The book I wrote is Evolution of Insanity, a book that contains short stories and some essays put in chronological order. While the stories are fiction with deep philosophical and dark humor embedded in them, there is a real strong sense of destroying one’s concept and helping rediscover. It is through this book that a reader gets to experience the author rediscovering the universe after first destroying everything taken first as fact. It brings forth an open slate, and challenges the reader to react and be part of the stories, to do their own self rediscovery.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am an Indian born and raised in the Philippines. I do have a strong American accent, which confuses everyone else. I have lived quite some time in a hermetic, anti social state, and oscillate between being very very extrovert to becoming introvert. I am currently an environmental solutions provider as well as trader/wholesaler/retailer, and have various entrepreneurial experiences. I have been writing since I was 17 with focus on poetry first before dwelling into short stories. This gives my short stories a very literary feel, as they paint with words and bring about an overall holistic experience. What is interesting about me is that I have never had a girlfriend 🙂
What inspired you to write this book?
I love to write, and zone out when writing. It helps me design the strangest pieces in the process. I have been keeping a compilation and sharing them with friends. A few of them did suggest that I make it a book, but it was only until a good friend of mine not only said it, but got me all the information I needed to actually make it a book that I did consider getting my work published.
How did you choose the title?
Stories are usually the expressions of their creator/authors. This book is the same in the sense that it expresses my discovery, put in riddles and fiction. But it also goes with Nietze’s thoughts, “Just because a person is dancing without music does not make him insane, perhaps we just cannot hear the music.” Evolution of Insanity has new sets of thoughts that has opened eyes and concepts never thought about, and this will leave one understanding the insanity of the author, or even so, the true insanity of the world.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
Marketing has been a key issue. I need to do more offline marketing and talks to get myself better recognized. I am trying to schedule them together with getting a local publisher to publish my books.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
It was natural, it was enjoyable, and I just started typing.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I had to feel them and the name that fits them, they also become regular characters in other stories accordingly.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
1. Work out some pre-marketing first
2. Start working with your local community
3. Get at least 30 book reviews before publishing and have them sent out.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I love books that are intelligent and funny. I am a big fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chuck Pallahniuk, Douglas Adams, PJ O’rourke, Haruki Murakami, David Sedaris, Gita Mehta, and many many more. Their style, humor, and embedded value in the book is paramount
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Get a reviewer you do not know to review your book, get at least 10. I have met writers who think they published a good book because they have polite friends. If you read their books, it was completely substandard. It becomes disappointing for writers to have major failures when the book reaches public just because they were given false reviews.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
People who are naturally curious, intelligent, and enjoy twisted stories and strange humor. This book is definitely not for the general public. I have been hated a few more times than normal by those who were overly conservative.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Readers can get more info about my book and where it can be bought from the following sites