Interview with Aborigen

How do you approach cover design?
Usually the cover is dictated by the content: I only think about a cover after the story's written, and so the cover will be a representative scene. Obviously you want to choose a moment that sums up the larger story, the conflict, or the nature of the main character. After that, you have to shop around for an artist you like: I rely on a local graphic artist whose style I like. I'm careful to communicate clearly and we work well together.
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now I'm going through Vonnegut's oeuvre because he does everything well. Great sense of humor, great dramatic twists, great insight into the human condition, everything. Vonnegut is very useful to study, but his stories are also very easy to lose myself in. They clip right along, I care about everyone quickly, and I'm curious to find out what happens next.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I had a Kindle, but it broke after two years for no reason, and their customer service was quite rude. I bought an early-model Nook, which still performs perfectly, but it's no longer supported by Barnes & Noble so I can't install anything on it. Mostly it's just a medium-sized screen for reading docs and that's it, which seems kind of a waste. Now I run Kindle and Nook on my phone and read everything that way: I have no intention of buying another device!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Spreading the word far and wide has been the most successful effort yet. I worked hard on a community on Twitter, and now I have several friends through them, but my potential followers have capped around a few hundred, with no promise of expansion. I can get lots of readers for free, but finding people who will pay for stories, buy commissions, or give me a couple bucks for all the work I've been doing for the past two decades has only come from seeking out ALL the forums, ALL the message boards, and generally making a pest of myself.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. And that's after I've reorganized it. The surface of my desk has a laptop and an extra monitor, with pads of paper and writing guides and notes scattered everywhere else. It has one shelf of Moleskine notebooks, another full of magazines and folders, and the top is more artistic. It features a typewriter, my pen collection, and a couple dozen books on writing, linguistics, and short story collections. There are also glasses and mugs and little bottles of booze stashed here and there.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved around a lot as a kid. There's no one place that was my home or that was more influential than any other. But moving around gave me an early understand of the differences between regions, as well as people's universal similarity. When I moved from middle school in one state to high school in another, it was like there was an agreed-upon template of social hierarchy, and I could pick out the kids who fell into identical roles between schools. That was creepy. But moving around and meeting different people has definitely informed my work. I think enough people already have stable, constant childhoods in common: my experiences will stand out.
When did you first start writing?
Around early elementary school. I liked telling stories, I even set up a fake newspaper for a while. I think one of my babysitters was sick of dealing with me and stuck me in my room, and I'd either practice drawing or I'd write stories. I got lots of attention for both, but I preferred writing after my younger brother started drawing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a collection of short stories. It was really hard to write a bunch of stories and not reflexively share them with everyone who reads my blog or follows me on social media! But I saved them, rewrote them, and put them together for a book that I sold at a convention for size-fantasy writers, artists, actors, producers, etc. One story's very silly, inspired by an illustration of a laughing goblin; another story's an extended sex-romp, based on something that happened to me in a library a long time ago. I love short story collections from one author, to see how different their work is, the breadth of their ability, and I wanted to provide something like that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, I don't know what conventional house would buy my stuff. I think I'm more palatable now, having shifted from fevered erotic fantasy to speculative fiction, but I still think I'm too weird for a mainstream publisher. Maybe certain avant literary magazines would be interested in some of my tamer pieces, but I don't have much faith in that. And I'm not expecting to make it big with indie publishing, but I was very curious to see where it could go. It's become more than a hobby, now that I've seen some moderate success, and so I want to develop it a bit more, more short stories and more books, refine my marketing strategy, and see if I have the capability to be a one-man show, while spreading the word and putting my vision in people's heads. That cracks me up.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A friend of mine said that writers are basically the closest thing we have to true, actual magicians. Someone else drew a webcomic about a kid musing about this ability, how he can put two or three words together and shout them at someone and create an image in their head that wouldn't have occurred to them otherwise. That's what I like about it: creating realities, making people, building worlds, weaving new legends and legacies that entertain a specific kind of person, and then watching those people want more.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are awesome. My fans validate me, they let me know I'm not alone, that they like my perverse ideas and the words I choose to share them. I understand this is supposed to be "art for art's sake," and I could've gone the Henry Darger route and just written tomes of giantess/tiny people sex stories that no one else would ever see. But it feels much better to share these stories online, to work to improve them, and to discover people who say wonderful things like "I remember you from back in the day" or "I'd like to read more in that series of yours." That's the best, building up an audience for the way I like to dance.
What are you working on next?
Now I'm breaking into commissions. People have been offering money for my writing, for specific topics, and I guess this is the time to explore that. What intimidates me about this is that I don't know how much to charge: I know some writers who gouge desperate people for custom work, but I'm keenly aware of the danger of undervaluing yourself, too. If you don't take yourself seriously, other people won't either. That is absolutely how it works. So I'm going to figure out a pricing schedule, lay down my rules, and start accepting commissions.
Published 2017-12-03.
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We Come from Somewhere This Was Real
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