Interview with Mark Stewart

What are you working on next?
I'm working on the third book of Legendary blue diamond. Planet X91 number five the draught. Kiss on the bridge three and blood red rose three. The first draft of each is completed. I hope by the end of 2014 most will be launched.
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Cussler. James Patterson
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I drive a truck for a living. I like watching movies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't think I'm unique but I really don't like reading. Saying that I love reading the first two hundred words to a novel. The cover must look good and the title.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The only part I remember was the title. I was twelve at the time. It was called the flaming skulls. I entered a school competition. I didn't win due to the fact the teacher thought I copied it from the TV.
What is your writing process?
I really don't have a process. If I hear a word or see something it'll grip my imagination. I form a plot in my head. If I don't think I can get the amount of words I need I shelve it for another time. Then I start with a rough first draft and clean the novel up as I go.
How do you approach cover design?
My mate volunteered to do my first cover. He's done the rest since then.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
my phone
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords and just talking to people
When did you first start writing?
age twelve was when I started.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My newest book Don't tell my secret is about a crime writer who has writer's block and is told to write a romance. He meets a young lady. They fall in love with. They are brought together by an elderly woman who has a secret she has kept all her life. I decided halfway through writing the novel the idea will be a great series.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is an amazing web site. I'd like to personally meet Mark Coker to thank him for Smashwords. The web site has helped me and so many authors to have our novels published world wide. Without Smashwords I'd still be trying to find an agent in a hope he'd try and persuade a publisher to read my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The whole writing process from the first word on the page to seeing it published. Knowing I believe the story is an excellent novel is satisfying. For readers to purchase my novel and think what a waste of time and money is disappointing. I endeavor to improve with each novel written.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without my fans and new readers I'd be thinking what's wrong with my novels.
Published 2014-02-04.
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Books by This Author

Planet X91 The Plague
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Series: planet x91, sci fi. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,180. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Henry informs Florian Josh and Clay why they are on the planet minutes before thousands of tiny winged creatures emerge from the vortex to destroy the Piper. They are surprised the spaceship they call theirs was stolen from the aliens. They want it back. The ship has one last surprise. The trio has a surprise up their sleeve of their own which will hopefully see the aliens defeated again.
Kiss On The Bridge Trilogy
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Series: kiss on the bridge, romance adventure . Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 139,600. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
We follow the lives of sisters Anneli and Meredith from when they meet their husbands. Set in Australia in 1974 they encounter a cyclone a loveless marriage; a murder; jealousy. The sisters see their future differently. One marries a man for his money. The other is attracted to her man for love. The adventure; the romance will keep you in suspense. The twist at the end will leave you wanting more
Kiss On The Bridge Three
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Series: kiss on the bridge, romance adventure . Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,310. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance
Kiss on the bridge three is the finale in the series. Meredith is missing believed to have drowned. An extensive sea search fails to locate her. Wade and Anneli think the accident might have been murder. Proving it is another thing. Jordan Ashcombe, Meredith's new husband is the only witness to what happened. Wade has known Jordan all his life. He feels uneasy over Jordan’s explanation of events.
Planet X91 the fire
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Series: planet x91, sci fi. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,820. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Florian knows the boys don’t care about the warning over the fire. She forces them to look at the brightening sky. A plasma ball of fire from the exploding alien spacecraft gets them into action. The plasma ball is attracted to metal. To save the Piper the trio must discover a way to dispose of the ball of fire. After attempting to drop the orb into the ocean can they save Clay from drowning?
Legendary Blue Diamond Trilogy
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Series: curse of the blue diamond, romance adventure . Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 155,360. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
This Australian action packed trilogy starts in 1855 near the gold fields and spans 159 years, from bushrangers to the modern era. We follow the struggles of the Hayes family who own the blue diamond and the Forland name who are desperate to get their hands on the elusive ring. In the year 2014 it’s Peyton’s turn to keep the secret. At eighteen will she agree?
Legendary Blue Diamond Three
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Series: curse of the blue diamond, romance adventure . Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,100. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Zac and Peyton are in love. When they learn their ancestors were enemies the knowledge destroys their relationship. Zac’s patience runs out. He decides to obtain the blue diamond on his own. However everything goes wrong. Pointing a gun at Peyton he orders her to give him the diamond. Peyton and her mother have to steal it back before anyone else sees it. Will the diamond stay a secret?
Planet X91 The Drought
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Series: planet x91, sci fi. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,740. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Clay, Florian and Josh need to launch a small rock full of ice crystals into a cloud to break the drought. Stopping for a rest they are cornered by a prehistoric spider. They are saved by a girl then escorted to a camp by the girl's sister, Evelina. They are welcomed into the camp. Only thing wrong, they can never leave. Can Josh to save them from certain death?
Planet X91 the storm
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Series: planet x91, sci fi. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,040. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Planet X91 the storm continues the adventures of Josh, Florian and Clay. They are put to the test by having to watch a tsunami smash into the Piper. Then three twisters arrive. A large alien face in the vortex of the third twister gives a warning. Leave the planet or suffer the consequences for their disobedience. Clay is sucked into the air when he steps forward to challenge the alien.
