This section contains various questions people might have about me. Rather than just repeat them every single time, I’ll put them here for your convenience. This will be updated as my career progresses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
My name is Steven Capobianco, author of stories such as City of Kaiju, The Daughter of Dragons, and The Legends of Eifalia, which I hope to get published someday. More information can be found on my about page.
Any identifiers I should know about?
I’m white, mainly Italian-American, and go by He/Him pronouns.
What do you write?
I write speculative fiction (mainly fantasy) geared towards the middle-of-the-road age group. 10-17 is my target. Some of my stories have lighthearted plots but I’m not afraid to be dark and serious. Think of my stories having a PG or PG-13 rating. Silly, maybe violent, but tame enough that you could show it to your kids. No sex, gore or explicit language. (The worst you might hear is “damn” or something similar).
Are you related to Michael Capobianco of SFWA?
As far as I’m aware, I have no relation to him. I don’t know any Michael’s in my family.
How do your pronounce your last name?
For some reason, my last name is always mispronounced. I hear Copobianco, or Cobianco or something along those lines. It’s pronounced exactly as it’s spelled. If, for some reason, it’s still hanging on you, it’s pronounced Kah-poh-bee-ahn-ko. Ca-Po-Bi-An-Co. I know this is silly, but you’d be amazed at how many people mispronounce my last name.
What is your rule on fan works, like fan art and fan fiction?
I’m okay with having fan art and fan fiction based on any of my works as long as the following happens:
- You’re not profiting off my work.
- I’m okay with you having a Patreon account and you feature fan art based on my works, but I’m not okay with you making a fan fiction collection of your stories and selling it on amazon.
- You don’t claim the work as your own. That’s theft and it’s wrong. And yes, changing my characters and giving them a different name (Ethan Alden to Ethin Aldin) is still stealing. Please be original with your material.
- Obviously, I can’t stop the slew of NSFW content, despite most efforts. Rule 34 and all of that. That said, I do write child characters around the ages of ten and sixteen and under no circumstances do I condone NSFW of any characters considered a “minor.” This is considered pedophilia, it is a crime, and I will report to the proper authorities and have the image removed via legal action if necessary.
While I’m all in favor with fan material, I have to set boundaries somewhere. If you have issues with any of these, I’m willing to discuss them.
Will all of your characters be young?
Mostly. My novels tend to have younger characters, but my short stories might feature adult aged characters and be a little mature in regards to the market I want to submit to. The same rules apply; I won’t push past a PG-13 rating. My heroes will be as young as 8 and as old as 25. Overall, I want to entertain and have a magical and innocent feel to all of my works.