Interview with Tim Krass

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my iPhone. I know it is small but I do almost everything on there. It's so handy, I can bring it everywhere and feel like I can connect with the rest of the world
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think social media is the best marketing tool because things just multiply after the initial communication.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess until I look at it one day and say, "I just have to clean this desk"! Then, I can't find a thing!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Detroit, MI, moved to Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh, PA, back to Detroit and then on the Long Island in New York. I got to see a slice of life in every city we were in, which makes it easier to understand people more. I think everyone should experience living in New York at one time in their life. I must write so that many types of people will comprehend what I am saying and be entertained. Living in various cities provided me with a good foundation to know how to connect with most people.
When did you first start writing?
To be honest, Life In A Bong, is my first book that I have written. My next book will a simple book for men about depression. I never thought I would write a book until a friend referred me to a writing coach who kicked my butt so that my writing was of high-quality and not just a ramble. It's never too late!!!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Life in a Bong is the story of how my addiction to marijuana effected my life for many years. Like most people, I did not think marijuana was addictive. Boy, was I ever wrong! My anxiety and depression were the drivers for my usage of pot. Today's pot is roughly one thousand times stronger than when I started smoking in the seventies. Today's pot can knock you for a loop. While I was successful in some parts of my life, I was in heavy denial that pot was eroding my quality of life until everything came crashing down. No job, no money, no wife and even a heart attack could not stop me from puffing away. That is sick, looking back at it. I wrote the book because I do not want others to go down the same path I did, and with legalization ready to take off, people need to make a conscious, educated decision about using marijuana. It's easy to crash on pot and in more than one way!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be honest, it was impossible to get a literary agent to pay attention to me. I sent many proposals and the feedback I received was positive. But, there was always a reason that they passed. And I saw that self-publishing was growing like wildfire, so why not jump in?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is easy to work with because they have tutorials and guides to answer every question you can have. One-stop shopping.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is when you get so immersed in the writing, you don't realize what you have created, when you look back at it.
What do your fans mean to you?
I want to make a difference in at least one person's life, so they can lead a happy and healthy life.
What are you working on next?
My next book is a simple book for men about depression. Men don't like to talk about their maladies because they've taught to be strong. It takes more courage to get help from depression than to stay silent about it. Men walk around wondering why they feel so dark and miserable, sometimes until they end up eating their gun. Depression can be treated so that a healthy life is available to those who ask for help.
Published 2016-06-27.
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Books by This Author

Life In A Bong, How Pot Ruined My Life & How I Got It Back
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 32,330. Language: American English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Life In A Bong is the story of one man’s insidious relationship with marijuana addiction and his struggle to quit and find sobriety from a ‘benign’ drug. Ecstasy turns to darkness as his pot habit shatters his health, career, marriage, and friendships. The author’s life is almost extinguished, after suicide bouts, living on the street, having a heart attack, all followed by taking another toke.