Interview with Mark Bello

What is your writing process?
Fits and spurts. I typically write about events that have a profound effect on my life. While both of my books are fiction, they are based on actual events or circumstances that caused me to sit down and write
How do you approach cover design?
I try to use images and titles that capture the heart of my novels' topics and messages. Hopefully, I have done that in an effective way
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, John Grisham's A Time to Kill, R.R. Martin's The Game of Thrones Series, Ken Follet's Century Trilogy, Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides and a special mention to Daniel Silva and all of his Gabriel Allon novels. That's more than five, but the question is impossible. I cannot explain why other than they are all well written, can't be put down books that completely captured my interest and imagination.
What do you read for pleasure?
I always read for pleasure. My favorite genre is legal thrillers and my favorite series is Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series, but I have read and enjoyed a wide variety of books
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook. I like the options
Describe your desk
Messy; cluttered; a disaster. However, I usually know where to find what I need
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Detroit and its northwest suburbs; I have lived and worked there all of my life. The area has been the setting for both of my novels and they were inspired by events that effected my life and the lives of citizens in my hometown.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since high school in various formats and capacities. I presume the question refers to my novels and I started writing my first novel in 1999.
What's the story behind your latest book?
n Washington D.C., America has just elected a new president, whose Islamaphobic campaign platform is "Make America Pure Again". Meanwhile, in Dearborn, Michigan, home to the largest concentration of Muslims in America, a white supremacist finds an explosive way to honor the new president; he firebombs a local mosque. A young Muslim woman, Arya Khan, dubious that the local police will conduct a thorough investigation, decided to conduct her own. She identifies a suspect, follows him and, in a interesting twist of events, witnesses his murder. The police arrive at the scene and quickly determine that all evidence points to Ayra as the perpetrator. As she is formally charged with murder, the news finds its way to the new POTUS who views the incident as an excuse to test his new immigration policies. The president orders the deportation of Arya's immigrant parents.

Celebrity attorney Zachary Blake (Betrayal of Faith) is retained to represent Ayra and her parents. While the local police department firmly believes in Arya's guilt, a secret, rogue, investigation is conducted by skeptical police lieutenant. Meanwhile, a group of white supremacists attempts to thwart any investigation into the group's involvement. In a deeply divided America, can Zachary and his crack investigator, Micah Love, save Ayra Khan or will she fall victim to a Betrayal of Justice?

This highly topical and gripping novel challenges our views of religious equality, constitutional integrity, and asks whether we, as a constitutional democracy, truly understand the words "with liberty and justice for all".
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am proud of my writing and feel that my novels deserve to be read. Indie publishing was the only way I, a novice at 65 years old, could get my books to market.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing a project and hearing that readers have enjoyed reading my book(s)
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I write for their enjoyment and entertainment. Hopefully, they learn a thing or two along the way.
What are you working on next?
I just finished a novel called Betrayal of Justice, the second legal thriller of the Zachary Blake Betrayal series. I am currently trying to develop a third novel in the series. Stay tuned.
Who are your favorite authors?
Silva, Grisham, Martin, Follet, Conroy, North Patterson. I could go on and on...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My grandchildren.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Enjoying life and trying to work less and less. I like to read, watch movies, swim, spend time with my wife, children and grandchildren.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth and internet book sites have become the primary source of new books. Bookstores in my area, sadly, have been closing their doors over the last few years
Published 2017-06-21.
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