Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of getting to know another very talented author. Mark is so much fun to talk to. He is smart, witty and a great family man who I am proud to have as a friend. If you haven’t gotten a chance to know him you are missing out on a good friend and talented author! Please check out his books you won’t be sorry! It is my honor to introduce you to Mark Deloy.
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story? I was ten. I read quite a lot of comic books at the time and the small store in downtown Winsted, Connecticut where I bought comics also had a big rack of paperback fiction. So in between months waiting for new comics, I started buying paperbacks. They were mostly crime thrillers. I started to get some ideas about plot twists, how to develop a character and wrapping up a story. So, I decided I was going to write my own short stories. I wish I still had a few of them. It would be interesting to read them again. My daughter, who is twelve has started writing now as well, which makes me extremely proud. I didn’t push her towards it at all, she just started reading like I did and then started writing her own short chapter books. I encourage her and show her some things that I’ve learned along the way. Hopefully she will follow in my footsteps.
2. How many books have you written? I’ve written a total of four novels. The first one is an apocalyptic thriller that I’ve never tried to get published. It never got a title either. I wrote it in my late teens and I may go back and do a massive rewrite someday.
The second novel was The Ghosts of Silence. It’s about a cop in small town 1890’s Tennessee who enlists the help of a country doctor, with the ability to see ghosts, to solve a rash of serial killings.
The third novel is Life Suspended, definitely the best of those first three. It takes place in the same area as The Ghosts of silence, but much later. A child rapist and killer who calls himself the hangman (Life Suspended, see what I did there?) is terrorizing a small town. He hangs his victims out in the woods near town to be picked clean and found by the police. The novel is split between the past and the present for the main characters, so you get to see them as children, facing the same monster. Sort of like IT, but much different.
My newest novel which will be out this year from Stitched Smile Publications, is The Southern House. It’s a paranormal thriller centering around a drug addict who inherits his grandparent’s house and farm. The farm has a dark secret from the past. A creature lives on the farm as well. He travels between all worlds and was given the name Mr. Shift by generations of children and madmen. I had a lot of fun writing it and I think readers will be given something unique with Mr. Shift. He defies convention, that’s for sure.
3. Anything you won’t write about? I read a novel by J.F. Gonzalez called Survivor **Spoiler Alert** Where a baby is raped and then torn apart. I don’t have any desire to bring anything that dark into this world. Both for my reader’s sake and my own psyche.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc… Sure, I’m 43. I just recently got married last May to my beautiful bride, Christi. We have 2 children, Molly is 12 and Hailey is 8. My day job is working for a terrific dialysis company called DaVita. I’m a Knowledgebase analyst/ Technical writer.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written? My favorite book I’ve written is without a doubt, The Southern House. I was really trying to get outside of the known genres. I’ll eventually write a zombie novel and maybe a vampire book, but I really wanted something different and terrifying that you couldn’t define. I don’t want to give too much away, but you go into the book thinking it’s one thing, and it turns out to be something completely different.
6. Who or what inspired you to write? I would say two things inspired me to write and make a career out of it. The first is Thomas Harris. Reading the Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs for the first time was an experience for me. There is a forward in the Red Dragon where Harris is describing a cabin in his home town where he would go to write. It set in the middle of a field and at night he could hear the coyote’s howling along the tree line. That cabin is in my first published Novel, The Ghosts of Silence and it sets the reader up for a pretty terrifying scene. The second inspiration was reading about Stephen King and how he wrote Carrie living in a trailer and writing in the laundry room. It gives me hope.
7. What do you like to do for fun? Mostly for fun, I like to spend time with my wife and two girls. We stay pretty busy on the weekends, trying to cram as much outside time into the weekends as we can working in the garden. Other than that, reading, of course, and playing with my two dogs.
8. And traditions you do when you finish a book? I usually get up, stretch, and just start thinking about my next project. I’ve found that if you stop writing, or at least thinking about writing, that muscle atrophies. I think Stephen King said that in his brilliant book, On Writing. And it’s very true.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music? When I’m plotting it can be anywhere quiet, no music. When I do the actual rough draft I’m in my office with the door shut, very loud music and a lot of coffee. Listening to AC/DC, Metallica, Chevelle, 30 Seconds to Mars, Breaking Benjamin, and Shinedown mostly.
10. Anything you would change about your writing? I’d like to get more disciplined about writing every day. I hate that sometimes I have to go two or three days without actually doing it. I’m usually plotting in my head, but it’s not the same thing as having keyboard time.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer? I’d like to be able to write full time. That’s it. I don’t have to be super famous, although it would be nice. I’d just like a sustainable income.
12. Where do you live? I live in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
13. Pets? Two dogs. A pit bull, named Max, or as my wife likes to call him, Booter, and a Rat Terrier named Chopper. They are big buddies.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing? I would have to say my favorite thing about writing is creating worlds and characters out of nothing. Then watch as they make decisions in the book on their own and I get to write it down. It’s kind of a surreal experience.
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Mark, as always I wish you much success and happiness! Glad I met you!