Kindle Author Interview
Here’s the interview I did for the well-known Kindle Author blog a week or so ago. Some folks have disputed my testimony. How dare they accuse a fiction writer of making stuff up? The bloody nerve.
Jonas Samuelle, author of Ghosts of a Tired Universe, discusses his book, his journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.
DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about Ghosts of a Tired Universe?
JONAS SAMUELLE: Homicidal mimes, corrupt cherubim, dueling philosophers and an arson-obsessed sculptor. If none of these appeal to you, you might not enjoy the book.
DAVID WISEHART: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?
JONAS SAMUELLE: They appear ex-nihilo. Like any real person, you just spend time with them and get to know who they are. Then you kill them.
DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?
JONAS SAMUELLE: The unmedicated insane.
DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?
JONAS SAMUELLE: After the accident, I worked at a cafe on the edge of the Mojave. Folks would stop by before going out hiking and every so often you’d hear about someone getting lost and dying a few miles out of town.
A writer came through the cafe one day, and I noticed him scribbling away in a notebook. A few days later I heard that he was the most recent hiking victim, but that he’d made it something like 87 miles out of town before going down. When they found his notebook, it just said “Don’t die bored” over and over again, thousands of times.
I’ve been a writer ever since.
DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?
JONAS SAMUELLE: My what?
DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?
JONAS SAMUELLE: Anyone with the guts to cut deep. Robbins, Heller, Vonnegut, Gaiman, etc., the folks who realize that writing is every bit as vulgar and dangerous as bull-fighting; we just get cooler hats.
DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you’d written yourself?
JONAS SAMUELLE: It’s one thing to admire a work and learn from it, it’s quite another to wish that it was yours. I don’t think I have an answer to that question.
DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?
JONAS SAMUELLE: Mostly through telepathy. There was a small effort put toward using smoke signals, but I quit after learning how to signal “More booze.”
DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?
JONAS SAMUELLE: I rather like the idea of my bad intentions being digitally delivered worldwide.
DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?
JONAS SAMUELLE: Commit. Readers know if you’re faking, or a tourist. Commit to your art or go pound sand.
DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.