I've been a professional author for 25 years. I chose the independent publishing route over 20 years ago and haven't looked back since. I rarely submit work elsewhere, my work is either released on my blog or as a book through my imprint, Black Dog Press. The traditional publishing scene revolts me: celebs and derivative hacks rewarded with huge advances and fanfare, everyone else making do on dregs. Two decades ago I resolved to empower myself by going indie; the editors in New York, London, Toronto, can all go to Hell. Thanks to blogging, podcasting, print-on-demand, on-line book selling, we don't need them any more. They are as obsolete as the last dinosaur, bawling in panic from an irresistible tar pit.
I am inspired by unique, original visions. I still find it breath-taking when I encounter an artist who makes me perceive the world in an utterly different light. I have an extensive and eclectic collection of movies and music and I'm always looking for alternative voices and worldviews. I like to write to ambient or soundtrack music and have posted some of my own sonic experiments on my blog, "Beautiful Desolation".
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