Interview with Mike Bozart

Published 2015-07-01.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The morning bike ride. I am an avid single-speed cyclist. I seem to get the best ideas when riding my bike. It's as much a neural exercise as a physical one.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I seem to stumble upon them on the internet. Were they magically placed there? Ha-ha.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hmmmm .... a very, very short story ... really just a sketch ....
What is your writing process?
First, a very loose, changeable outline. I don't like to map everything out and just fill it in like a coloring book. Usually by the third or fourth chapter (or the 20th page of a novella), the story will have a life of its own, and the characters will be demanding certain things to happen.
Second, as I write the chapters (or sections), at first it is almost all narrative. Then I go back and insert/expand the dialogue. Next, I add the thoughts of the characters (in italics).
Third, revising and revising, and more revising for at least a month or three.
Fourth, the cover graphic, which i will create myself in a free photo-editing program.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'His Enemy, His Friend' by John R. Tunis still sticks in my mind. It really gripped my adolescent mind. And I loved the unexpected (to me) ending.
How do you approach cover design?
As a visual artist, I relish this aspect of the e-book creation process. I usually take a stock, royalty-free, public domain pic and spice it up in a photo-editing program.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. His Enemy, His Friend (the madness, insane cruelty, and haunting tragedy of war)
2. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Nurse Ratched, a walking metaphor of conformity)
3. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (sure wish I was on that bus - was way too young)
4. Still Life With Woodpecker (no need to be afraid to write a bizarre tale)
5. Hornet's Nest (pure vanity here: my artwork is mentioned in it - m. van tryke)
What do you read for pleasure?
To be honest, a lot of articles on The Guardian website. I even comment frequently.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An older black-and-white kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Google Adwords.
Describe your desk
A mess of papers. But, I think I know what is under each stack. Maybe.
When did you first start writing?
1991. Surreal poem-stories displayed below my artwork in NoDa (North Charlotte).
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ok, 'GOLD, a summer story' is my first and only novel to date. The idea came to me back in the summer of 1995, while out in the Reed Gold Mine area of NC. I didn't find any gold in the nearby creeks/rivers that day, but I wondered what would happen to my life if I did. Not a small amount - a large nugget, or several nuggets, worth a million dollars or more. Who would I trust? Could I trust my girlfriend? How would i get the gold sold? Would I move to another city?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Doubleday wasn't returning my calls. Ha-ha.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
YES! Already lots of downloads. Should've checked into this site earlier. Got caught in the amazon-only trap for two years. This feels liberating.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Concisely conveying a certain notion/idea/sensation to the reader.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world!
What are you working on next?
Thinking of doing a very experimental 'novel' where the readers get to add to subsequent editions of it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Inventing new games, doing artwork, hiking, cycling, and goofing around with my wife and son.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kesey, Poe, Wolfe, Kerouac, Bukowski
Have you ever found any gold yourself?
Only in the bottom of a Goldschlager bottle.
What is your hometown?
Charlotte, or 'crown town' as I heard someone call it the other day.
Do you have a favorite sports team?
I'm a homer; thus, I'm a Panthers (NFL) and Hornets (NBA) fan.
However, I get my biggest joy out of watching Liverpool FC - Go Reds!
What do think about erotic fiction?
It all is until it isn't.
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