Interview with Andy Stilpactrik

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been reading since I was 4 years old. I do not recall the title of the first story I ever read, but the first that I remember is the Dr. Seuss classic, "There's a Wocket In My Pocket!" At the time, I couldn't read all of it by myself, but what I could fathom was fascinating! Who can understand all of a Dr. Seuss book anyway? Ever since, I read everything that I can find, including books of all kinds, newspaper and magazine articles, billboards, ingredient labels, pamphlets I find on the bus, notes people leave in books and graffiti. I will never get enough, and I'm thrilled to know that there are more books in the world than I will ever be able to finish reading.
What is your writing process?
My best ideas usually occur to me in the shower, or while doing some mindless task. I've also gotten some seeds for stories from conversations with friends. When I get an idea, I write it down, because my memory is tricky. I always have a notepad with me for this purpose. I write ideas as I get them, even if they're terrible. I can always edit them later.
Describe your desk
I compose my stories with an ergonomic keyboard set up on an L-shaped, particle-board contraption that used to belong to my dad. The cupboards and shelves are stuffed with books, magazines, newspaper articles, CDs, notebooks, age-old homework (I graduated 4 years ago, but you never know what you can glean from homework), thumb drives, writing implements and random bits of junk. Here's a few of the book titles: The Great Gatsby, The Book of Five Rings, Japanese for Dummies, Amphigorey, The Bhagavad Gita, Divine Healing Hands, and The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex. A clip system that I fabricated from a broken hanger props important things in front of my face so I don't forget them. Sometimes it works. To the right of my chair there is a green Amazon parrot called Music. I didn't name him. I would have named him Noise. Amazons are loud. I can hear him in the park across the street when he really gets going.
How do you approach cover design?
I've only designed one cover so far, but I like it! The concept came from a vision I had of what it should be and feedback from a friend. For the next one, who knows?
What do you read for pleasure?
Biographies, classics, sci fi, current events articles, National Geographic, histories, short stories
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My smart phone (I read on the bus)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is my first time, so I don't know yet
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I learned how to draw letters.
What's the story behind your latest book?
While I was working at my job, I was thinking about communication and how language evolves. The world may seem to be a smaller place than it was 100 years ago, because of telephones, faster travel and the internet. What happens when we expand, as a species, and there are once again vast distances between us?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Ursula Le Guin said that to write she puts herself in her world, opens her eyes, and looks around. The joy for me is describing what I experience in my world so that my reader is there as well, and we have a shared journey. Some ideas are best expressed through fiction, especially abstract ideas.
Published 2015-11-12.
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Growing Our Future
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High Maintenance
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