Interview with James Hirt

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I haven't used any. I know this sounds very lazy and it is to some degree. The problem with what I write is that it's poetry. Poetry, unfortunately, doesn't sell. This is fine with me. I didn't write and publish these for money. These were just my way of venting in different times of my life. It worked. Writing these brought me closure to many things in my life.
Describe your desk
My desk has very little clutter. I do have to clean it up a bit once in a while but it never gets out of hand. My desk is a small, cheap one which doesn't fit me but not much does at 6'7".
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Arvada, Colorado. I had what every kid should have. I was born and raised in the same house by very solid and loving parents who taught me right from wrong and I never lacked anything. I had a great childhood and not much of my writing reflects my early years.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing around 25 years ago. I didn't write a great deal and I never saved anything. I started saving my work around 8 years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "Exit Through the Vent" is the upside of my first "A Tour of the Abyss". The story behing my latest is about me coming out the other side in good shape. My first was all of the pieces that I wrote when I was going through an extremely tough time in my life. I wrote these when the pain was raw. These pieces, like all of my work, are written very quickly and never changed when I get to the end. I feel that if I go back and mess with it I dilute the message via "operation overthink."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My mother and close friends whom I shared these writings with. I never intended to publish these initially. They pushed me to it. I'm glad that I did. It's a bucket list thing I guess. I can now say that I'm a publised author but I'm not quitting my day job.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I haven't had any success per se but they helped me to publish my work for free.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It gives me a check-up from the neck up.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any that I know of.
What are you working on next?
I have a book on health and fitness in the works.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ayn Rand, T.S. Elliot, Tolstoy, Stephen King, and many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have had many health issues. These were at a relatively young age which include colon cancer. I was told 21 years ago that I wasn't going to make it. I beat cancer and I truly love life now. What gets me out of bed every day is that I am healthy and feel great.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I paint large abstract pieces. I love it. I also read quite a bit.
What is your writing process?
I can't push my writing process. It has to come call on me or I don't even try. When it comes to call I need to sit down and spit it out. If I'm somewhere where that can't happen, I get my phone out and record what is flowing out. I will then, hopefully, be able to reconstruct that when I'm in front of my Mac.
How do you approach cover design?
I really don't know. When I did these I really didn't know what I was doing. I think it's taboo to have the author's photo on the front cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read biographies, and books on nutrition for the most part.
Published 2014-09-11.
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Books by This Author

Exit Through The Vent
Price: Free! Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Poetry that challenges the reader. This book touches on subjects such as legacy, religion, forgiveness, sex, lust, relationships, family, and lost loved ones to name a few.
A Tour Of The Abyss
Price: Free! Words: 10,030. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Poetry that flirts with the edge dealing with loss from divorce and betrayal. Pulling no punches, this medium uses anger as a short term coping mechanism to move through to the other side.