Interview with Wetdryvac

What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book in print as of this question - Thrall Kind - is a collection of poems addressing systems control, free will ethics, and some seriously black humor in places.I'm a procedural free will ethicist, considering informed contractual consent to be the sole mattering thing, so this tends to bleed over into poetry pretty easily.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Actually, I'm not particularly independent - VacHaus press handles my stuff - but until that's a multi-author establishment in areas other than technical editing, I'm here as an author first. Motivation towards writing more generally? I can't not write.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As I'm just starting up here, not at all - but I expect that to change rapidly. I'm seeing uploads viewed at 5-10 views per book or folio even before it hits the main market post-verification, so that's a decent sign. Publishing in other venues has served me well however - and Smashwords has a deeper reach, other than to Amazon, which I'm hoping gets automated soon.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Pattern construction. Kipling is a racist, imperialist arse, but his way with language got me started as a wee vac, and a splash of Gibson cemented my love of patterning.
What do your fans mean to you?
Nifty folk, mostly - thanks for reading!
What are you working on next?
Aside from the usual technical writing, poetry continues apace.
Who are your favorite authors?
Rudyard Kipling - though I have to declaim, "I'm so sorry the bugger's a racist imperialist," Any time I mention him. Patricia A. McKillip, William Gibson, David Weber: Each keeps me going in their own way.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Breakfast. Mmm, breakfast.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Painting and other forms of art, physical training, naminal (It's a word - check with Russel Hoban) wrangling, and cooking non-fatal meals.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My local library, my friends, random people I talk to - I've currently got a reading backlog of something like 1500 books which I'm plowing through at about 1000 a year, 2/3 of which are technical and don't require cover-to-cover.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yup. Use of a cat as a murder weapon. I was a well balanced young vac.
What is your writing process?
Sit down. Write. If that fails, write something else.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a professional artist and graphic designer with entirely too much print background. On my own covers, I am to break tradition a bit, but for other folks I'm fairly mainstream unless they have specific desires.

*shrugs*

You can find my recent work, whatever it is, over at http://wetdryvac.deviantart.com/ - with the cavaet that some of it may not be safe for work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Rudyard Kipling: Stalky & Co. - My ideal language and flow of words.
Patricia A. McKillip: Alphabet of Thorne - Far and away my favorite approach to storytelling.
William Gibson: Fragments of a Hologram Rose - Clipping of language in Gibson's work fascinates me.
David Weber: The Honor of the Queen - Linguistically dry, but conceptually pretty bloody lovely - and opposes Kipling perfectly.
Emily Dickenson: Collected Works - Sometimes simplicity just works.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oh gods, um... Right now it's a combination of Ursual Vernon's latest works and a full catalog re-read of David Weber. Next week I've got some Proust scheduled.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Asus Memo 7 treats me well, as does my Droid 4. Kindle paperwhite hurts less, but has less overall functionality. I'm really hoping for a eInk screen with some solid computing power behind it soon.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. That's all of you: If you like it? Share it.

Also, I'm reasonably civilized to people. I'm told that helps.
Describe your desk
Not currently on fire. There's not enough room for that amidst all the other stuff.
Published 2013-12-25.
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Books by This Author

Cation
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 16,600. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Cation is the work of years both troubled and joyous, an expectation of word kept.
Scattered Resistance V1-V7 Collected
Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 58,220. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
All seven of the Scattered Resistance folios collected in one book.
Alphabet Food Distortion
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 220. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The body of this book is color picture formatted. If your device can't read in color, this book isn't for you. A non-children's book - though if your child is resilient, feel free to share it with them. Built of doggerel and art, ranging from war to cheerful verse, the quick poetic structure herein pokes subjects often unaddressed.
The Lists
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,540. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
High and low brown humor in title form. Not for use around food, drink, medical conditions, or heavy machinery.
Thrall Kind
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 28,930. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Thrall Kind covers the investiture in self, humor, and bleak deconstruction. From systems of control beautiful and horrifying to broken meter and haiku, a cup of proper black tea - or something stronger - may prove required.
Fallen Dogs
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 31,890. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Fallen Dogs is the solidifying of ethics seen from the other side - an assessment and reconstitution of those things not spoken of. Ranging from unfortunate limerick to carefully constructed tonal patterns, each piece here processes towards assessment of breach and reaction, both to breach and self sanctity.
Sequence for Drowning
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 33,930. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Sequence for Drowning: Poetry of face-change interpretations: To be an entity long enough, thoroughly enough to create their space around one's self and pattern it to words. Challenge pieces show here, as does the deliberate abuse and malformation of language to purpose or redirection.
Scattered Resistance v7 - Revision Nation
Series: Scattered Resistance, Book 7. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 13,480. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Scattered Resistance v7 - Revision Nation is the closure piece to the vac's early work, and layers comfort and discomfort as the same entity.
Scattered Resistance v6 - Below the Thermocline
Series: Scattered Resistance, Book 6. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 9,390. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Scattered Resistance v6 - Below the Thermocline assesses the concept of self destruction, depression, and an amusement at the structures of angst. Self mocking, grinding at times, its attention is focused primarily on that trivialized - a sense of self.
Scattered Resistance v5 - Inluminal
Series: Scattered Resistance, Book 5. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 6,770. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Scattered Resistance v5 - Inluminal is poetry from the Wetdryvac, from 1992. Written in a state of blur and burn, between mad happenings and serious bouts of sleep. Here, it is decided, poetry matters, and will be a lifelong thing - and here, as it happens, is the madness of that decision.
Scattered Resistance v4 - Settling In
Series: Scattered Resistance, Book 4. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 7,250. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Scattered Resistance v4 - Settling In, well - it gets into grooves. Patterns, repetitions, adjustments. 1991-1992, mostly, and it begins to more seriously address power and consent. Rarely comforting, significantly more neutral observer smoulder than Setting In.
Scattered Resistance v3 - Setting In
Series: Scattered Resistance, Book 3. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Scattered Resistance V3 - Setting In is the early poetry of the Wetdryvac, mostly 1991. Here, the vac gains comfort with form, as well as more ease in presentation.
Scattered Resistance v2 - Inversion Promised
Series: Scattered Resistance, Book 2. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Scattered Resistance v2 - Inversion Promised is poetry from the Wetdryvac, from 1991. Reflective and often grim, it addresses themes of suicide and recovery, face presentation, and cats as a system of stability.
Scattered Resistance v1 - Childhood Waning
Series: Scattered Resistance, Book 1. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 5,230. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Scattered Resistance V1 - Childhood Waning is the early poetry of the Wetdryvac, from 1979 to 1992. It covers a wide range of topics, almost all reflective, from nuclear war to investment in cats. By turns comforting and hostile, metered and chaotic, these poems represent the Vac's earliest known work.