Interview with Michael Shriver

How do you approach cover design?
Bold and In Your Face.

In this case, I took a picture of Rodney at the beach - we were at Zuma. It was a beautiful afternoon, but it was impossible for him to enjoy it because of the symptoms of his disease. I removed everything warm from the picture.

Regarding the type, I used to make band posters in the eighties. Loud and to the point, no attention span required.

I am a bigger fan of album covers than book covers, and I lean that way in concept.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone - a Samsung with a Kindle app. I keep a library on it - "how to" do everything.
Describe your desk
Piles of chaos that that have taken over like inconsiderate roommates with poor hygiene..
What are you working on next?
Marketing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I help take care of a lot of folks - there are four generations of family under this roof.

Grandma just turned 94, and she gets up around 5:30; Charlie, our dog, is up at the same time, and he really has to go. Oatmeal and cocoa for grandma and a walk for Charlie get me out of bed each day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A major percentage of ebooks I read are instruction - "how to" do everything. I will usually start at Amazon because I have Prime and I can borrow most of what I need for free.
What is your writing process?
First I vomit too many pages of bad grammar, excessive punctuation, and bloat. Then I clean it up, funnel it down and throw most of it out.
What do you read for pleasure?
The discussion boards on Politico.com are pretty entertaining; otherwise, "how to' do everything.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In order, Baltimore, Jonesboro, Decatur, Stone Mountain, Lillburn, and Weston - all by the age of fourteen. As a kid, I never stayed in one place long enough to make a mark, or learn how to.

In the summer of 1976, I discovered Kiss and the Ramones in the same afternoon. Life was never the same.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started writing this book to keep the subject alive, and it turned into something compelling that had to be published. When I need something done, I learn how to do it - indie chose me - and here we are.
Published 2016-01-03.
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