Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Smashword Interview




As I promised, I will be posting from time-to-time my interview by Smashwords, which I hope will shed some insights into the creation of the two books, The Shaitan and Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York, I published through their online Ebook distribution platform. So, here it is! As always I welcome your thoughts.



Smashword: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?  

Daniel Canada: The first story or stories I ever read were from the Bible with my mother. I must've been at least three years of age. After which it was difficult reading the required books given to me by my elementary school teachers. Stories such as Jane and Dick, and See Spot Run.

The first story I ever read that influenced me as a child in some way was the book Where The Wild things Are, by Maurice Sendak. That book not only caused my imagination to run amok, but made it easier to embrace the unimaginable.



Smashword: How do you approach cover design?

Daniel Canada:  To be sure, this process was very difficult and a huge learning curve for me, since I primarily am a writer and not a graphic designer. Fortunately I discovered a website and program called Canva. The instructions were simple enough for a design novice like myself and they even offered a tutorial.

I had several initial ideas of how I wanted my book cover for The Shaitan in particular to look. Though I ran into a problem at the beginning with selecting the proper images, being that the ones provided online were a bit costly. I resolved this challenge by taking my own photos with my cell phone and using these. At the advice of a trusted friend I decided to change the original book cover's images and replace it with more subtle ones.

For the Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York I used a copy of a photo taken of me and gifted to me by my former homeless partner, Hobobob. These I felt would be attractive to the general audience and denoted more accurately what the two books were about.



Smashword: When did you first start writing?

My writing career began when I was in Alfred E. Smith Vocational High School and wrote editorials for my school's newspaper, The Smith Chronicles. After being further encouraged by an English teacher to enter into and submit an article in the city-wide NBC competition for amateur journalists and later being notified that I had won, I realized that at least an amateur career as a serious writer was a possibility for me.

My first major writing undertaking was co-authoring an historical fiction novel entitled Hegemony, with a friend of mine, which is yet to be published. After that time I've gone on to writing and self-publishing my own works The Shaitan  and Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York, both sold on Smashword, Barnes and Nobles and other ebook sites.




“THE SHAITAN” & “HOBO HANDBOOK: MEMOIRS OF A HOMELESS POET IN NEW YORK” ARE CURRENTLY BEING SOLD AT THESE LOCATIONS:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/655627

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hobo-handbook-daniel-canada/1124340542?ean=2940153669205

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hobo-handbook-memoirs-of-a-homeless-poet-in-new-york

They are not being sold on Amazon.com at this time.

To view a few sample pages or to purchase the books visit:

https://smashwords.com/books/view/573076  (Note: You must 1st remove “adult content” filter from top right hand corner of Smashword page to access the books, by clicking the “Adult Content” button before searching for the titles titles in search field).

If you want to view my Smashwords Author Profile visit:


You can also check out the comments I will be posting on these social media sites:


My Twitter account: https://twitter.com/lordlumiel
If you wish to shoot me a personal note, this is my email address: lordlumiel@yahoo.com








Monday, November 21, 2016

A Literary Announcement




Season’s greetings folks! OK, as you all know I just wrote and published two books, The Shaitan and Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York. One’s an action spy-thriller novel, which happens to deal with the New York poetry scene. The other is a memoir of my 5 years as a homeless poet; both of which I published through Smashword.

Subsequently I will be periodically posting my interview with Smashword, giving you a little deeper insight into my thinking and what was on my mind during the process of materializing these two major writing projects.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading the excerpts of my interview. And, as always, I welcome your comments. 

I also want to thank you all very much for purchasing an electronic copy of my work and for the encouraging email and FB replies. I really am grateful for your support. So be on the lookout for my next book (hint: It’s has something to do with poetry).

All the best,
Daniel Canada aka Obsidian



“THE SHAITAN” & “HOBO HANDBOOK: MEMOIRS OF A HOMELESS POET IN NEW YORK” ARE CURRENTLY BEING SOLD AT THESE LOCATIONS:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/655627

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hobo-handbook-daniel-canada/1124340542?ean=2940153669205

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hobo-handbook-memoirs-of-a-homeless-poet-in-new-york

They are not being sold on Amazon.com at this time.

