVEN

Behind the Writer

Becoming a rock star was always the ambition of Steven. He dreamed of touring the world, being mobbed by fans and living in a vast LA mansion. However, as the years accumulated and his band broke up, he pined for a new creative outlet. He signed up for a Creative Writing course at a local college and after winning a tiny cup in a short story competition in 2016, he realised he may have something valuable to share with his writing. Pens replaced guitars as his creative tool of choice, and since then Steven has written prolifically, constantly exploring new themes, genres and ideas. It’s hard work, but he's never happier than when sitting at his desk or a coffee shop putting the opening words to a new story on paper. 

 

Steven writes novels, short stories and occasional non-fiction pieces. His first novel, Under the Moss, is published by SRL and he's busy writing his second. Steven's debut short story collection, Little Islands, was released shortly after his novel and collects together his prize-winning work and those published in literary journals. He's been published recently in Popshot Quarterly and CafeLit magazine, and Under the Moss was a Page Turner Writing Award finalist and long-listed for the Laxfield Literary Launch Prize. Steven has an MA in Creative Writing (with a distinction!) and he's the chairperson of the sixty-eight-year-old Verulam Writers group. He's a member of the Society of Authors. 

Originally from Peterborough and now based in St Albans, UK, Steven is available for readings, creative writing workshops and mentoring.

Steven Mitchell is the pen name of Phil Mitchell (Google Phil Mitchell to see why).

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INFLUENCES

Some of Steven's favourite authors

Haruki Murakami

Raymond Carver

Han Kang

Max Porter

Daisy Johnson

Karl Ove Knussgard

George Saunders

Cormac McCarthy

Ottessa Moshfegh

Kazuo Ishiguro

Andrew Michael Hurley

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

and the amazing Roald Dahl