Interview with Michael Baird

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media has been very effective. Facebook and Twitter to be specific.
Describe your desk
Messy and productive
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up behind my stutter, which is located in Southeastern Massachusetts. My stutter was selective. Certain words would stick. I had to pick my words carefully to avoid embarrassment. This caused me to constantly think before speaking. I developed better ways to say what was on my mind, and words became a tool. More than anything, this drew my attention to everything written or said.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in third grade. Specifically, I would draw pictures and make up stories to go along with them. I would retell the story to anyone who would listen. Most stories involved struggles between fuzzy-wuzzies and crumbums.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Each story has its own origin. "Firebug," for instance, began with the very term. My mother-in-law played it in a word game. I did a Wikipedia search and the characteristics were laid out nicely. After exploring Sheila's personality, her needs and desires, the love story revealed itself.

Above all things, I hope the stories are entertaining to read. Beyond that, I hope it's about people being themselves and embracing their good, bad, or whatever.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm excited by the idea of removing any layers between author and reader. The publishing industry has an opinion on what people like to read, sometimes they are right. (I know I'm looking forward to Suzanne Somers' next cookbook.) Hopefully, I've put together a quality product that people will enjoy.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
In the way I just described. Smashwords provides a platform for people to access independent authors, and wonderful marketing opportunities.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When the plot reveals itself. For me, it stems from characters, and their guiding principles. There is some obstacle to their pursuit of that principle, and they figure out a way to cope. Either through the obstacle, around it, or away from it.
What are you working on next?
I have three projects. A novel, another collection of short stories, and a piece of historical fiction. I'd like to experience writing a novel. So, that should be next.
Who are your favorite authors?
Edith Pearlman and Raymond Carver write my favorite short fiction. Chuck Palahniuk and Tom Robbins write my favorite novels. I always enjoy Truman Capote and George Saunders.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Got stuff to do.
Published 2014-03-12.
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Books by This Author

Bottom of The Bag, and Other Short Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,920. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
In the title story, a dutiful suburbanite is stunned to learn that his homeowner's association met without him and issued a complaint letter. His response, severe and necessary, re-asserts order. Kindness is punished and deceit rewarded in this wonderfully entertaining collection of short fiction.