Steven Amsterdam is an American writer. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he also works as a palliative care nurse.
|A story is built on characters and reasons.|
|Being with a small publisher has been huge. They bat for me for everything.|
|Fiction demands structures and recognizable shapes. Big surprises only draw attention to the writer's hand.|
|Nursing demands vigilance about people. The sights and smells that a patient offers, their movements and their offhand comments all contribute crucial information to understanding what they need. Training and experience heighten one's ability to see what needs to be seen.|
|Until I became a nurse, no one had ever asked me to sign a book contract. I had been writing for decades, read thousands of books, and even worked in publishing for 10 years. Who knew that nursing would be my break?|
|You walk into someone's house and they're dying, or they've got a family member who is dying. Your needs are minor; you're there to serve and to advise and to educate. You're not there to provide yourself.||Families, Children & Parenting|