Welcome back to Ten Questions with Mia Mondays after my hiatus! My return interview is with fellow paranormal author Mark Knight, who has written Blood Family. Welcome, Mark!
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Author Bio: Mark Knight grew up in Massachusetts, USA. Settling in the UK, Mark continued to write novels of differing genres, including horror and television scripts. Mark has worked on scripts for Hollywood’s Little Slices of Death production company and one for Illusion Studios, for which he has recently signed an Option Acquisition Agreement. He also won several short story competitions, and has had his work featured in published anthologies. Mark concentrates now on Young Adult urban fantasy novels.
Author Site: http://www.markknightbooks.com
You can find his book on Amazon US and UK, as well as Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and Kobo!
About the Writer
1. What five words describe you?
Determined. Imaginative. Creative. Introspective. Searching.
2. What was the first story you ever wrote? I mean the really bad one we all have that you’re trying to hide in the back of closet now that you’re published?
An archaeological adventure called The Pyramid Phenomenon. I wrote a few 20 page ‘novels’ as a young teen. I just made them up as I went along—no intense structuring! This one was based on a dream, about a family having an adventure in Egypt, and unlocking some ancient powers within a pyramid. I still have it somewhere!
3. What inspires you?
That is actually a difficult one, because anything can inspire me to write. It could be a film, or book, or an idea. Or I could be just walking along and my mind goes travelling and next thing I know I have a sequence of events that could be a plot. Dreams often inspire me, as with that very first attempt at writing I spoke of in the last question. I guess the real answer is that life inspires me.
4. What distracts you?
As most writers know, we are enslaved to our computers and most computers these days are linked permanently to the internet. It is a great tool for research and promotion, but it is terribly distracting when emails come in and or someone sends a weird news item your way! Watching DVDs also distracts me; I have quite a collection and buy new films all the time, so there is quite a backlog. Oh – and endless cups of coffee. I should really have an espresso machine at my desk.
5. What’s your favorite story? This can be specific, as in a particular book or even story-driven movie, or general, like “I’m a sucker for a hero looking for redemption story.”
Most of my stories are about your average underdog who discovers great powers they never knew they had before, which ultimately triumph. They are often paranormal powers but sometimes just everyman powers like perseverance or fortitude. I want my readers to think, ‘Yeah, I have some of that too!’ If my work inspires people to reach deep within and find a strength they didn’t know they had, then I am happy.
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About the Writing
1. Tell us about your currently available titles. Blood Family is a Young Adult urban fantasy novel about seventeen-year-old Daniel Dark, and his quest to find his true father, his real mother, and who he really is. After discovering that he is the son of a vampire named Dominus, he sets out on a globe-hopping journey to find his birth mother. She has been imprisoned by Dominus since his birth. Finding her will mean confronting him, and Dominus just happens to be the most powerful vampire who has ever existed.
From Elsewhere is a collection of six short stories, all about unearthly visitors. Angels, aliens, ghosts – they are all here. Many of these stories were previously published or won competitions. As they are all of similar theme, it seemed a good idea to compile them into an anthology. The collection has proven very popular, especially a story called Forbidden, which deals with the consequences of when an angel’s love affair with a demon.
Very soon I will be releasing another Young Adult book, Solomon Grimm and the Well of Souls. This is aimed at a slightly younger audience than Blood Family. Troubled fifteen-year-old British boy, Solomon Grimm, is sent away to live with nuns in Ireland. After running away, he falls afoul of a gypsy curse and is made undead. Together with his friend, Mungo, he braves the chilling Celtic underworld, domain of the flesh-eating Savage Dead, in search of a cure for his undead condition.
2. What’s your favorite part about writing these stories?
I love plotting it out, creating a structure of what happens on a separate Word file, adding images from the internet and anything else that can help create that world. I am finding out what happens in a similar way to the way the reader finds out when he or she begins to read the book. It is crucially important to create a very real world as a basis for a fantasy story, otherwise the fantasy parts fall apart. If it is based in a hard-edged, dirt-under-the-fingernails reality, then the fantasy elements come across as all the more believable.
3. What would your characters say about you? Be honest!
They’d probably say ‘You spend way too much time thinking about us! Get out and get a life!”
4. Who would play your favorite character if they made a movie of their story?
My main character, Daniel, already answered who would play him in a movie in his character interview, but if anyone could play his vampire-hunter girlfriend, Logan DuPris, I would like to see someone similar to Fairuza Balk . You know, gutsy but sexy, and with that shimmer of vulnerability in her eyes, kept well in check.
5. Do you have any projects currently in the works you want to talk about?
I will be releasing three more Young Adult fantasy novels after Blood Family, and am working on the second Blood Family novel. As far as brand new ideas go, I am currently noting out the plot for a dystopian YA book called The Wildwood Chronicles. This could very well be a series of novellas. It will have a young female main character; a girl who starts decides to fight against the creatures who have taken over the earth, creatures once thought to be myth. I am very excited about this one! It will have a hell of a lot of again, blood, and guts. Female warrior characters are great fun to write.
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Thank you, Mark, for joining us today and good luck with your stories!