Planet X91 The Underwater Cave
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Series: planet x91, sci fi. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,280. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Florian Fawkes 15, Clay Silver 16 and Josh Quinn 12 have piloted the massive spaceship the Piper to the sea where they hoped to wait out their stay in safety. There’s one thing they have yet to discover. The ship they’re on has a few secrets. After watching aliens leave the teenagers stumble on an idea to order the USS Lock to return. The only thing they shouldn’t do is go for a swim.
Don't Tell My Secret
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You set the price! Words: 53,250. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
How far will you go to keep a secret? A mysterious woman enters author James Buxton’s world at the same time he meets Mia. When the woman tells him she wants to write her last novel he jumps at the chance. Then she says he can have the royalties. She dictates, he types about Lilly who lives in the 1940’s and her struggles to survive. Lilly and Suzie vow to take their unspeakable deed to the grave.
Planet X91 The New Home
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Series: planet x91, sci fi. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,080. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After being separated from the main colony, surviving a crash landing on an uninhabited planet, fighting a prehistoric bird, moving the spaceship to the beach, Clay Silver, Florian, Fawkes and Josh Quinn now must set up a safe home. When Florian decides on a swim in a rock pool the boys have to save her life from an alien. They soon discover they are being tested.
Legendary Blue Diamond Two
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Series: curse of the blue diamond, romance adventure . Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,830. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Set in Australia mid 1800’s. We pick up the story of newly married Jessica Hayes and Lightening Dawn. They’re given a letter Bobbi Forland is on his way. He wants the blue diamond ring she stole from him after he murdered her husband in a poker game. Lightening must protect her and their unborn baby from Forland’s murderous onslaught. Even the lawman seems nervous of his imminent arrival.
Planet X91 the beginning
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Series: planet x91, sci fi. Price: Free! Words: 22,700. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Planet X91 the beginning is a sci-fi adventure series. On board shuttle number one in hyper sleep are Clay Silver 16, Florian Fawkes 15 Josh Quinn 12. They wake five minutes before they crash. The three have to be a team to survive. What dangers will they discover? Will they be rescued? One bad mistake and the newest human colony of three will be extinct. Two questions remain. Who did it and why?
Blood Red Rose Two
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Series: blood red rose, vampire. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,330. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Blood Red Rose Two is the continuing story of William Haleton and Amber Cantala. Haleton is a vampire. Amber is mortal. He thought he had it all. A new wife and new life. The vampire antidote was working perfectly or so he thought. Being transported from one time zone to the next had been a nightmare for centuries. The orb of light is something he never wants to see again.
Kiss On The Bridge 2
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Series: kiss on the bridge, romance adventure . Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,100. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Kiss on the bridge 2 is the second in the series and is a psychological romance adventure. Anneli has a sister her name is Meredith. This is her story. Set in Australia in 1977. Meredith wakes in a coffin, her greatest fear. She has no idea her hero is on the way. They meet and fall in love, but is the emotion strong enough to keep them together?
The Invitation
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Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Evelyn has been invited to a pool party. Strictly no men allowed. When Matt her ex husband turns up she gives him the surprise of his life.
Legendary Blue Diamond
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Series: curse of the blue diamond, romance adventure . Price: Free! Words: 55,170. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Legendary blue diamond is set in Australia mid 1800’s when bushrangers and the gold rush were active. Jessica Hayes steals her blue diamond from under the nose of her husband’s murderer. Bushrangers steal the diamond from her. She sets out to get it back and enlists the help of an aborigine man, Lightening Dawn. They fall in love. The bushrangers want the diamond back and threaten their lives.
The old trucker
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Price: Free! Words: 490. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
the old trucker is set in the outback of Australia and is a flash fiction about the last run a truck driver does.
Ernie's long night
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Price: Free! Words: 1,160. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Ernie’s Long Night is about a man who is the lighthouse keeper at Cape Shank Australia. His wife had died in a storm and as he waits for the day when he will see her again he remembers her and the storm that forced them apart.
A Troglian knows
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Price: Free! Words: 12,090. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The story starts in Australia 2245AD. Twins Jake and Jasmine West travel back in time to 19 February 1942 when Darwin was bombed. This is not where they wanted to be. Jake causes a time ruckus and a Troglian is on his way. A Troglian is a prehistoric dog. Nothing escapes his white eyes.You can't hide from a Troglian. There's one rule for time travel, never change history. Severe penalties apply.
Grey
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Price: Free! Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Grey starts in 1917 when a school boy's desire first switches from football to the opposite sex. The story is then picked up sixty years later in the tail end of his life.
Kiss On The Bridge
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Series: kiss on the bridge, romance adventure . Price: Free! Words: 50,500. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
How would you react if a tall handsome stranger walked up to you on new-years eve and asked for a kiss? Anneli stood alone on a bridge overlooking the Melbourne skyline waiting to welcome in 1974. Wade walked up and asked her for a kiss. They weren’t looking for love however something special happened in the closing minutes of 1973.
