Interview with Christopher J. A. Saint Germain

What is your writing process?
I am the type of writer who puts everything down in one long blast. I then go back later and fix the errors. I have to be in the zone to write. If there are any interruptions, I may put down what I am working on until I can get back into the zone. I have so many words and novels in my head, I may not live long enough to get them all down on paper. That is why photography has becom so important to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever fell in love with was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was five or six years old when I first read it, and I read it 32 times before I finally put it down for good. The writing style I love most now is non-fiction, such as Ted Simon's, Jupiter's Travels. You would never expect that kind of descriptive prose from a man who is riding a motorcycle around the world.
How do you approach cover design?
For the cover of My Muse, I just wanted an old school look. Something you would expect to find hidden in the far corner of a used bookstore and covered in dust.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible is my favorite book, because reading it from cover to cover has changed my life.

The Second Messiah by Robert Knight and Christopher Lomas changed the way I looked at history.

Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon because every paragraph is a work of art.

Repeat until Rich by Josh Axelrad made me realize that technology had made it possible for me to write and sell books.

There are a thousand blogs I peruse, mostly on photography but many on writing styles. I know they aren't books, but the written word is there the information is there and some of those blog authors are true writers who deserve recognition.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an iPad and I hate it. I hate my iPhone too. They have become necessary evils in my life, to stay connected. I call them my iProblems. I think I need to see an iDoctor.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Coupons are great for getting people to look at your page. You have to build interest somehow. Poetry is not a highly prized commodity these days. In the 1800's I would have had drinks bought for me if I recited my words publicly. These days there seems to be just a small ragtag die-hard fleet of street poets keeping the prose alive.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was very poor growing up. We lived in the desert and I had a motorcycle. I would ride out into the sand and find deep ravines to park the bike in. I would lose myself in the desert. I always had a tablet of paper with me. I wrote thousands of songs and poems when I was in high school. They are all lost now, and probably for the better. They might not have been all that good.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first poem when I was eight. It was shortly after my father died. It was called "Life is like a Wolf, Sadly Howling to the Throbbing of the Earth." I must have been an interesting child to have to deal with.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am currently working on a travelogue, documenting my motorcycle travels across the Republic of Korea. It is called, "Thunder in the Land of the Morning Calm." I am searching for an agent for this project.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is pure release for me. I started reading at a very young age and absorbed as much as I could, as fast as I could. I did not complete a high degree of education, but languages have always come easy to me. I learned Spanish as a child, Italian when I lived in that country and now I speak Korean. Words to me are like secret codes. I like to twist them and play with them. Sometimes I want to be as clear as possible in my communication skills and other times I opt to weave possible allusions and allegory into my work.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have fans, I have friends. We are all on the level and have something special to give.
Published 2014-08-03.
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Books by This Author

My Muse
Price: Free! Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Biography
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Christopher J. A. Saint Germain wrote his first poem at the age of eight, shortly after his father was killed in a tragic automobile accident. My Muse is a select collection of Christopher's work.