Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have written 1 memoir, 2 poetry collections, and many other smaller projects such as articles, blogs and contributing to sites for various writing genres.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Addictarium was penned when I spent two years in a therapeutic community for mentally-ill drug addicts, and would-be felons, as well as many homeless patrons. I learned so much in that invaluable environment! The book shines a very stark light on recovery from heroin addiction, but is interlaced with MANY themes. It's a poetic, candid, and real account of suffering from many addictions. I had to recuperate from being addicted to pain, and torment, self-destruction, and despair. I was on an emotional roller-coaster, and had to patch myself up. The central theme may be addiction, but it touches on other matters as well. Toxic love, depression, suicide, and so much more really. The book exudes a raw but philosophical quality, and I poured my soul into every sentence in it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, I write everywhere and on everything. My fiancé says I remind him of a "Beautiful Mind," I take so many repetitive notes. I can write poetry on toilet paper. I'm a constant do-er. I do it anywhere.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I'm a huge fan of the greats, especially Anais Nin. She has had the biggest influence on my writing. Contemporary favorites include Janet Fitch and my bizarro literate hero–Chuck Palahniuk.
My favorite genres are literary fiction–especially Diaries and old-fashioned memoirs, and poetry. I love lyrical, philosophical AND confessional pieces the most.
What are you working on now?
Narcssiptopia – a psycho-drama. I am also penning the last of my three-part poetry series; True Colors. The third installment is "The Colorful Disaster."
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I enjoy interviews and blog tours, but also my own blog and sites; addictarium.com, and my ePaper Voyage Addictarium.
It's really more about what I enjoy, versus what works best, because if I start doing a bunch of really effective–but very unappealing–chores to push the novel, it would ruin writing for me. SO I do the things I enjoy. I enjoy giving interviews, and I enjoy putting together my ePaper, digital publication, –and the website.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write because you love to write, and write what you love to write. You are not going to be rich in this business, unless by a stroke of pure luck. Generate pieces that have value to you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Turn your life into a work of art. – Nietzsche & Nin both stated this in more or less, words.
Create rather than destroy. – Nin
The only way to find yourself is to lose yourself. – Henry miller
What are you reading now?
The Rosy Crucifixion by Henry Miller, Jane by Sandra Raine, A study on Edgar Allen Poe.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am delving into my poetry again, which I hadn't been tackling due to producing the novel. The novel took all my time & effort, and many years. Now I am working on my poetry, and my PHOetry – my signature style of art.
I will be releasing my first PHOetry book in Fall, aptly titled "Asylum of Artistry." The PHOems will be combined pieces of poetry, photographs, and other forms of mixed media art, with all of the pieces that Addictarium included, and others that pertained to my time in the "Addictarium."
And finally, I am producing War Stories: Bombing Narcotica – a collection of addiction & recovery themed poems, which is also to compliment Addictarium's long awaited softcover release!
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Diary of Anais Nin, tied with White Oleander & Invisible Monsters.