Interview with Crugi Smear

When did you first start writing?
In elementary school, like almost everybody else.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is the product of PTSD caused by 10 years of living in Babylon, London that is. Since I keep writing, it may be that I'm not cured yet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Nothing. Who in his/her right mind could be motivated to become an indie author? It's ruthless and it's mostly just for the glory, money being somewhat absent in the process. I write because if I don't, I feel like I'm wasting a gift that was given me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just published here. No comments so far. Hope you'll treat me well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Laughing out loud when I come up with something funny and then trying to catch that intuition by the tail before it runs away.
What do your fans mean to you?
So far I have just a few, but of course they mean everything to me as a writer. After all, everybody needs a pat on the back from time to time.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the script of a show for an actor I met not long ago. I contribute stories to a local London paper. And I plan to publish a second collection as soon as it becomes feasible.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Joyce, Kurt Vonnegut, Dante, Fëdor Dostojevskij, Sebastiano Vassalli, William Shakespeare, Charles Bukowski, Tommaso Landolfi, HG Wells, Philip Dick, and many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing guitar, working as a freelance translator, pondering the absurdity of it all.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Accident or providence.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a terribly written, half-baked story about an old man in an old island who wanted to go to war with all the evil kings and their evil kingdoms who surrounded him and wanted to annihilate him. I never finished it, it felt a bit too claustrophobic.
What is your writing process?
If I could add a picture to describe it, it would be a poster representing all the known particles in the universe with their interactions and feedback loops, and never-ending lines would describe their intricately intersecting and overlapping relationships. A tangle of chaos.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was the story of a big-mouthed frog who was not afraid to speak to a lion. I don't remember whether the lion liked the taste of frog.
How do you approach cover design?
I paint it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
What do you read for pleasure?
Cuneiform and Chinese.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The screen of a laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am the worst marketeer out there. If I told, you'd be in trouble.
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
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Published 2014-08-19.
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Books by This Author

SMEAR! - A Short Story Collection (Vol I)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,070. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
SMEAR! Vol I recounts some of the events in the life of Roger Prandelli, a compassionate multi-faceted individual who confronts his own defeats with zany, dark humour, but never despair. The insanity of the modern world is presented with a fast narrative pace that is every bit as deranged and hilarious as a work by Bukowski or Vonnegut.