INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MARK BOYD BY AOIFE MARIE SHERIDAN 


 

Question: What have you published recently?  The only novel in print right now, is The Prophecy. I have completed Book 2, The Book of Genevieve and it is in the editing phase. It should be ready for release end of April 2014.  I have already started writing some on Book 3, Mishmakon, The Dragon King. That will complete the trilogy.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?  I remember the day well. It was a bright sunny day in Fort Collins, Colorado. I was self employed and decided to take the day off. I was sitting at my computer and staring out the window, contemplating a bike ride. All of a sudden, this idea popped into my head and I started writing. I had some experience with channeling in the past and thought this might be something coming through. I had no idea, at the time, it would end up as a trilogy. I wrote nearly the entire day. That evening I read through what I had written. It was the making of a story, a fantasy. I decided to write that entire weekend, to see where it might lead. It was like watching a movie in my mind and trying to keep up with it on the computer. That was ten years ago and I still write the same way today. Because life gets in the way, it took eight years to complete the first book. I still work full time and the second book was completed in fourteen months.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?  Books are available from the following sources:

Signed copies available from a personal request at:  mark@adragonstale.net

Amazon at the following link:  http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Tale-The-Prophecy-Book/dp/1480064629/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_1

 

Smashwords at the following link:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/379113

 

Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, Washington and Hastings Bookstore, Spokane, Washington

 

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?  Since I still work fulltime, my writing is normally on the weekends. I have a three day weekend so I can get a lot accomplished.  Typically, I start the morning with a cup of coffee, answering emails, fixing breakfast, drinking coffee, checking social network sites and doing some marketing, drinking coffee and about 1 pm I start to write. Sometimes I’ll write until 5 or 6 pm, fix dinner, have a drink, and then write until I wake up at the computer and go to bed. Although it’s hard to write during the week, because I get home from work at 7pm, when I do, it’s usually until 12 am or 1.  It’s hard to stop when I’m in the flow.

 

 

 

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them.  In The Prophecy, Anaterri and Leandro are my favorites. Anaterri is a blue dragon, choosing to live in human form most of the time as a healer. Prince Leandro Sargovia is an adventurous young man taught to love the forest and its inhabitants by his father, King Galen Sargovia. Anaterri ends up saving Leandro’s life with a blood transfusion after he is set upon by outlaws and nearly killed. When the images came to mind of the two characters, Jennifer Connolly was the mindset on Anaterri and a young Hugh Jackman as Leandro. The two fall in love during his recovery and the prophecy is set in motion with a human/dragon union. I wanted to portray my characters as strong but sensitive, just yet able to kick ass when needed. Loving and caring but able to be hurt, and express the emotions, i.e., real people.

Question: Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?  I have learned so much from my writing experience. My mentor, Terri Valentine, is an award winning romance author.  She took an interest in my writing and we worked together for nearly two years fine tuning the manuscript before it was published. I had never written a novel before but she enjoyed the story line. I had a propensity for dangling modifiers, head hopping and was comma-tosed. She was patient yet demanding. She was critical when need be and also praised the areas I did well. I am an avid reader, always have been. I can’t believe how many errors I find in A-list novels today. They have paid staffs to edit. Excuse me!!! It doesn’t justify me to be a sloppy author but it does allow me to see that even the “big boys and girls” can screw up.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?   If I do listen to music when I write, it is usually new age. I listen to Pandora a lot and some of my favorites are Peter Kater, Dean and Dudley Evenson, and the Secret Garden. I have even felt some of their music extremely fitting for my writing, should it ever reach to a movie offer.

Question: What do you eat while writing?   I enjoy snacking on tortilla chips and a good hot queso dip that I make. I do love to cook and one of my next projects down the road will be a holistic cookbook. One of my friends recently told me, “Someday you will make some lucky lady a perfect wife.” Whatever....

Question: Where can we find you on the web?  My web address is:  www.adragonstale.net.  You can see all three books posted there with excerpts.  I am now posting reviews there as well.

 

 

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