I first started in high school, inspired by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe and Shelley. A teacher in my sophomore year recommended that I write down my impressions on Poe's Collected Tales, and I haven't turned back since. I was mesmerized by old Gothic fiction and 90's alternative rock music. Writing became my escape.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Gray Rigorism depicts a day in the life of a teen who contemplates suicide after much difficulty in her life. She gets into drugs, develops depression and struggles to cope with her set of circumstances. It's not a winding plot that features many characters interweaving in different events. It highlights what a day of moral and physical isolation can do to a young woman who is cast into the fringes of society and how the occurrence of suicidal ideation and self-mutilation can accompany many other symptoms of drug addiction and depression.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Gray Rigorism showcases flowing, lyrical prose and psychological insight similar to what can be found in my body of work. I wanted to share a concrete example of what I am capable of as an author as I attempt to attract a wider audience for my forthcoming collection of stories, Insanity By Increments.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provided me an easy, effective means to get market presence with its wide distribution and range of tools. An author can easily use Smashwords to promote work otherwise difficult to publish traditionally.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is in my blood and it's literally the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning. I always aim to evolve as an artist. It's what I do regardless of financial success or critical acclaim I receive.
What do your fans mean to you?
I appreciate people who are interested in my work as any artist needs the support of his fan base in order to continue releasing new material. I am a fan of other authors and artists myself and appreciate the contributions these individuals have made to the literature and the arts.
What are you working on next?
I've set a few stories aside for Smashwords, so fans should expect the next two to be published shortly. Insanity By Increments, a short story collection I am actively marketing to agents and major publishers, should see the light of day by 2015 in paperback and hardbound. I've received a lot of positive feedback on it, and if you like Gray Rigorism, you'll love Insanity By Increments. If Gray Rigorism didn't win you over, Insanity By Increments should still make a positive impression on you.
Who are your favorite authors?
Edgar Allan Poe first got me started, but I love William Trevor, James Salter, Alice Munro as well. I read a lot of short story collections and I find a lot of gems.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I need a daily dose of music and lierature. I'd love to own a home close to a pond or lake someday, as the view of either from a deck or sunroom helps me look forward to each day with renewed enthusiasm.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a contributor at SummoningSpirits.com and I tank in a lot of music to write about in reviews and other articles. I play sports and enjoy the outdoors sometimes. It's a blast to discover new artists, writers, musicians, and eat good food.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly by social media or word-of-mouth. The biggest way a fan can help a new author these days is just be vocal about their support. I always encourage fans to tell their friends what's new in books and music, as I personally do for work I can appreciate.
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