Interview with David Wesley Anderson

How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is complicated because it must both attract someone in less than a second and convey the general theme of your content. I've approached this two ways: either having a beautiful photograph and building the content around it, or working on some pieces and then finding a best fit photo. I don't spend an inordinate amount of time on the cover but it is the last thing I work on when I have a book ready. I take all my own photographs/cover art and modify it to fit. Helps with the consistency of the theme and I spend less time working on corrections.
Describe your desk
My desk can be anywhere.. usually it's my kitchen table with my Macbook Air (3 years old love the battery life!).. I think your desk is more a state of mind than a physical place. I can write (type) almost anywhere as long as I'm focused on the images I like to create. Sometimes I play music, which can influence your images too. The best "desk" I'd say is when you collaborate with another writer. Could be in a coffee shop or in a park, or just at home.. and the words just bounce off one another.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Oh I grew up all over the world. My dad was in the Marines so we traveled overseas when I was 4 with my brother. We lived in Brussels, Casablanca, and Nassau before I was 10 years old. After my parents split I called New York City my home but even since then I have been overseas again to Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, and Hong Kong. My writing has definitely been influenced because of the varying amount of culture I have experienced. The different perspectives and even my use of English (the lexicon) since I picked up some of the foreign languages I was a part of for some time. Writing is about perspective, 100% perspective.
When did you first start writing?
I actually didn't first start writing until I was in college. I was interested in Creative Writing but found I didn't have the attention span for writing plays or novels, or even short stories.. that's when I dove into poetry. I liked writing about my class mates and found a niche I think. Lately I've jumped into micropoetry which has been very challenging but also, very rewarding for my growth as a writer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The biggest motivator was money. And you can't attract a publisher unless you have some crazy good luck or some secret connection. I also wanted to sell poetry, so that was even harder! I also had one rule: that I would do all the work myself and learn the hard way so that later in life, I could show others how to do it (except for paying for the book proofs, no way around that!). Well, after hundreds of hours.. I've learned to create covers in Gimp, found some fantastic websites for design, utilized a number of great interior templates for standard trim (book) sizes, and have become quite familiar with Amazon KDP, Createspace, Lulu, and Smashwords. This has allowed me to get closer (and more intimate) to my work and understand the whole publishing process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This is simple for me: conveying a feeling that anyone can interpret and translate your words to understand on the exact same level as you.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING! My fans are my inspiration, my muses, they support me and I shower creative words in return. I wanted to write for others, not for myself. I show them through my eyes, as a gift. Fans are everything: I am nothing without them.
What are you working on next?
Oh I'm working another book of micropoetry. I think this is my niche and I'm most comfortable in it. It's easy to digest.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have to say that E.E. Cummings is by far my most favorite author. I love his experimentation, his complete lack of control at times... it's primal, it's straight forward. It's an honest translation from his eyes into yours. I think lots of authors try to fluff up their writing but he subtracted from his and let the words fend for themselves. I try to do that, the less is more approach, but sometimes I switch it up and overwhelm the reader with enjambment and condensed passages.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I actually have only read a handful. I've discovered that readers of poetry vastly prefer something tangle in print, it must be the connection for the reader. It's very powerful. Something I have to keep in mind--what my readers want.
Published 2016-07-27.
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Books by This Author

Heart
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 4,840. Language: American English. Published: February 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Heart is a collection of poetry by David Wesley Anderson with visually metaphorical themes, centered around lust, love, and loss. Within 140 characters each, the micro poems range from nature symbolism to cosmic themes. These ongoing contrasts weave a story about two hearts that cannot refrain from being magnetically pulled together.