What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Incentives. German chocolate cake and whiskey.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southern California and this influenced my writing by stifling it for many years. I was out living life and didn't have time to write. It wasn't until I got older (the last ten years) that I began writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
That would be The Long Lost Trial of Socrates. The trial of Socrates has always been murky at best? Why? It is felt by many scholars that the charges against old Soc would have been viewed negatively by most of the public. (Socrates' alleged atheism toward Athen's gods, and his corrupting the youth-Telling them that democracy was a load of crap. (Which it is, of course). I have consulted with the psychic hotline and now have the full story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've had a couple books published by regular publishers but really, it's your only chance to be published today. (At least your books). Mainstream publishers tend to favor pretty wordsmiths that have very shiny prose and nothing to say. I'm the opposite on both counts. It seems to have always been this way. Most of the so-called great writers I've read are wonderful wordsmiths but almost devoid of any original thought or ideas. They are like pre-approved drones that carry the pre-approved message to the hinterlands. The only writers I've really liked are idea guys like Bukowski, Orwell, Voltaire, Mencken.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Way too early to tell. But I will let you know.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Giving me a purpose in life. Of course there is no innate, intrinsic or inherent purpose to anything, including life. As critters that evolved from little 2 inch long pre-Cambrian worms some 650 million years ago, we are forced to go out and then invent our meanings and purposes. For some it's god, booze, sex, money pursuit of fame, whatever, take your pick. What actually happens is that we all then, by choosing our preferred area, effectuate the placebo effect for ourselves. Meaning, it really doesn't have any meaning but by steadfastly believing it does, many of us are then able to prestidigitate a pretty nice little bunny. We are performing a magic trick on ourselves. As I always say to people, be careful and choose the illusions you create for yourselves well, they are all you're ever going to have. Actually, we haven't done too badly for a species whose ancestors were 2 inch worms.
What do your fans mean to you?
I would like for them to all pool together, give me money and sex and build my dream house somewhere in a rain forest hundreds of miles away from the nearest human pests.
What are you working on next?
The answer to the question that has baffled mankind since the beginning of time. If a cannibal raids and then eats the children of a neighboring tribe, is that considered veal?
Who are your favorite authors?
Me, Mencken, Shakespeare, Orwell-(1984-which is being played out as we speak) Voltaire-(The great Candide in particular) And the 2nd greatest writer of all time Charles Bukowski.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Fear of living in a card board box.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spreading my special brand of joy and cheer amongst my fellow human beings.
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