Why do you write fiction?
For me, fiction is by far the easiest and most enjoyable genre to write. It’s what I read, and a perfect way to unwind and remove myself from reality for a while.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
I started writing in 1996 with the first book of my six-book series, Escape. I have always loved science fiction, reading such authors as David Eddings, Terry Brooks, and of course JRR Tolkien. After reading these greats for years, I saw in my mind the perfect scenario for a series of my own, so I created The Phenderians.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Not really. I suppose when writing Grippers, I was directing it towards women, but with my science fiction and fantasy novels, I usually just start writing and go. I think my works are appealing to a wide-range audience. If you can write compelling characters in an intriguing situation, many different readers will find it interesting.
Please describe your writing routine.
I start by creating characters and their personalities. I feel this is the key to good fiction. If you can get your reader invested in an interesting feature character, it will become more enjoyable for the audience. I love to write dialogue and have my characters interact. I feel it can add to my writing with helping to set a scene and the feelings of the characters without needing to explain for pages of scene setting. I head to a local coffee shop to develop the characters for my next novel. I find the white noise forces me to go deeper inside of myself.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
The main thing to remember is that even if you never publish another novel, you need to love to write for yourself. If others like your works, it’s just a bonus. Editing is vital. It’s also important to know when to stop. Most writers are perfectionist. Editing is the hardest part for perfectionists.
More about Grippers:
After being laid off from their corporate jobs, six women ranging in age from 45 to 63 decide to start their own business: a burlesque dance troupe. Renting and restoring an old theater in the heart of San Francisco, as well as learning the dances, are only the beginning.
Hiring, interviews, and becoming a coast-to-coast phenomenon seemingly overnight give difficulty to a profession that already appeared to be stressful enough. Once the public finds out what they’re doing, the rollercoaster ride of events really begins.
How to connect with Mark:
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