Mark Lumby is a talented and funny guy. He adores his family and works hard. I have enjoyed getting to know him better these last several months and reading his writing. I really got to know Mark when he started to put his charity anthology together called Dark Places Evil Faces. There is a lot of talent in that book you won’t want to miss. If you look below you will see the cover of the book. If you haven’t gotten to know Mark you need to and make sure that you read and review his book. Please welcome Mark Lumby to Roadie Notes….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I think I was about 11/12 years old. It was for an assignment in my English class, although it didn’t go down too well with the teacher. After that, I kind of made things up in my head; the stories harboured in head. Sometimes it was a scary place. I actually started writing when I was about 19, scribbles, really rough drafts and nothing too serious. But my writing life, due to family and other life experiences, has been staggered.
2. How many books have you written?
Compared to other writers, I am still new. I have only written 3 books: The Structure; The Unlikely Kind; Most of Me. Although, only one has been released. The Unlikely Kind should be released sometime this year. And the Structure is a huge story. That one could go into 2 books.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Not really. Although, I do write horror, I started off writing science fiction.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m 42, married to a beautiful woman, Sonia, who literally is my soul mate. I have 5 children. I work as a Digital Print Manager and have done for the last 25 years.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I don’t think I’ve written it yet. There is always something in your book that could be changed, that can be tampered with. I try not too tamper as it can ruin things, but its like an itch. But if I had to choose it would be The Unlikely Kind. That story will keep the reader gripped from all angles.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
There are a couple of authors. Stephen King and Graham Masterton. I grew up reading their stuff and will continue to mature reading their stuff. But the spark came from Masterton, Pig’s Dinner.
I have my own take on that story called Retirement Plan.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Erm…write? Watch films, go to the coast. Spent time with my family. Run. Play Lego.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Start thinking about the next, whether it’s a short story or novella or novel, it doesn’t matter. I get excited about the next idea.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
Like Harry Potter…under the stairs. I made my own space under the stairs with all my books wrapped around me…my man den. I like writing in the quiet, but it has to be silent…no voices in the background, otherwise I get moody. But to get that particular mood in the story, music can help.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I think if I could see I would have changed it. Graham Masterton told me that a certain character of mine waffled on a bit, so I changed that. I’m always learning and always changing. I just don’t know I’m doing it. I read something I wrote 15 years ago and compare it to something now. My style has changed.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Continued happiness and stability. My writing runs along side these and if I make famous writer status, then fantastic! But family comes first, my continued dream. Everything else is the cherry on the cake.
12. Where do you live?
I grew up in York, England. I now live in Tadcaster, England.
Oh god…pets! (Sighs) Yes, we have pets. 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 rabbit, and 2 fish. We would have lambs and chickens too if my wife had her say!
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Creating…that idea. It’s like a random seed you pluck from the bottom of a bag. You don’t know what seed it is, what flower it will grow into. That seed is the idea, your first words. And I like to see what flower it grows into. Does that sound too cliché?
15. What is coming next for you?
The Dark Places Evil Faces Anthology. 24 authors 25 stories. All profits will go to m
Macmillan Cancer Support.
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