Interview with Gerry Markee

How do you approach cover design?
I look for a design that touches the spirit of the book and text. It is important to reflect what is really going on in the book not just an image that looks good.+++++++++++
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand because it is an excellent story and view of ethics
Lord of the Rings by Tolkein, the ultimate fantasy book/creation
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov. Even humans can becomes gods
The Man who Folded Himself by Gerrold. The classic time travel tale
The Dictionary (pick one). Every word is there for you to discover
What do you read for pleasure?
Science-fiction, fantasy, religion, philosophy, history, and humour
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Sony e-reader
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still working on that
Describe your desk
A mess, but I know where everything is ....
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in small town Ontario and it did not really influence my writing at all
When did you first start writing?
In high school, I started with school newspapers, some short stories, but really started to write in my twenties
What's the story behind your latest book?
Upon This Raak was written after the completion of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign I ran. The players were an eclectic and unusually creative group with great senses of humour and a twist of the unusual. I wrote most of the first draft in longhand, and it was accidentally thrown out by my wife. Rather than freak out, I took a deep breath and started again, using an ancient Underwood typewriter. It took a long time to write because I was busy with a family, a union, and a job.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A desire to publish my work and control much of the process
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't know yet
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Plunking in that final period
What do your fans mean to you?
They are why I am here
What are you working on next?
A fantasy tale of 19th century Ireland
Who are your favorite authors?
Asimov, Ayn Rand, Arthur Clarke, Christopher Hitchens, Tolkien, Harry Turtledove,, and maybe fifty others
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Listening to music, going for walks, spending days with my love at flea markets and street fairs
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Library, Project Gutenburg, Online sites of all kinds
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely, It was a Christmas tale of a monster alone on Christmas eve
What is your writing process?
I start all things in longhand in notebooks and transfer them to the computer if they are worthwhile.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first, but the most influential would have to be the dictionary. I discovered the beauty of words, where they came from, and what happened to others. It was a great trip, although many of my friends just thought I was weird
Published 2014-07-29.
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Books by This Author

Upon This Raak
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 122,300. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Zaburo Tolchak was one of the most accomplished young assassins on the frontier. His future is thrown into chaos when Seth, the God of Evil, drafts him to be his champion. Zaburo has no interest in being the champion of the God of Evil. All he wants to do is to be left alone to follow his own destiny. In his fight to remain free, he and his companions will drag the world into madness and war.