Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm New England based poet David Wasserman! My debut book of poems, Tiny Footcrunch, is being published by Unsolicited Press (release date: April 30, 2018).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Tiny Footcrunch was inspired by how society seems to be more and more captivated by shorter forms of communication. The world is more connected than ever, but people are only connecting through short clips and phrases. I thought it natural to turn to poetry for its brevity yet depth of emotion.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love to write outside. I will sit on my porch and use all of my senses to help find that perfect descriptive word. I bet I look pretty silly to anyone passing by with my eyes closed and chin up toward the sky!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Many different authors, in different genres have influenced me as a writer. I love the language of Karen Russell, the structure of Mark Z. Danielewski, and the magic realism of Susanna Clarke. I am also influenced by everything from B.J. Novak's The Book With No Pictures to Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass to Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife. Of course, poetry (of all types) is also an influence.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on two new poetry manuscripts. One deals with how we respond to the future and what may come to pass by looking at tarot cards. The other is a work in progress combining poetry and prose through footnotes and non-linear storytelling.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I typically promote my books through my website, www.davidwassermanbooks.com, though I also rely heavily on social media and other book-centric websites in order to get the word out.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I would advise new authors to keep writing while submitting works. You never know how long it might take for a manuscript to be accepted and it is very easy to lose your writing polish if you spend too much time waiting and worrying instead of writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I've said this before, but in his book about writing, Stephen King advises against using adverbs in a sloppy manner. I am guilty, but improving.
What are you reading now?
Right now I am reading a few different books, but I am really enjoying the language in T.J. Beitelman's Communion: Stories.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next up is more work on poetry! I hope to have more books out in the not too distant future.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I have answered this question with different books in the past because there are so many good books out there! One of my all time favorites has to be The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht. I love the way she captivates by adding a story within a story.
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