To view a few sample pages or to purchase the books visit:

https://smashwords.com/books/view/573076  (Note: You must 1st remove “adult content” filter from top right hand corner of Smashword page to access the books, by clicking the “Adult Content” button before searching for the book titles in search field).

If you want to view my Smashwords Author Profile visit:


You can also check out the comments I will be posting on these social media sites:

My Twitter account: https://twitter.com/lordlumiel
If you wish to shoot me a personal note, this is my email address: lordlumiel@yahoo.com







Thursday, October 06, 2016

My Memoir Finally


Hello my fellow poets, artists and poet aficionados!


I’m more than pleased to announce that I have just completed publishing my long-awaited biography entitled: Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York. Many of you are aware of the five years I spent along with Hobobob on the street as we ran two memorable open mic venues, The Times Square Shout Out, and The Shout Out at Ottos.

What most of you weren’t aware of is what took place before and afterward. Where did I sleep? How did I manage to provide for my sustenance and upkeep?

Well, it’s all being told now in my memoir!

Here’s a synopsis of what you’ll discover.

Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is the story of my five years living on the mean and unforgiving streets of New York City. Though it deals with a crucial topic it is a testament that homelessness, as tragic as it is, is survivable.

Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is based upon the NPR Radio program This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass, which was broadcasted in 2008 across 5oo radio stations in the U.S, to an audience of over 2,000,000 listeners. The radio program was about me and my former homeless partner, Hobobob’s life as artists hacking out an inhospitable existence on the streets of New York, while plying our trade in the poetry world.

However this memoir is based upon my own personal experience of living outdoors and what I had to do to survive.

Even though the initial NPR radio program aired a full 37 minutes, longer than any other pod cast on This American Life at the time, I felt there was yet more to say about the growing phenomenon of homelessness and my particular experience. I also wanted to explicate further upon my time spent without a place to call home and what I learned, which could serve to benefit those who might be unfortunate enough to find themselves in this horrific set of circumstances.

My memoir delves deep into and sheds light upon the hither-to-unknown, shadowy world of the homeless and intends to dispel a lot of the myths associated with this peculiar state of affairs. What is more, it is designed to be a guide to anyone who might be suddenly thrust in this confusing, tangled maze, with the view to returning to a life of normalcy while maintaining their precious sanity.

Covering an assortment of topics germane to homeless life and highlighting the valuable lessons I attained, Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is a tale with a common theme: Being homeless does not mean it is the end of the world. One can not only live through this adversity but also rise out of it, as I’ve done.

So, buckle up your seat belts because you’re getting ready to embark upon a wild and unforgettable journey into the unknown!

I invite you all to visit the ebook sites listed below, purchase an electronic copy and enjoy reading this narrative. What is more, I welcome your comments, constructive criticisms and insights and would love to get feedback from you.

The book is being sold online at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Epub, Mobi (Kindle), Irf, Pdb for Palm and Kobo Ebooks sites, for $3.99 a copy.

For more information and updates you can follow me on my social networks listed below.

Daniel Canada aka Obsidian


If you want to view my Smashwords Author Profile visit: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ObsidianBlade64

To view a few sample pages or to purchase Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York visit:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/655627 (Note: You might have to 1st remove “adult content” filter from top right hand corner of Smashword page to access the book, by clicking the “Adult Content” button before searching for book title Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York in the search field).


HOBO HANDBOOK: MEMOIRS OF A HOMELESS POET IN NEW YORK IS CURRENTLY BEING SOLD AT THESE LOCATIONS:

Barnes & Noble Bookstore: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hobo-handbook-daniel-canada/1124340542?ean=2940153669205

Kobo Bookstore: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/hobo-handbook-memoirs-of-a-homeless-poet-in-new-york

It is not sold on Amazon.com at this time.

You can also check out the comments I will be posting about the making of the book, as well as background material on these social media sites:

My Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/daniel.canada3
My Twitter account: https://twitter.com/lordlumiel