Interview with Mark Alan

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am amazed at the direction that the characters take the story line. Sometimes there are some completely unexpected turns that I didn't see coming.

I experience the same thing when I sculpt... there is always a little character trying to escape my lump of clay! It's always exciting to see them set free!
What do your fans mean to you?
In 2000 I wrote and illustrated a golf joke book; I had a blast coming up the main character "Bob Hacker." There was never really a lot of feedback because of the distribution system we used at the time.

This is my first attempt at at fiction (or anything like this for that matter) so I'm hoping that it is well received! I loved writing it and am working on book two.
What are you working on next?
Sleeper Cell - Made in America Book Two is outlined. It will pick up right where book one left off.
Who are your favorite authors?
John O'brien - A New World series
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have so much to accomplish in my life. I have a bucket list a mile long! I'm just trying to enjoy the ride and experience what life has in store for me! I'm not going to go quietly to the grave! I'm the one who will be sliding in head first in a cloud of dust! WAHOO!! That was a hell of a ride! Can we do it again?!!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My interests away from the keyboard are wide-ranging and diverse and include; travel, golf, hiking, photography, fly tying, art and Airsoft to name a few. I have designed and built a line of Airsoft eye protection that I've deemed “The World’s Finest Airsoft Goggle” they have been sold in sixty-two different countries and counting. I'm is known throughout the Airsoft world as "Bitter End."

I'm always pushing his own boundaries when he creates a new piece of art and have sculpted and sold over 50 one of a kind fantasy characters. Some of my favorite pieces of art were fashioned by Mother Nature herself and just require a small modification such as my gourd and pine needles pieces. Other examples require just a bit more manipulation like my leather sculptures.
What is your writing process?
I have a vague idea about where I want the story to go. I will outline most of the main scenes that will get me to the ultimate destination and write from scene to seen with each character assuming control of his or her dialogue and direction.

I must be Sybil.... yikes!
How do you approach cover design?
I fell in love with Straight 8 photography's style and contacted them about a cover. I came up with the design from a scene in my book and described in detail how I wanted it laid out on the cover. Straight 8 knocked it out of the park!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Samsung Tab 10.1
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't have any yet! If you do; hit me back!
Describe your desk
Full wrap around light stained oak. Photos of my wife and I on vacation sprinkled in. A yellow coffee mug overflowing with various pens and pencils. Several highly detailed car and truck die-cast's and the obligatory lamp and phone. My keyboard lives in a sliding shelf and a twenty-one inch LG monitor sets front and center.
Published 2014-05-28.
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Books by This Author

Sleeper Cell - Made in America Book One
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,400. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Designed to be the ultimate weapon by a shadow government, a clandestine group of Marine commandos have been implanted with nano-technology. The nano-bots were injected into the warriors using a laced flu vaccination. Hospital Corpsman, Senior Chief “Doc” Sullivan, discovered these implant as the men of his unit began killing world leaders. It’s now a race to derail and stop those responsible.