Stephen is extremely busy nowadays. He is editing a charitable anthology to help the survivors of the recent earthquake in Nepal. The anthology is named: Magnitude – The Awakening Of Nepal. Read his answers to grasp the benevolent soul of the chief editor.
Kiriti: Stephen, with Magnitude you would be crossing the borders of your country and aiming to help a cause in a foreign land. How does it feel to reach out to them who are not your native countrymen?
Stephen L Wilson: I am honored and happy to reach out across borders to help. As always, it is a great feeling to be able to work with so many talented people from across the globe, in so many capacities.
Kiriti: I am not being negative towards your hard work and motivation. Magnitude – The Awakening Of Nepal bears more poetry than prose-pieces. Aren’t you afraid of being not-so-successful commercially this time around? Your other works Twist Of Fate and Angels Cried have been appealing even to the general readers of literature. With more poems appearing in Magnitude, aren’t you confining your work to a definite group of readers?
Stephen L Wilson: My intent is never to be commercially successful. From the beginning, the anthologies are a creative outlet for artists and poets who would like to help out with a cause, but who may not be able to otherwise do so. In the process, we stand to raise a bit of money for charity. At no point in the process do I ever pay much attention to commercial success. I feel that if IIA* can offer a quality book at an affordable price, people will buy it rather than make a straight cash donation, so that they may have something tangible to show for their charity.
[IIA stands for Indies In Action, a virtual group of like-minded people, and functions on Facebook.]