Interview with S. M. Shuford

What's the story behind your latest book?
I had an image in my head of a man drifting through space, he was no longer himself but a parasite which had found him in the void, so I had sketched a drawing of this and somehow words formed from it. It sounds odd that a book called Cosmic Love should come from a galactic tapeworm, but that's what caused it. The cover art is the same character from that picture but I changed it to look more retro and romantic than science-fiction.
How do you approach cover design?
Brutal yet haphazard dedication - I design my own and it's a somewhat wearing (but worth it) process of sketching and digital clean-up. Not perfect maybe, but I love that it directly showcases the personality I had in mind for the book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being able to write my own rules. No censorship and no frustrating waits. Also I feel that independent books are more accessible.
What do you read for pleasure?
Any and all flavours of books! I'm a flighty reader and like a variety, and I usually will do a theme for awhile before trying another genre. Like for example, read dark romance for a few weeks then move on to classic sci-fi.
Up at the top, permanently, would have to be horror. I can't really explain it, but I have always had a deep appreciation for the genre, I suppose because I remember dreams much clearer and more fondly than real events, and that would include nightmares?
Describe your desk
I grow planets and baby homunculi in test tubes, so there is something classy to sit on top of my piles of books. There is a clock whose hours are in algebraic equations, and often a dead crow can be found on the western edge, but other times he has flown away.
Published 2018-02-16.
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Books by This Author

MHz
Price: Free! Words: 950. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Horror » General
MHz and Absolute Pressure – two sets of haiku breathing from the same lungs. Chaotic, obsessive and industrial, these poems pump out the hallucinogenic fumes of dreams. (Recommended 15+)
Infinite Summer
You set the price! Words: 950. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Infinite Summer is a love that peaks and dies like the sun’s warmth. Mystical and melancholic, these haiku express the deep agony of love and memories lost to the golden enchantments of midsummer, and broken by the decay of winter thereafter.
Blood Ballet
Price: Free! Words: 1,010. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Blood Ballet and Paradox Phenomena – two poetry sets harvested from the same embryo. Sensual and discomforting, these haiku are the gruesome songs of mourning ghouls and dead maidens. They are a step into a dark pool of subconscious desires and fears. Contains an exclusive introduction for the eBook format only. Contains mild content such as nightmarish imagery, recommended 14+.
Cosmic Love
Price: Free! Words: 960. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(4.00 from 1 review)
Cosmic Love and Parasite of the Sun - two sets of haiku romantically infused into one. Solemn, dreamy and strange, they paint a vivid image of love and hurt in the wake of an unknowable future. Updated April 2018 with a new introduction exclusive to eBook format.