Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I was inspired to start writing when I said to me, start writing. Me then said to me, but I don’t want to write, I’m a stock trader on Wall Street. Oh Me, I responded, why must that way you always be. Because I am me said Me, that is who I am. Yeah well I am going to write you damn douche I then said to Me. Admittedly, it was quite an inane exchange. And then there were words. And then Me lost his shirt on wall street. Not just financially but actually. Me was really friggin drunk.
Tell us about your books.
I have ten self-published books. Two are novels, one short, entitled “Dawn”, one long entitled, the title ever so slightly sarcastic, “What A Wonderful World”. There is a novella entitled “Xavier Cockroachal Damon’s, Um, Entirely Fictitious Autobiography By Xavier Cockroachal Damon and Um, In Many Ways the Character Is Not at All Like Me I Guess That is Somewhat Ironic”. Three collections of shorter works, one of which is the autobiography chapters 2-6, one of which includes the story “Love is What Will Make an Immortal Die” which is the follow up to “Dawn” and the story of the man. And the rest are plays, “Dog Years Within the Curse of 7. Two plays, or Technically would That Be 14 Plays?”, “Dung a Play”, “Just One of Those Days (a Play)”, and “Suicide Fanatics and The Amneisiac (Two Plays)”.
How did you go about getting published?
Self publishing route. Do not envision any of them being money makers so just wrote them and published on my own to avoid the nausea process of attempting to tailor my description of the books to some publishing house or literary agent. The process has always confounded me because the process of writing a condensed description cover letter, which could be expertly crafted by the greatest snake oil salesman of all time who also possesses the distinction of having written the worst novel of all time could certainly write a winning and intriguing one, and writing an actual work of fiction are really quite different processes and the ability to do one in no way necessarily translates to an ability to do the other. So I just skipped all the crap. Actually, I did attempt a few but they pretty much all contained expletive filled insults aimed at the recipient of the letter. In retrospect, that was more than likely unwise.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
My writing process is just to sit up upon my bed, drink and smoke and write until I stop doing so. Wake up, do so again. So on, so forth until done with what I am working on. Then begin the process anew. Hmm, maybe I’ll make this answer the eleventh published work and entitle it “Xavier Cockroachal Damon’s Guide For How to Write”, retailing for $19.99. It’s a steal.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I don’t actually like doing a Goddamned thing.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I draw, paint, create my own. do not want someone else’s art on my book. I view the cover as an extension of the work itself and would rather have my creation, even if rudimentary, upon it, rather than turning over the idea to someone else to conceptualize it and ultimately produce a more professional looking end product. The art announcing the work I think should be a reflection of the words within. That being said, and looking at a few of the covers I have designed, I have often seen it said that a well produced, professional looking cover is extremely important, and though I find this idea of people not being able to see past the cover or recognize what it is actually conveying is something more than the physical quality of the art itself, in the interests of not misdirecting other writers into unintended perpetual anonymity, maybe you should not take this approach. I have no tools for success which I can impart. My goal is to say what I want to say. Not to turn my idea over to some speech writer, in whatever arena, who might better craft the idea to garner accolades or sales.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Absolutely I would like to. For that would then mean I actually had some to share. I do not. I do not know what I’m doing.
What’s your favorite book?
What are you reading now?
The writing on the wall. For the umpteenth time. An intriguing read but hard to decipher all the nuances. Still not certain exactly what it is saying, but, unfortunately, there is always tomorrow, and tomorrow is indeed another day.
What’s your next book project?
My next writing project is a tale about a man who drives a tractor across the country and ultimately off a friggin cliff. Wait, hasn’t that already been written?
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