What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre that they need to know?
When I speak to people and we talk about poetry, many of them think poetry must be structured or that it must be “deep” but in reality poetry and writing in general is free to be utilized in any way the writer wishes.
What are some day jobs you have held?
I’ve had several jobs now because I wanted to try a lot of them. I worked as a cashier, a server, a loan representative, and an assistant manager.
What are some ways in which you promote your work?
I unfortunately am terrible at promoting my own work. I don’t have the confidence to continuously spam my followers into buying my work. I still don’t see this as a way to make money. I just want to share my personal writing to those that are willing to read. I post on my social medias perhaps once or twice a week when something new arises as well as be featured in other sites at least once.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
It’s okay to be nervous about your work. Even if it becomes a New York Times bestseller, it’s okay to be nervous for the public’s feedback. Once you get your first bad review, do not let it get to you, for one bad review there will be a good review that outlines the goodness of your work.
If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast?
Yalitza Aparicio, Vincent Gallo, Donald Glover, Rihanna.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
I was going through a rough patch with my mental health that it wouldn’t let me write. As much as I tried, I had no drive or passion to write even though the ideas were drilling a hole to escape my brain.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I love writing man. What more can I say? I love putting my ideas on paper or a word document online while listening to good tunes and perhaps a beer or two. Sometimes three.
What is your next project?
Who knows, I had no idea what my new book was going to be until a few months before releasing it.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
As cliche as it is, it’s Harry Potter. Getting lost in Harry’s world as a kid hit a little different. I say Harry Potter and Spike from Cowboy Bebop are in my top tier.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
Kurt Vonnegut, Kafka, Jon Donnahoe, a bit of Jack Kerouac, Ms. Plath, and Hemmingway.
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