Interview with Mark L. Noyce

What are you working on next?
Right now I'm in the final stages of editing of a science fiction book called Immortal Space. After that I'll be writing either a fantasy book, and the book that I originally wanted to write, called The Spirit. If I don't write that then I will be writing a pirate adventure called Caspian. The reason The Spirit has been on hold so long is I wanted to improve my writing skills first to really do the story justice.
Who are your favorite authors?
Garth Nix and Eoin Colfier are my absolute favourite authors. Garth Nix wrote The Old Kingdom series (Sabriel, Lirael, an Abhorsen), The Keys To The Kingdom series, and a lot of other great books. Eoin Colfier is the man behind the wonderful Artemis Fowl series.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Mostly the people I talk to to be honest Or feeling a need to get something done. I tend to feel very lethargic a lot of the time and have sleeping issues but I don't let that keep me down for long. If you feel you have to do something, then you should go do it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of my spare time talking with my friends, playing video games and reading. I also volunteer at my local charity shop and go to the gym with my boss there. Outside of that I also run a blog which involves a lot of extra reading and writing in my time and co-host a podcast. I'm busier than I sound.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I generally have them recommended to me by either friends or the author. A lot of the ebooks I've found and discovered are ones that my fellow bloggers have published. I also keep an eye out for ones that are made free or just on offer. I don't have a lot of money to fund my reading habits so I always appreciate a good free book. Or a bad free book. I mean, it was free.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes and no. I don't remember the first story I ever wrote, ever, because that would be something I wrote in English class at school. My English teachers were actually never fond of my writing ability. It was something I developed later in life. The first story I wrote when I was older was a random little creepy story. It was only short but people thought it was alright. Since then I've gone to write a number of short stories, and some longer ones too.
What is your writing process?
I don't know if there is much of a "writing process". I put music on, sit down, and write. Is there really more to it than that?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Unfortunately I don't. And I really wish I did.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is tricky for me. I tend to make my own using stock images and low level photoshop skills. I have an artistic friend now who has agreed to draw a cover for my next book. God willing she'll continue to be my cover artist moving forward. I think covers are necessary, but can be so bad for people with no artistic skills (like myself) or the money to hire someone else to do it (like myself).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favourite books are the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. I love fantasy and they're just the best fantasy books I've ever read. He created such a wonderful and often weird world. They're all so well written as well. I also think three is a great number for a book series. Even if he is about to publish a fourth. When I was reading The Keys To The Kingdom and Harry Potter I found myself getting burned out after about the fifth book of seven because there's so much. The books were still great, but I found myself not paying as much attention to them as I should have.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books and manga. If I'm reading, I'm reading for pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone which has a Kindle app on it. I also use the Google Books app. I don't have an official e-reader such as a Kindle or a Nook. I also sometimes read ebooks directly on my PC through Google Books and, again, Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Things that you become personally involved in. Interacting with your fans and promoting yourself while talking to them. Things like Q and As work pretty well for me. Advertising is generic. People may become interested in the book but they don't know you and it's hard to connect with someone and something you don't know. I always try to interact with the people who read my work.
Describe your desk
My desk is the most cluttered thing in existence. Because I write on a laptop I actually rarely use the top of my desk. It is now home to some of my collectibles, a cat bed, and a TV. The drawers of the desk are crammed with a bunch of stuff, very little of which has to do with writing. It's a real shame. But I have nowhere else to put that stuff.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the middle of England. To be honest I can't say it really influenced my writing. I know there are writers who are heavily influenced by where they grew up but I just can't consider myself one of them. My writing is more "English" than "small town English". I guess I just never experienced where I live as much as writers who have been influenced by their surroundings have.
Published 2015-06-30.
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Books by This Author

Immortal Space
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,930. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Follow Trent and Geoff as they embark on an adventure traversing two planets, make friends and enemies, and form a bond that can last several lifetimes as they learn about the past, present and future. Both of the world and of themselves. Why can't Trent die? Was the attack really random? And just what's with that scar on his chest?