Carl Bettis is a web developer and writer in Kansas City, Missouri. His articles and poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Potpourri, The Same, Thorny Locust, and the anthology Chance of a Ghost. He is on the committee for Riverfront Readings , a group that has produced readings of poetry and literary fiction in the Kansas City area for over twenty-five years.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow dozens of blogs and social media feeds for authors, librarians and bibliophiles. Librarians in particular tend to have good taste, and more importantly, are able to separate their personal preferences from their considered professional opinion. Some of the authors whose blogs and/or Twitter feeds I follow are J.A. Konrath, John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear and Cherie Priest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do remember the first story I ever wrote. I was in junior high (longer ago than I care to calculate), and we had a substitute teacher who told us to do as we liked, as long as we were quiet. I began scribbling an awful, modifier-laden tale about a daredevil cat burglar who bore a striking resemblance to myself. Well, aside from things like my clumsiness, social awkwardness, and total lack of athleticism.
Cthulhu-ku is a collection of brief poems, mostly humorous, inspired by the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Perfect for Halloween or for the weird fiction fan. "The sad end of her / show biz career: crowned the next / Pickman's Top Model."