Interview with tazcestmoi

How do you approach cover design?
as you write the book you begin to get attached to the emotions created in the pages, I associate pictures to the strongest emotions in the book, a heaviness that carried the book surely having to be what was reflected on the cover so you know what you're reading. honesty, reflection, transparency to the feeling of the book deserves the proper face
What are your five favorite books, and why?
my favorite book is growing wings because I always was smaller and felt out of place with the ordinary crowd, this book helped show me uniqueness isn't a crime. other than that I enjoy a lot of jim butcher, douglas adams, and james aptterson for the whit and mystery
What do you read for pleasure?
mostly mysteries, smart alec main characters are usually a must. jim butcher being a prime example, forensics and mysteries though...those are my favorite
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle fire, it was a Christmas gift and since that's my only one I am grateful and deem it my favorite
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
try and try and try, never discredit something until you try it, word of mouth and allowing samples to be taken is very effective. I myself find samples and conversation with those who read them to be the best tool anyone can have
Describe your desk
organized and in its place, my cup with pens and pencils, my change cup proudly "time for change" as a pun to motivate me and a cork board with things I love on it. my laptop sits rigidly at its post enticing me to write
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
i grew up in Ferguson, MO and i know the stigma around that area isn't positive. i was actually a minority there, i was so stressed by my mothers stressed, and being different only enflamed that. i wrote more and more as i learned that it made me feel better about myself. i could create the person i wanted to be until i realized my mind was the better than anything i could spin. i connected with a lot more people once i found myself in my passion
When did you first start writing?
i startred with comic books, i love them and once my partner in crime flew the coop and left me with a brilliant story i took over solo transforming the little snippets of idea i jotted down randomly into full fledged novel ideas. my fourth grade hobby turned into a lifelong passion that has been more rewarding than i could ever descirbe
What's the story behind your latest book?
my latest book is actually based upon myself, i know big shock. it started as a school project where i interviewed people and see how they perceived me. then as i realized the influence a pebble like myself could make on a river of people i included a step by step story of my life during the times i met these people and they knew me. a look behind the veil if you will to reveal the thigns i struggled with the most. it wasn't meant as a pity me book but a book to show how you can prevail and make something of the ashes of your life that has crumbled all around you
What motivated you to become an indie author?
when i realized how many ideas i came up with on any single day i began writing them down. what motivated me more was the friends that came over and saw them tacked to every wall and asked where the rest was. but what really did it for me, is wanting to know where the rest was myself. i came up with the ideas because it was something appealing to me, something that i would want to read. so i write what i would want to read
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
the greatest joy in writing that i can think of is completion, but that a double edged sword, you become attached to the characters you create and when you finish the book you miss them. that's why so many people write sequel's i think. its gotta be the reason :)
but the fact that you completed something that you put so much into is invigorating, like giving birth, you made this new human. a book is like that, it is its own man now and you can watch to see if it thrives
What do your fans mean to you?
they mean quite a bit, I'd be lying if i didn't say i wrote for myself more than them though. if they enjoy the book as much as i enjoyed making it then everyone has been rewarded. fans are a kindred spirit to myself and the book is proof. i always say that the book recommends the person more than the person that recommends the book but both are good
What are you working on next?
i have a lot of ideas, its more like point and choose, i have so many projects simultaneously and so many ideas that branch from those its hard to say.
Who are your favorite authors?
jim butcher, james Patterson, douglas adams, max allen Collins, Julie kagawa. bella forest, r. l. stine, lisa black and countless other fantastic authors
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
i work mostly, budgeting time each day to complete a writing goal, but i also walk a lot to mull over new ideas, cook a lot and plan for personal goals. i can't lie though writing rules my life
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
the very first book i ever wrote, wow its funny because i do. it was only five pages and i was only like seven but i was so into the fear street books once i learned to read that i was hard pressed to write my own scary story. it was about five girls who were going camping and it was supposed to be crazy scary. the monster i drew looked terrible like a giant frog and that wasn't even what i wanted and the girls looked like they wanted to paint their nails not go camping. it was a good start though and I've never looked back haha. i still have it in a box of all that must be remembered
What is your writing process?
i start with an idea of course, it blows my mind once i come up with it and i obsess over it for a while until i start by writing something pertaining to that idea. it usually is somewhere climactic in the story line and then from there i decide what i want the end result to be and i just shoot for it. usually i have more than one project going on at a time so i treat it like dinner taking a bite of each in a cycle until their all done
is there any theme you specifically find to be recurring in your stories?
of course, i like the look behind the curtain a lot. perspective is such a fascinating thing to me and i incorporate it into a lot of what i write. it reveals the individual struggle that no one sees and how they hold up to everyone who is looking at them. the different mind set can be such a fantastic treasure to read
what is your favorite thing you've written?
my lifes work as I've coined it. its a story about several young adults who protect the universe and lead it. the crime fighting mixed with different cultures and the relationships that are so tight nit. these young adults grew up in a culture that wasn't their own and the people that they grew up with are their closest companions even though they've grown a whole audience of the universe that vie for their attention on crime and discord. they always go back to each other though. in a sort of metaphor they are all one
Published 2014-11-27.
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