Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Garrett Dennert to the blog. He’s here to answer some of our questions and to share about his book, Wounded Tongue. If this book sounds like something you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two.
IBP – How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?
Garrett – Wounded Tongue is an exploration of generational coexistence amidst the horrors of the apocalypse.
IBP – Do you listen to music while writing?
Garrett – Usually. I tend to turn to a playlist I’ve been expanding for years, which is mostly comprised of film soundtracks I love (i.e. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Interstellar, Spotlight). While writing, I shy away from music with lyrics – lyrics can make it hard for me to focus on my own words, sometimes.
IBP – Do you have a day job?
Garrett – I do. I strategize, create and market various forms of content for a digital publishing company. Those forms include, but aren’t limited to: blog posts, digital petitions, giveaways, and interactive content.
IBP – Do you read reviews written about your book?
Garrett – At this moment, there haven’t been any reviews written, but I definitely will. I want to be a great writer, and I think the best way to do so is by soaking up as much honest feedback as you can. I can’t wait to see what readers think of the book.
IBP – What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
Garrett – For me, the hardest part about writing a book is just finding the time to do so. Life is busy, and it isn’t going to miraculously become less busy. So one has to carve out time to make their ideas come to life. And it can be really, really difficult to do so, to find that time, to balance that time with your day job, with your social life, with your family.
IBP – What part of the writing process do you love? What part do you hate?
Garrett – I hate writing the first draft, honestly. It kills me. There’s a lot of hesitancy when it comes to sitting down and writing the first draft because I just know how awful it’s going to be, and how much it’ll all change during the editing process. Consequently, the revision process is the part I love – I love playing with the dials, so to speak, hacking and tweaking here and there to find, expose, and lift the power of the piece.
IBP – Where do you get your inspiration?
Garrett – May be an odd place to do so, considering that I primarily write fiction, but I get a lot of my inspiration from contemporary science. I follow a lot of scientific publications on social media, and spend more time than I’d like to admit reading about where humankind is headed, and, more importantly, how we’ll be getting there. And sometimes it results in me jotting down an idea that sparked while doing so, something that can be used to either drive or supplement narrative.
IBP – What is one book that you think everyone should read?
Garrett – The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. Talk about gut punch after gut punch. Love that book.
IBP – How can readers stay in touch?
Garrett – Readers can stay in touch with me and my work through Orson’s Publishing (orsonspublishing.com), through Twitter (@garrettdennert), Instagram (@gdennert), and Goodreads.
IBP – Morning person or night owl?
Garrett – If I were asked this a couple of years ago, I definitely would’ve said, “night owl.” But that just doesn’t work for me anymore. Working full time means that you have to decide how you’re going to keep your writing schedule alive – in the morning, or at night – and I continue to choose the former, as writing at night just does funny things to me. Keeps me awake. Messes with my dreams. So now, I’ll regularly get up at 5:00am or 5:30am, put on some coffee, and flip open the notebook.
IBP – Are you working on anything new, and, if so, when can we expect to see it?
Garrett – Pretty soon I’ll be putting the finishing touches on Strays Like Us, a short story collection I hope to publish in the next year or so. And after that, I’ll be picking Backbone up again, which is a novel told in flashes.
The world went dark months ago.
Most chased the light as it went out. Those that stayed now live in fear – of the depletion of resources; of the blackout’s effects on the environment; of the masked tribes warring over pockets of the new world.
It’s only in the aftermath of sudden events that Vitri, a middle-aged scavenger from Waco, Texas, finds himself thrust in motion, eastward, towards family with whom he has no intention of resuming life.
Circumstances force Vitri to cross paths with Reyn, a hearing-impaired orphan also journeying alone. Head and heart tell each to ally, to navigate the obstacles before them and travel east together. But what they discover lies between them soon becomes the largest obstacle of all.
In 2012, Garrett Dennert obtained his B.A. in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University, emphasizing in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. There, he contributed to the school’s literary journal, fishladder, and soon after served as founding member and Nonfiction Editor of Squalorly.
Dennert has since been fortunate enough to place stories and essays at Barely South Review, Midwestern Gothic, Monkeybicycle, and Whiskeypaper.
Wounded Tongue is his first novel.