Grace
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Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Grace is a short story that is set in the depression years and is about a sixteen and a half year old teenager looking for love. A stranger is offered a job on their cattle station. Grace knows in her spirit he’s the right catch, but her mother wants her to stay away and the stranger to leave.
Lunch Time Surprise
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Price: Free! Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Lunch Time Surprise is the conversation between a young married woman and a stranger in a lift that has stopped between floors. The stress the encounter has on them both and her husband on the other side of the lift door leads to an unsuspected twist in the tail.
Little Straggler
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Price: Free! Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Synopsis: Little Straggler is about the life of a baby elephant. He is smaller than the other babies and tires easily. His mum is constantly dropping back from the herd to find him. One wet night the whole herd is kidnapped by the humans. It’s up to Little Straggler to save them and his mum.
A round shiny object
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Price: Free! Words: 200. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
this short fiction piece has a twist in the tail that will put a smile on your face
He stepped from my dreams
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Price: Free! Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
After slipping overboard from her father’s expensive yacht, Elizabeth makes it to a small island. She wakes to a man storming up the beach. He’s not happy and orders her off the island. Elizabeth soon discovers his secret of why he wants to be alone.
Big Black Shiny Boots
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Price: Free! Words: 520. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A fragile elderly lady waits behind closed doors for the next person to arrive to either evict her or to steal her belongings to pay for the rent. She has other ideas.
I Know Your Secret
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Series: kendal chronicles, crime. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 86,830. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Everyone has a secret. Some people take theirs to the grave. Some hold their desires inside for a lifetime. Some stew on their secret all their life, and then they get revenge. I know your secret is a suspenseful crime novel. Detective Alan Kendal and his partner Detective Claire Ambroso have to locate a missing teenage girl.Kendal is shot then finds a note that reads, 'I was paid to miss.'
Innocent Victim
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Price: Free! Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Innocent Victim is a woman's view point of the last minutes before world war two ended and her struggles to get through. Waiting to hear if her husband will return, she wonders how his mental state is and will they stay together.
Luke's Cubby House
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Price: Free! Words: 1,690. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This short story has been written on the Darwin floods. I see every child as a hero. Luke doesn't see himself as a hero. Then the river floods. If he doesn't do something the bully in his class will drown.
Kate and Ben
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Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Kate had watched her husband go off to war and while she waited each day for his return she had given birth. She lived in the same house as her father. He helped to look after Kate and Ben's son. One day Ben came walking up the road. Kate had planned the perfect reunion and rushed over to the big tree where she waited. Ben didn't rcognize his son and why did he make it to the tree and ignore Kate?
Book of short stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,390. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
This is a book that has five seperate Australian short stories the first is on the last moments of world war two. The second is on a lighthouse keeper. The third is a short horror. The fourth is a first meeting between a young woman and man in the depression years. The fifth is a short romance when a young lady is washed onto a beach and meets a man of her dreams.
The games we play
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Price: Free! Words: 420. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
The games we play is a soldier who has been lost. He's all alone and is wondering why he hasn't been evacuated like the rest of the battalion
Little Blue Turns Red
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Price: Free! Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Little blue turns red is directed at four year-olds. The story is about a blue blood cell and his first adventure after he was created. He's an inquisitive cell and although he is told to line up he wants to explore. His journey starts when he meets Miss White; a white corpuscle. Together their journey takes them to the heart and then to the brain then to the lungs for air.
Grandma's Magical Elephant
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Price: Free! Words: 1,200. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This children's book is a fantasy that is directed at three to six year olds. It is about a stuffed elephant that comes alive to try and put a smile on Wendy's face while she is in hospital by tickling her toes, nose and ears.
Heart Of A Spider
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Series: kendal chronicles, crime. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 91,680. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Detective Kendal is chasing a patient who has escaped from the mental institution. He wants to sever Kendal's life line. The chase is complicated by the visitation of a ghost and a supposed vigilante. Kendal is to meet the man at midnight at the end of a wharf. Kendal's partner, on stake out, is approached by the accomplice who was involved in the murder of her husband six months in the past.
The Perfect Gift
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Price: Free! Words: 51,090. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Naomi, at twenty six has had enough of men mistreating her and applies to be a Jillaroo in outback Australia. She falls in love with a cowboy. They make a bet. From the city of Melbourne to a fast flowing river where Trent has to save Naomi from drowning, love germinates in a storm. Will Naomi save the cattle station from bankrupcy? Can Trent save Naomi from her obssesive ex-boyfriend, Brandt?
The Blood Red Rose
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Series: blood red rose, vampire. Price: Free! Words: 58,620. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
William Haleton was an innocent man then he was transformed into a vampire. The rules are: sever the life line of 100 evil souls. If you take too long you'll be transported through time. Haleton meets and falls in love with Amber. Haleton's vampire cousin, Crompton, wants her to die. There's an antidote. Will it be discovered before time runs out? Craig loves Amber too, but can he be trusted?