Interview with Carl Bettis

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow dozens of blogs and social media feeds for authors, librarians and bibliophiles. Librarians in particular tend to have good taste, and more importantly, are able to separate their personal preferences from their considered professional opinion. Some of the authors whose blogs and/or Twitter feeds I follow are J.A. Konrath, John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear and Cherie Priest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do remember the first story I ever wrote. I was in junior high (longer ago than I care to calculate), and we had a substitute teacher who told us to do as we liked, as long as we were quiet. I began scribbling an awful, modifier-laden tale about a daredevil cat burglar who bore a striking resemblance to myself. Well, aside from things like my clumsiness, social awkwardness, and total lack of athleticism.
What is your writing process?
I don't have a single writing process, especially when it comes to poetry. Sometimes I begin with a mood, sometimes with an image, sometimes with a phrase. I generally don't know where a poem is headed when I start out. Often I'll scribble off in a dozen different directions, then later cut and rearrange to find the poem.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a novel, an art project, a handful of short stories, and collaborating with my wife on a screenplay and some songwriting.
Published 2014-10-25.
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Books by This Author

Look/Don't Look
Price: $2.91 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: American English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Poems of the eerie and eldritch, from the creepy to the comic.
Cthulhu-ku: Haiku in the Cthulhu Mythos
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Cthulhu-ku is a collection of brief poems, mostly humorous, inspired by the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Perfect for Halloween or for the weird fiction fan. "The sad end of her / show biz career: crowned the next / Pickman's Top Model."