IndieView with Alex Farivar, author of Rotting

She’s quite   the reader and writer herself. Do you outline? End of Interview:
For more from Alex, follow him on Twitter. They each have their own style, and method of conveying a character’s personal   conflict, and of course, the style and pace of their writing. If I’m in a good mood, all I need is some weed, a good meal, a quick   drive while listening to music with some scenery, some more weed, and then I’m ready. There have been times where I sat   down at midnight to write, and didn’t punch in a single word until 4am (sometimes 6am). I’ll go on a drive and listen to music before I start writing. But I’m definitely hiring one for my next book, which is   a fictional novel. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled?   When did you start writing the book? I wanted to take the self-publishing route. I’ll be too stoned and somewhat drunk or buzzed when I’m writing at night, and then   wake up sober in the morning and say: “What the f**k is this shit?”
Did you hire a professional editor? Do you have a target reader? Don’t. Bukowski and Hunter S. About the book
What is the book about? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of   sentences? I wouldn’t be able to say exactly who my target readers are. It’s more for deep thinkers who don’t mind venturing into   the dark zones of their mind. I didn’t hire an editor for this book. But the adventures, the demons, and   conflicts that Bukowski, Thompson, and Burroughs endured in were captivating to me, as   well as relatable. Many people often try to escape, or find a way
out, but in this book, it encourages one to dig deeper, in order to find a way. About You
Where did you grow up? Also, I always have my Mom proof read, and dissect my work. The fact that half of the book (perhaps more I should say) was already written by the time I   decided I wanted to publish the book. It depends on my mood. Currently I’m working on getting   Rotting into Barnes & Noble. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? No. If so can you please describe it? Especially having to decide whether to publish certain material or not due to it   being very personal. It’s important   not to go off of another writer’s style, and to find your own. The collection spans over six to seven years, but putting the book together took me about   eight months. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Certainly. What came easily? It always depends on my mood. What are you working on now? Alex Farivar – 17 January 2019
The Back Flap
Rotting is a collection of dark and lyrical poetry, prose, and notes during a time of inquisitiveness and self-exploration. This book, to me, would be considered an unfiltered self-help   book. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) A collection of poetry, prose, and notes from 2011-2017. Where did you get the idea from? Doesn’t matter the time of the day (but I prefer to write at night). A fictional novel. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I’m a first time published writer. 2011 I guess. Where do you live now? We all know how important it is for writers to read.   How long did it take you to write it? I   wrote the last entry in this book on December 31, 2017. That’s all you need to know. I had a bunch of poems and prose in my archives. Many people often try to escape, or find a way   out, but in this book, it encourages one to dig deeper, in order to find a way. I still smoke   weed, drink, and occasionally eat magical mushrooms; but I got off of heroin, cocaine, pills,   and what I consider to be hard drugs in May of 2012. I had it professionally done by one of my closest friends who is an artist. Burroughs,   Chuck Palahniuk, and Albert Camus are amongst my favorite authors who inspired my writing. But often, I prefer   silence. Just read my book and future books. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people   you know  
Most of the poems are based off of my own personal stories as well as real-world   people, and   their real demise. But I didn’t start organizing, and creating this book until September 2017. I was born in Los Angeles, moved to Orange County where I mostly grew up in the city of   Irvine, and from the age of 18 until now, I’ve gone back and forth from OC to LA. Yes, I tend to outline, and write down notes on a notepad before punching the keyboard. Unless writing is all you feel you can do in this world.   I would definitely say Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. But to be honest, I believe that while one could have an influence on a   person’s writing, a writer, at the end of the day, can only write what they know. And depending on what I’m writing about, I like to watch films that are correlated with the   tone and era of what I’m writing about. But, with this book, it’s not for   the faint-hearted to say the least. Do you listen to music while you write? I figured I should do something with them. Essentially taking what kills you, hurts you, and pollutes your
mind, and turning it into something positive. Far from the conventional style of self-improvement, this book dives into the various ways one can combat their demons, and the ways one can be overpowered by them. Are there any particular authors   that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Not really. Thompson are relatable to me particularly with substance abuse and mania. Questioning life and existence, Alex Farivar shares stories of drug addiction, suicidal tendencies, depression, self-loathing, death, passion, and sex. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Orange Count
What would you like readers to know about you? Thompson, William S. It’s my first published book, so I was winging it at first, but now, I have devised a plan to get   my book in more boutique stores, and bigger bookstores. The book emphasizes more of the   dark side of one’s mind, and the various ways one could take advantage of their disorder or   pain, and direct it into art. But, if I’m not in the best   mood, to say the least, I find myself up all night chain-smoking, smoking a lot of weed,   maybe a couple of drinks, and definitely not sleeping. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Both. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie   authors? But   a lot of the stories I have, that I still haven’t written, have been floating around in my mind   for years and years, and then one day, I’ll just start writing it without jotting down any notes   or outlining. Get your copy of   Rotting from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Although personally, I find most self-help books to be futile, for I’m one that believes   the only way you can truly obtain self-help is within your own self, and self-care. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? But I wouldn’t say that I have a strict method for   preparation. Essentially taking what kills you, hurts you, and pollutes your   mind, and turning it into something positive. Sometimes, I’ll have   my headphones in my ear with Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, or The Rolling Stones on a loop for   a couple of hours while I write; something to set the tone if I need it.