Interview with Tah the Trickster

What do you read for pleasure?
A little of a lot of things. A bit of horror, a bit of supernatural, a bit of young adult, a bit of folklore history. It depends on the day, honestly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have both an iPhone and an iPad, both of which have the Kindle, Nook, and iBooks apps on them. Beyond that, I also do a fair bit of reading just on my desktop as it is.
Describe your desk
Oh boy. Well, it's about three feet tall, thirty inches wide and deep. The front is covered in scratches from my cats. There are empty envelopes all over the desk, waiting to be shredded because they have my address on them. There's a half-empty package of Pocket Tissues on the left side, and a temperamental disk drive on the right. A single packet of spiced cider mix is leaning on my monitor. There's an empty cup, an empty YooHoo bottle (devoid of its paper wrapping), and a bottle of bright blue water sitting next to my hand, as well as the small container of blue raspberry flavored "liquid water enhancer with electrolytes and vitamins B3 B6 B12" that turned the water blue in the first place. Under the desk are two large boxes—one is full of DVDs, and another is full of books.

My desk is a mess.
When did you first start writing?
I "wrote" my first "story" when I was roughly seven years old. As I recall, it was a Nightmare Before Christmas ripoff. That is, the north pole had been overtaken by halloween. All I remember of it beyond that is that Santa had been kidnapped, and there were bats everywhere. I picked up writing again when I was thirteen, writing a truly dreadful original "series" before leaving that behind and taking up equally badly-written fanfiction. I finally got my act together in 2009 and wrote my first novel, a YA LGBT romance novel. I scrapped all of my earlier work, now determined to get my act together and be a good writer for once.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My current project is "CHOKE," my sophomore poetry release, a book written in two acts. It is, in this way, both much darker and much more inspirational than my debut poetry book, "A Collection of Carvings." The first act is the darker one, reflecting heavy themes of depression and the effects of emotional abuse. The second one, while still rather dark, is empowering, showing that these dark, terrible things can still be overcome.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing talent, editing talent, computer talent, and an altogether impatient demeanor, mostly.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for any author, I think, is making your readers cry. It can be happy crying, sad crying, or angry crying, but the ability to provoke a real, physical, occasionally visceral reaction delights me to no end.
What are you working on next?
Aside from "CHOKE," I'm also working on editing and revising my novel "Singer" again, this time for a full online distribution. In terms of actual writing, however, I'm also working on several books behind the scenes—the most prevalent of which would be "Pocket Lycanthropology," a compendium of werewolf articles, ranging from history to folktales to modern media. As far as fiction goes, I have around six different novels in the works—one of which is the sequel to "Singer"—as well as two linked short stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tamora Pierce is really the only one I actually keep up with! I love J.K. Rowling, Curtis Jobling, and Otep Shamaya as well, I just don't go out of my way to collect their works. That is, of course, unless I'm currently invested in a series of theirs, as I am with Jobling's work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually just reading, playing games, or scrolling down my social media feeds for seven hours. I'm horribly boring in real life, I'm afraid, particularly when compared to my online antics.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often just by someone recommending them to me! On occasion I'll actively browse through the eBook store under a certain keyword or phrase, but that's quite rare.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
...Regretfully, yes. I only recently had the chance to take it down.
Published 2014-02-03.
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Books by This Author

The Goatman Cometh
Price: Free! Words: 1,910. Language: American English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Darcy Bradley is a student with a problem: the goatlike Greek god Pan constantly follows her around, terrifying her with every turn. She wants him gone, but he's been with her so long she's not sure if she could handle that anymore. A short play demonstrating the lifestyle of living with a panic disorder. Two characters, minimal set.