His moniker is unusual, but his debut novel even more so. Ara 13‘s book DRAWERS AND BOOTHS is the first metafiction-genre novel I’d read, and it was wild. Genre switch-ups, characters that speak directly to the reader, deliberate authorial intrusions make Drawers and Booths both unsettling and exhilarating. It’s a slim novel, almost a novelette, but each page packs a punch.
(Missed part one of our interview with Ara 13? Click HERE)
We’re pleased to present part two of our interview with Ara 13.
Q: DRAWERS AND BOOTHS is as unorthodox a book as they come. How do you market the unboxed book?
Ara 13: Primarily, word of mouth will determine the marketing success of Drawers & Booths. I feel great about the product, as well as my next two books; and it is easy to speak with enthusiasm about work one genuinely loves. I can only hope my sincere desire to produce a great product will translate into book sales. But, I imagine any following to be akin to a grassroots endeavor. I would be startled to find myself mainstream, particularly because I am unimpressed with most forms of entertainment that is a mainstream phenomenon. This doesn’t mean I do not have respect for the general audience; I just know that commonality of taste tends toward the common. I will be content with any audience that is sincere; and I rely on happy readers passing my name on to their friends. I won’t produce work I don’t respect. I can only hope this attitude translates into sales.
Q: Where does independent literature fit into today’s publishing culture, especially when publishers are under pressure to produce more commercial work?