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Talking Books with Cary Smith, author of 'Four Corners'

Four Corners Or a Book That Will Tickle Your Intellectual Nipple
Cary Smith

Our guest today is Cary Smith, author of Four Corners Or a Book That Will Tickle Your Intellectual Nipple. Cary, the nom de plume of Greg Hawkins, lives in San Jose, CA. He became interested in books and writing because of a teacher. His favorite book is "Hocus Pocus," by Kurt Vonnegut or “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He is currently either going to finish his collection of short stories next or turn one of his short stories into a novel, which would be a new take on the ghost genre.

Thank you for this interview, Cary. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

Well, I’m 27 years old, not single, sorry ladies, but not married…so there’s a little hope to still catch me. I’m a full-time substitute teacher with no desire to become a full time teacher. I’ve been writing since I was out of high school, but only felt I was ready to publish now.

Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?

I’m really bad at this, but it is about growing up, mainly, from, well, I’m never really good at remembering coined generation names, but basically the main character is in school from the Columbine shootings to the start of Iraqi freedom, or whatever they ended up coining it in the end.

Why did you choose your particular genre?

It was the first thing that I needed to write for therapy. I cannot afford therapy, even with Obamacare, and especially back when I first started writing this, I definitely could not. So, it wasn’t really a choice!

What was your greatest challenge writing this book?

Not being lazy, and actually re-reading it, proofing it. It was the worst, especially for some one like me, it was a real struggle.

Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?

I self-published under my own publishing company Shakespeare’sFool after being ignored by agents, etc. I also had a little help from the people at CreateSpace and Bookbaby.

Was it the right choice for you?

There was no other choice. I wasn’t going to wait around for some agent, and I certainly wasn’t going to waste my money going to some literary convention type of thing that I heard about back in college.

How are you promoting your book thus far?

On Facebook, blogs, reviews and some radio interviews.

How is that going for you?

The first radio interview went well, I think the guy actually glanced at the book and had relevant questions. The second one was terrible. The guy just kept asking me, “So, explain your book some more.” Then he would say in a radio voice, “WW…” or whatever the station was, “…world famous, etc.” It was terrible, but if I didn’t have to talk it would have been funny.

Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?

No, sales are very, very low. Facebook seems to generate a lot of people to press like, but they don’t seem to like to buy things. Maybe they’re waiting until they can download it for free.

Do you have another job besides writing?

Full-time substitute teacher.

If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?

Um, get Russell Crowe to say he’s the author of your book, especially if you don’t have any wizards, vampires, zombies, sex, or hardcore mental sex.

What’s next for you?

Um…we’ll see. It’s a very exhausting process. I may just find that it’s not worth it.

Thank you for this interview, Cary. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?

Yes, on Amazon.com, type in Intellectual Nipple, and my author page is there. Also on facebook at facebook.com/tickleintellectual.

Four Corners Or A Book That Will Tickle Your Intellectual Nipple is available on Amazon.