What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am new to epublishing, I'm trying to create interest on twitter and as a page on facebook
Describe your desk
My desk is the dining table in my living room. Sometimes it's also a felled tree in the park or my notebook on the subway. I like to be surrounded by chaos while writing sometime and take my notebook out to a bar in my neighbourhood. Sometimes the best way to be creative is to be surrounded by other people's energies.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a city. There are novels walking around everywhere. I had several jobs, like in health, theatre, bartending and film. But where I got to know people the best and be most empathically receptive was as a late night hot dog vendor in downtown Toronto. People will say the strangest things to people who are totally accessible. This is where I learned the greatest form of self-defence is active listening and what people are willing to admit to total strangers. The human condition is so interesting and when you're allowed to be honest, amazing and terrifying things happen.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing crime novels when I was just 8 years old. I had one of those pens that had 4 options of colours to click. I would use a different ink for each voice.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was going through a divorce, I had all of this sexual energy that didn't have any healthy outlet. I started this as a very short story one day and it gave me such pleasure to write this, I kept on creating so that I wouldn't pick up too many strangers at bars.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been trying to get a romance novel published, but each one I did fell outside of what they were asking for. I found the process actually dampened my creativity. I love dialogue mainly and being in the story to the point where I can't push it to the required limits of word count or what someone else wants. Today we live in a great age where we can publish what we want. Though I have been widely published as a poet, I never broke the market as a novelist. Here I can create and write as P.K. Wilder and I love it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, we'll see haha. Again this is my first novel under this name. But I picked Smashwords because they have a great philosophy, go to bad for indie writers and have a simple program to create the bits of my heart that are erotica novellas.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to be engaged in creative ways. It makes everything brighter, tastier and being a conduit means you're tapped into dreams. Writing also brings me to my greatest love, the stage and hearing people experience my writing in real time gives me such joy. When I get their feedback, it brings me into their lives in positive ways.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are everything to me. Knowing that I can inspire people to chase their dreams or be proud of who they are is my aim. Sex is too often a tool for negative power structures. It should be what opens you up, brings you pleasure. I've been shamed for my sexuality and that's not acceptable in a world of billions of people. When I hear someone was freed by my unabashed writing, it frees me as well.
What are you working on next?
I am going to try to do a novella a month. I will be continuing this series of ménage à trois novels as I had a tough time finding them on the internet. Threesomes can sometimes save a marriage, realize a dream, or open someone up to a sexuality they didn't have the courage to explore without their partner being involved in a positive way.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed and start writing each day. Also my dog needs breakfast. Between the two, I wake up with a smile on my face. Or sometimes, if I'm not alone, I'm inspired by the person in the bed with me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a musician, spoken word artist, playwright and as a workshop facilitator. When I'm not doing those things, I'm hiking with my dog or writing or hanging with dear friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I do searches of what I'm thirsting for on platforms like Smashwords. I'm always willing to try a new writer if I like the cover and preview.
What is your writing process?
I try to write every day. I get up in the morning and find a word, or a prompt and go with it. If I write at the end of the days sometimes I find I'm very clouded by all the influences of it and it's hard to be authentically creative. Sometimes I get a vision of a piece I'd like to do and it brews until one day I have to stop everything and get down the tone I find for it.
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