Interview with Mike Marsden

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a new series called "Mental Filters" hopefully I will have it and the next book in the Cambirsteen series finished next year
Who are your favorite authors?
James Gurney and Brom
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to paint (I know who would have guessed), binge watching netflix series and playing League of Legends
What is your writing process?
I usually doodle a picture then start making up a story about the character. As I design the character I think of the clothing they wear and the accessories they use. Then I design the characters/ creatures that would make those items. As I do that I start to develop the world and culture that the character is part of. Each of these characters/creatures I design beasts that assist or threaten them.
By the time I am finally finished with all of this my main character is developed and I just have to figure out what will motivate them in the upcoming book.
Usually designing the storyline is a quick note of what is going to happen then fleshing out the parts I find exciting and writing in bridging events to make it feel succinct.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually write the entire book then create all the interior art and pick my favorite painting from the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C Wrede
One of my favorite books of all time, it depicts a princess who battles evil and rolls her eyes at all the people telling her she should be screaming in fear. When I write female characters I always measure them against the main character Cimorene to decide if I am creating a fun character or a one dimensional screeching female.

DInotopia by James Gurney
Best artwork of dinosaurs I have ever seen, a lot of my character process was inspired by James' artwork and notes, I was so excited about the backstories of the characters that I realized this was something I wanted to include in my own art.

Plucker by Brom
I first read this book when I was 18 and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my art, his dark illustrated novel revealed that I could create and illustrate books for adults and make then exciting

The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
An incredible book that made magic exciting and created a dazzling world inside my mind

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
One of the first long books. Many of my early attempts at drawing were inspired by this book.
What do you read for pleasure?
The Dresden Files
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Android Phone
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I have 3 monitors. All around the desk I have water bottles with varying amounts of water (good to stay hydrated).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is really tough to get into the industry unless you are willing to sacrifice parts of your book or art. Since I have a hard time doing either of those things indie made sense.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh gosh... yeah, it was pretty bad. I had actually done an illustrated book that was basically a huge ripoff of the Hobbit. The only difference was the characters were some monsters I had created.
Published 2017-11-25.
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Books by This Author

Poet - A Short-Attention-Novel
Series: Cambirsteen. Price: Free! Words: 5,140. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A young girl nicknamed Poet uses words to cast spells and battle monsters while searching for a kidnapped friend. This is a Short-Attention-Novel Version. A quick read with bunches of beautiful artwork.