I'm somewhat a simple poetry guy. Nothing too fancy.
I would say that my style and themes are usually less lace, more leather, but always a worthwhile chicken nugget.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in 1993. It happened due to a profound life change. I dove head-first into writing about anything and everything. I started writing several genres at once as so much began pouring out of me.
Poetry, I began expressing my feelings through both formal and informal styles of poetry, working toward what style worked best for my voice. After a few years, and, upon self-publishing my first full length poetry book in 1996 (MIDNIGHT MATINEE) I knew that narrative poems, dramatic poems and free verse were the style and forms I would write poetry in. I did in fact win a POETRY AWARD rather early on, maybe in the second year of writing poetry but I also stopped submitting to contests and awards shortly there after, deciding to really just focus all my energy on my writing and art as, submitting to contests and the cost to do it became too time-consuming, too taxing financially and too distracting of my being able to focus on my writing and art completely. I have, since those early days, stuck to self-publishing in order to keep all rights and always retain full control of my work.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
What motivated me to become an "indie author" was/is, CONTROL.
I choose self-publishing to have complete control over my work. I can load my eBooks on various sites of my choosing. In this day and age I have the liberty "to choose" what outlet I wish to publish on. And within those outlets, often, you can even choose your royalty rate. Truth be told, the digital age has been a blessing as far as I'm concerned when it comes to self-publishers and writers of poetry in particular. I know this because I was able to experience the publishing world when manuscripts could only be submitted via "snail mail" after many hours on a literal type writer. I am grateful for the digital side available now and especially to all of you that have taken time to read my writing or buy my artwork, thank you.
Weight of a Cloud is a small collection of 12 poems, mostly free verse and narrative poems.
The eBOOK hints at a theme of clouds, it is often introspective and touches on universal subject matter. Modern poetry.