S. H. Mansouri
The Sound of Steel on Stone, fiction, Issue 38, March 15, 2017
When did you start writing? About two years ago.
When and what and where did you first get published? December of 2014 was my first paid publication for a short story entitled “The Big Purple.” Acidic Fiction, run by Steve Davis, picked it up after a rewrite request.
What themes do you like to write about? Most of my writing comes out dark and a bit brutal. I like realism, to paint worlds and characters which are gray. I like to write from the perspective of the underdog. Sacrifice is a big theme of mine.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? The Little Prince, The Last Leaf by O’Henry, The Giving Tree, Ballad of the Harp Weaver, Martin’s short work. My mother sacrificed a lot for her children and some of these stories were passed down to me. Sacrifice, physically and spiritually, is a quality I grew up witnessing from my mother. It can be beautiful and bittersweet at times. My characters pick up the same qualities sometimes, like Illio and Sillus the Red in “The Sound of Steel on Stone” or Sepia the dragon in my story “Tied to the Whim of a Tender Tyrant.”
I grew up wanting to be a beach bumb, then a philosopher, then Bruce Lee, and finally I got my BS in Biology from UC Riverside. After working in the field for some years, I turned to my love of books and storytelling. My mother always had books around and I was always a big reader. The love of my life, Cymphonee, helped me realize what I wanted to devote my time to. Now I spend my time doing what I love: writng all things fiction. My hard drive just died, so I’m now in the process of recovering tons of stories. Back your work up folks. Thank you for your time.
Learn more at my blog Carved in Sand at shmansouriblog.wordpress.com