Interview with Weasel

Who are your favorite authors?
Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Hunter S. Thompson, Andrea Gibson, Buddy Wakefield, Anis Mojgani, Dante Collins, Saeed Jones, Virginia Woolf, Arthur C. Clarke, Thomas Mann, Nathanel West, Sylvia Plath, Ken Jones, henry 7 reneau jr., Meggie Royer
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a loving boyfriend and two publishing imprints to maintain.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Movies, definitely movies. Vaping. Reading. My life is a little boring, being a workaholic.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Word of mouth, and pesky Amazon suggestions.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Nope. Maybe. I don't know. It was definitely a horror piece, that much I do know.
What is your writing process?
Inhale loads of nicotine and turn off the TV.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've read lots of stories. In school I had issues with actually retaining everything because I was lazy and didn't care much. But I do remember Fahrenheit 451 and loved it. I think that was the first book that sent me down the dangerous plague of writing.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, when I have money, which isn't often because I'm broke 99.999999% of the time, I pay an artist for an image I've been throwing around in my skull.

Most of the time I use photostocks as a low budget option.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, pure insanity at it's finest.

Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr. The book threw all format out the window and gave the finger to every grammar rule there was. Story was tragic and real. Author had a lot of balls to put it out.

Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West. It's hard not to fall in love with these hopeless characters.

A Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke, it's hard not to love this classic novel. Clarke's writing is quizzical and poetic. It's a rush of imagination.

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, I put this book down and all I could say was, "What the actual fuck did I just read?" Burroughs just held no punches, and I loved it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Beat fiction, poetry, some Science Fiction, some Horror. I love to read indie authors more than anything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my iPad for the most part, though I love the plain Kindle eReader (or the paperwhite one).
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I do a lot of readings in the Houston, TX area. Most of my books tend to sell better at author events and open mics, places where I can chat with folks and relax. I'm not a people person, but sometimes you just have to turn it on and shake some hands.
Describe your desk
Messy. Hella Messy. Don't walk in the room messy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've lived in Texas my whole life. The heat is enough to make you hallucinate sometimes.
When did you first start writing?
Fuck! I can't remember. I'd say I started taking my writing serious in my college years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A man falls in love with a hooker after his boyfriend passes away. The escort unfortunately doesn't share his feelings and wanders away from the main man. The main character falls into a deep depression and has severe hallucinations throughout the book. It should be published soon by Thurston Howl Publications.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to get better as a writer, so I started submitting poems and short stories here and there to indie magazines and anthologies. I published my first poetry collection through Transcendent Zero Press and love those guys to death. My goal now is to just keep writing, keep submitting, take the rejections as battle scars and move on.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has distributed my books to a lot of devices and has allowed me to reach audiences I never would have thought about.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the idea across. Getting the adrenaline out of your fingers. When you finish the last page, it's like smoking a cigarette after having an orgasm.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans. I love that they allow me to write and drain my muses over rant-filled stream of consciousness insanity.
Published 2016-01-07.
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Books by This Author

Typewriter Emergencies December 2017
You set the price! Words: 12,250. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2017 by Weasel Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
The December issue features an interview with Sherayah Witcher, an editor for Thurston Howl Publications, Poetry by Bruno Schafer, a review by Hakuzo Sionnach, and short stories from Mary E. Lowd, Timothy Pulo, Dwale, Kageichi Kagi, and BanWynn Oakshadow.
Typewriter Emergencies May 2017
You set the price! Words: 18,310. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2017 by Weasel Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Typewriter Emergencies is a journal of furry lit which started out as an anthology. The purpose of Typewriter Emergencies is to provide a venue for shorter stories with payment to the author. Cover and Illustrations are by Joseph Chou.
Jazz at the End of the Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,090. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Jazz at the End of the Night is a collection of short stories crawling from the caverns of hopelessness. The characters share in their hard times cursing the universe and losing everything that mattered to them. Each story throws the reader into a harsh reality of life changes, betrayal, and sometimes madness.
Passing Through
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,670. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2017 by Weasel Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Passing Through is a collection of stories from hitchhikers and travelers alike. Cash, Grass, or Ass, open up and hitch a ride! Passing Through features: Tyson West, Billy Leigh, BanWynn Oakshadow, Thurston Howl, Frances Pauli, and Jako Malan.
A Warm Place to Self-destruct
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,170. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
"a warm place to self-destruct" is a collection of poems about suffering. The poems follow the narrator through rough times of being broke, sexual encounters, losing identity, losing family, and everything in between. The narrator is an asshole and smokes...a lot.
Knotted
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,160. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016 by Weasel Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Some of our desires are unconventional, maybe even taboo. These 8 anthropomorphic tales explore the wilder side of erotica. Get entangled on your ride!
Typewriter Emergencies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,590. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2015 by Weasel Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Typewriter Emergencies is a collection of tragic furry fiction. Inside these pages are stories filled with darker topics, some even psychologically damaging.