Interview with Black Denim Lit

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I think a lot of e-readers are great, I have tried Nook, Kindle, Play Books and variations of ported readers for Android, iPad and iPhone. The Android readers are the most convenient for my pocket device and busy lifestyle. I tend to favor the Kindle for Android.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
We've gotten a lot of new readers from announcements we've made through Twitter. We've found and followed a lot of reasonably well-known "indie authors" who have been gracious enough to follow-back and then re-tweet our announcements, which we make no more than once a day. I think that being part of the community and offering feedback to submitters, offering advice in our WordPress blog and taking the time to read what other authors and magazines have to say has been a great way for us to network.
Describe your desk
It's a kitchen table. Really. I have a large monitor and a old tower sitting on the floor. When we have company, the monitor goes on the floor (like it was bad, facing the wall in shame) and then the side has a bookshelf, teetering printer and there are shipping supplies everywhere. It's a pit. Very well-organized pit.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Illinois and Wisconsin. It did not do much to influence my writing and here's why: no one around me wrote. I was an only child of a single mom who was a loner. This produced a lot of imagination and playtime in either the attic, the basement or the laundry bin. Which ever I was comfortable with that day.
When did you first start writing?
I first wrote a piece at age 7. It was a prose bit describing a pet that had just died. I was stunned that I could not make the written grammar match what I wanted to say. "Donchya" came out "Don't you" etc. My mother insisted that I be correct in writing and it had the unintended effect of improving my speech. It took a long time before I was comfortable writing with a hint of slang like that. I don't stress about it. I am a writer, not a director, so it's not up to me to say, "again, but with a deeper accent."
What's the story behind your latest book?
Artificial Intelligence and its effects on the socialization of the individual using it. Deep stuff. And monsters. There have to be monsters, of course.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I thought everyone was an indie author?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Clearest path to the finish line I have seen in any tools that i have tried. And they are platform-independent AND care about distribution.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Clarifying my imagination. Really. It's the only reason I do it. If I cannot express sufficiently what is going on in my mind then I get all twiddly.
What do your fans mean to you?
Co-conspirators in the art of imagining. They make me a better writer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The mortgage. Actually it's the desire to be involved in everything I love. Family, friends, pets, hobbies, writing, reading, organizing, editing, publishing, eating, etc. I have so much to do and only the rest of one life to do it. I honestly don't know how I will get it all done.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Besides friends and family and day job? Writing about writing. Reading. Writing about reading. Reading about writing. Are you sensing the pattern?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have subscriptions to periodicals. I have newsletters. I search online for recommendations. I have authors I pursue. I get stuff sent to me through reviewer programs.
Published 2014-03-12.
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Books by This Author

Black Denim Lit #8: Return to Waypoint 5
Series: Black Denim Lit Monthly. Price: Free! Words: 44,440. Language: American English. Published: December 14, 2014 by Black Denim Lit. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Black Denim Lit #8 "Return to Waypoint 5": Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders for free through BDLit.com. This month Christopher T. Garry edits together 160 pages of bold, intriguing new fiction from Josh Roseman, Madeline Popelka, Clarissa N G, Cheryl McAlister, Zack Miller, Lisa Shapter, Ken Poyner, Joe Christopher, Ben Spies and Julie Reeser
Black Denim Lit #7: A Suitable Poison
Series: Black Denim Lit Monthly. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 37,230. Language: American English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Black Denim Lit #7 "A Suitable Poison": Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders for free through BDLit.com. This month Christopher T. Garry edits together 140 pages of bold, intriguing new fiction from Robert Stiles, Tiffany Michelle Brown, Rhoads Brazos, John Dromey, Kate Morrow, Scott Blankenship, Sean Monaghan, Linda Boroff
Black Denim Lit #6: The Girl in the Glass Case
Series: Black Denim Lit Monthly. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 34,020. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Black Denim Lit #6 "The Girl in the Glass Case": Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders for free through BDLit.com. This month Christopher T. Garry edits together 124 pages of bold, intriguing new fiction from Kelly Schrock, Zack Miller, Ethan Fast, Geoffrey W. Cole, Matthew Di Paoli, M.T. O’Byrne, Benjamin Schachtman and T.D. Edge
Black Denim Lit #5: No Sleep Till Deadtown
Series: Black Denim Lit Monthly. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 30,920. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Black Denim Lit #5 "No Sleep Till Deadtown": Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders for free through BlackDenimLit.com. This month Christopher T. Garry edits together over a hundred pages of bold, intriguing new fiction from Michael Haynes, Daniel Moore, Suzanne Burns, John Pace, Sarah Vernetti, Elaine Olund, Janet Slike, and Sean Monaghan
Black Denim Lit #4
Series: Black Denim Lit Monthly. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 20,760. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
The May, 2014 issue edited by Christopher T Garry features seven new authors and their short stories. All the authors expand significantly on their print work, creating narratives that are variously dark, cynical, inspiring, disturbing, longing and irreverent. Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders.
Black Denim Lit #1
Series: Black Denim Lit Monthly. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders for free through BlackDenimLit.com. This month Christopher T. Garry brings together 9 pages of bold, intriguing new fiction from George Burdick, expanding significantly on his work with a story of desperation a species under the terrible weight of terraforming.
Black Denim Lit #3
Series: Black Denim Lit Monthly. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 18,390. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders. Black Denim Lit, v1 #3 April, 2014 edited by Christopher T. Garry features seven new short stories. All the authors expand significantly on their print work, creating narratives that are variously dark, cynical, inspiring, disturbing, longing or irreverent.
Black Denim Lit #2
Series: Black Denim Lit Monthly. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 16,160. Language: American English. Published: March 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders. This month Christopher T. Garry brings together sixty pages of bold, intriguing new fiction from Ted Morrissey, Sean Monaghan and David W. Landrum. All the authors expand significantly on their work with dark, speculative tales to give immersive looks into hearts of men and women facing a changing world.