Mark is our next victim for interviews. Mark is a nice guy and very creative. If you love horror you will love Mark! If you haven’t read anything by him then you are truly missing out! Go check him out! I’m happy to introduce you to Mark Cassell…..
How old were you when you wrote your first story?
I may have been about six or seven years old when I wrote a tale called “The Clockwork Man”. Steampunk, perhaps? It had a beginning, middle, and end, so it was a proper story. I even taped the pages together to create a book. With a front cover and everything.
How many books have you written?
I’ve a few titles out, although only one novel: The Shadow Fabric (2014). It’s about demons, devices, and deceit. We follow Leo, a man who remembers little of his past. Desperate for a new life, he snatches up the first job to come along. On his second day, he witnesses a murder, and the Shadow Fabric – a malevolent force that controls the darkness – takes the body and vanishes with it. Uncovering secrets long hidden from humankind, Leo’s memory unravels. Not only haunted by the past, a sinister presence within the darkness threatens his existence and he soon doubts everything and everyone…including himself.
In addition to this, there’s Sinister Stitches (2015), a collection of short stories in the Shadow Fabric Mythos, and most recently Chaos Halo 1.0: Alpha Beta Gamma Kill (2016) which contains the first episodes of a speculative fiction series.
Anything you won’t write about?
I guess I’m up for anything, but I will always lean towards supernatural horror. Even my Sci-Fi and steampunk has a horror element somewhere.
Tell me about yourself. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m married and approaching 40 years old. No kids. Part-time I teach people to drive, and I write stuff for the rest of it.
What’s your favorite book you have written?
I can talk stories rather than books. With the expansion of the Shadow Fabric Mythos, it’s difficult to point at an individual story though. However, one of my favourites would be a novelette that featured in a steampunk anthology in 2014. Titled “Hole in the Sky”, it gave me a taste for that genre. I’ve since started to flesh out a steampunk universe, but that’s taking time.
Who or what inspired you to write?
Way back at school, my English teacher kicked my arse. He told me to stop acting the class jester, and so I tied myself to the chair and wrote a werewolf story called “Moons of Blood”.
What do you like to do for fun?
I’m an avid gym-goer and happily tune myself into a metal soundtrack. Also, I often sit in the middle of a field somewhere and step away from the world.
And traditions you do when you finish a book?
No cigar, no whiskey. I simply sit back and wonder if the damn thing is any good.
Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I write anywhere, but it’s almost always quiet. If I do put on any music it’ll be instrumental, whether it’s a soundtrack or something by Tangerine Dream.
Anything you would change about your writing?
My output speed. I wish I could knock out more words per hour, but for me that just doesn’t happen. I spend too much time developing the story in my head.
What is your dream? Famous writer?
I’m happy to simply have my work out there, being read and enjoyed. I recently attended a convention where for the first time people requested photos with me, eagerly buying the second book in the Shadow Fabric Mythos. I can class them as fans, I guess, and was most humbled.
Where do you live?
In a rural part of south-east England. I’m a tree-hugger at heart, so give me a field and a notebook and you’d lose me for hours.
Isabelle the cat, George the rabbit, and Leroy the albino guinea pig. Each have little quirks just like their owners.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Honestly? It’s a vent for the weird shit in my head.
Mark, as always thank you for spending time with me and letting our readers get to know you better! I wish you much success!
You can connect with Mark at the following:
Free books and free stories: http://www.markcassell.com
The Shadow Fabric mythos: http://www.theshadowfabric.co.uk
Where to buy:
The novel, The Shadow Fabric: http://amzn.to/19KZChF
The short story collection, Sinister Stitches: http://amzn.to/1SuHihP
The SF series, Chaos Halo 1.0: Alpha Beta Gamma Kill: http://amzn.to/1TMQ3Bn