Interview with Mike Snow

What are you working on next?
Composing a volume of poetry -an ongoing project
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't have any at the moment...I suppose Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney. Rap poetry. One of the major influences was Hunter S Thompson and he's writing for Rolling Stone magazine back in the early 1970s. His writing really did break up the monolith of "conventional" political journalism for good.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm a newbie to e-books and publishing so I have not read any books...I hope to discover more as I progress.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, a funny spoof of "Star Trek" most teenagers did back then.
What is your writing process?
I try to write in afternoons between 1.30pm to 4.00pm. I usually type ideas, stories and poetry on my laptop whilst pacing around...As I' retired and live alone I can do such things that would be difficult if I had a family.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"The Naked Lunch" by William S Burroughs. It was advertised in an underground newspaper of the time but I brought it the next day. WOW! It was as if my world had shifted! Avante-gard and controversial authorities tried to ban the book in the UK. What got me wasn't the heroin he took but the way his "cut-up" techniques lifted the book to another level.
What do you read for pleasure?
Non-fiction such as 24/7 news sites. Politics and government. Science.
Describe your desk
My desk is dominated by my Sony laptop, iPad, iPhone, and scraps of paper. Poetry magazines and bills to pay.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the World famous south London, Home of Wimbledon Tennis Championships...Except I grew up quite literally on the wrong side of the tracks. Dividing the "posh" side of Wimbledon with its large houses and tennis courts was the main London-Southampton railway, and below that the poverty stricken South Wimbledon. As a child growing up I was highly aware of the have's and have not's, and the chasm between the two was always growing.
I recall listening to people talk and how they used words, the patterns, tone, accent. I'd remember them as I collected them. Sometimes not the slightest bit interested in what they were saying I'd start a conversation just to hear the voice.
My family was not a bit artistic, in fact, they tried their best to stop me via verbal abuse, cursing, and physically destroying me work. Artists and writers were condemned as "poofs" and "dreamers".
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wish to write my autobiography as I think I have an interesting journey to recall...A rough life, addiction, sex, violence, plus some humor
Published 2013-09-30.
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