Interview with S. M. Shuford

Published 2019-04-15.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The urge to write is more of a clinical obsession than anything. I have pocketed far too many phantoms. They start to clog up my head, so every now and then it's necessary to exorcise a few to make room for different ones.
What motivated me to be mostly independent with my writing, however, is the crookedness and pandering of the book industry. They are afraid of everything, and I am afraid to write nothing. Publishing my books myself or through presses that I know value their books and authors keeps my work held back by fewer barriers.
What are you working on next?
Ah, this question is something of a paradox. A variable and yet also a constant.
I will say that as of this interview, I'm currently working on the S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection, an ongoing saga that compiles most of my poetry and is to some degree autobiographical, hence the blatant narcissism of the title. There is set to be thirteen to fifteen books in total in that series. After that, in 2020 I'll have another handful of large-scale poetry compilations, similar to 2018's Loverboy, a short story collection and slowly eke my way into writing novels on a regular basis.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It's a smoothie of recommendations, avid hunting for new things to read, and random chance. Book-seeking is one of the few things that's better if you're pretty much careless in how you go about it.
What is your writing process?
Vomit a mass of something vaguely interesting. Rinse the excess words off. Polish them. Publish it. Kill the thing you bore and rebuild it Frankenstein-style when you decide it wasn't good enough the first time. You know, the usual way.
How do you approach cover design?
If it's being published by my own hand, I'll usually just paint or draw it, or utilize stock images. I prefer an abstract and colourful mood for most of my covers, and that's fairly easy to do if you have a basic knowledge of painting and Photoshop.
How long does one of your books take to publish?
By myself, it can take anywhere from a handful of months to two years. The actual writing of the book takes far less time, but piecing it together in a way that's presentable and designing the cover are the real source of the trouble.
What's the most you've written in a day?
Well, if we're measuring quantity of writing in pages, about sixty. If we're measuring in poems, then about forty. Writing doesn't tend to take me a terribly long time, it's only the editing that hampers me!
You seem to feature cannibalism a lot in your work.
Everyone's got their niche, and mine is the literary savage. I'm sure you have a worse one lurking in there if you'd look.
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Books by This Author

Infinite Summer
Series: S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection. Price: Free! Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Infinite Summer is spun with a love that peaks and dies like the sun. Inspired by the dual nature of fairytales, this collection of poems is heavy with magic, ghosts, and memories lost to the golden enchantments of a summer's day. Infinite Summer is in equal parts haunting and charming, a macabre kind of romance that only an imp's curse could bring about.
Blood Ballet
Series: S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection. Price: Free! Words: 3,810. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Straight from the dark side of the female experience, this collection is a theatre of blood sprouted from an embryo of prejudice, injustice and mental illness. The poems in Blood Ballet may wear a violent mask, but their core holds a thousand years of women's heartbreak and pain. Blood Ballet is a social and psychological horror story of murders, witch hunts, self-harm and nightmares
Cosmic Love
Series: S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection. Price: Free! Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Solemn and dreamlike, Cosmic Love paints a vivid image of love and hurt in the wake of an unknowable future. An infusion of science and magic, heart and mind, this poetry collection rains down its verses like stars. Cosmic Love is nothing short of inspiring with its dark, imaginative romances.