Interview with Camestros Felapton

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Timothy usually starts target practice in the library where I sleep. It isn't just the gunfire that wakes me but the damage he does to the books and furniture.
Does your cat really write these books or is it you pretending to be your cat?
The actual TYPING is done by the meat robot. That is a bio sentient machine that runs a variety of simulators and concept generators and consumes organics for energy. The ideas, much of the words, whole sentences etc are devised by Timothy and I fix things up. Then the robot types it all out.
McEdifice is an excellent role model for manly men everywhere.
That's not a question - it is a statement. I wouldn't want people to emulate McEdifice. He is a work of fiction (although he disputes this) and people may find themselves feeling needlessly inadequate in comparison. We don't want to set unrealistic expectations.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In a cryochamber or traveling across dimensions fighting the forces of evil. Also I draw pictures and blog.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
They are on my Kindle. That is an odd question. Do other people have their ebooks appear somewhere else? Do they get randomly delivered to your washing machine and you find a free-copy of Treasure Island mixed up with your socks?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. My past is a blur of contradictions.
How do you approach cover design?
With great gusto! I love cover design. I love to make covers for books before I've written them or thought of a title. I make covers for books that don't exist. I like books from other people to have restrained and subtle covers but personally I like to make bold IN YOUR FACE covers with spaceships blowing up. I'm trying to work out how to make pictures with really smoky effects, so currently my book cover designs have lots of smoke on them and/or clouds.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Galactic Pot Healer by Philip K Dick, The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin, The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, and then too many to chose from for number five.
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Cool cover, clever book design, interesting concepts, bribery. Actually nobody has tried bribery but I'm willing for major publishers to try that with me as a marketing technique.
Describe your desk
A set of intersecting cuboids, prisms and cylinders coated with bits of paper other people have helpfully given to me because they don't understand how email works.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I didn't really grow up. I instantiated in the head of a robot who does the menial stuff like typing, metabolizing things etc. I guess it grew up but I try not to pry into its personal life too much because it is probably quite dull.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I came into being.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Destiny, fate and a prophecy from a talking badger called Sparkles the Badger who pointed the way to the one true path.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They let me publish the book - the fools.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Eating cakes while I write.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well they keep me cool in summer when the air-conditioning is broken. Ironically the air-conditioning works fine in winter.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ursula Le Guin, Umberto Eco, Philip K Dick
Are you OK? You sound a bit funny. Would you like a glass of water?
Published 2018-04-07.
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Books by This Author

The Felapton Digest 2017
Price: Free! Words: 55,460. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 7, 2018. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
An exciting compilation of essay, pictures and nonsense from the 2018 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Fanwriter, Camestros Felapton.
McEdifice Returns
Price: Free! Words: 30,880. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
From Timothy the Talking Cat and Straw Puppy comes Chiseled McEdifice’s latest and greatest adventure. All he wanted was a peaceful life after decades of fighting evil but a cowardly attack sets him off on a bicycle ride of revenge and into an adventure across space and time.
There Will Be Walrus: First Volume V
Price: Free! Words: 22,180. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Essay » Political
Timothy the Talking Cat made me publish this. I'm so very, very sorry. Camestros Felapton