Interview with Mark S Green

What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is about an entity that is trying to destroy mankind, a cruel evil being, he'll do whatever he can to cause our demise. He can't actually come to the planet Earth in physical form but he can manipulate us through our dreams, encouraging us to do things that we wouldn't normally do - a real good against evil scenario.

The story itself tries to tackle such subjects as reincarnation, near death experiences and life after death, for without these interventions and manipulations, we certainly couldn't stop this creature.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I once had a near death experience after a bad car accident which hospitalised me for nearly a year. The book was derived as I tried to question my existence and certain events that happened after my accident. I was only 8 years old at the time, so mentally open to various influences. As I grew older, I questioned my experiences with adult perceptions, hence a lot of my findings were channelled into my book "The Dreamweaver".
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Although our relationship is in its early stage, I am already seeing an upturn in my success drivers, I am 100% confident that this is going to increase exponentially as the professional set-up that Smashwords enjoys, helps to promote myself and my book further.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To express what is in my head, to share my experiences and creativity. Although "The Dreamweaver" is a fictional novel, I also enjoy writing poetry, having written and published two books - "Rhymes from the Book of Life" and "Champagne et Limoncello". Hopefully the skills that I have accrued in writing poetry also reflect and enhance within the composition of "The Dreamweaver".
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fortunately amassed quite a big fan base and followers of my writing which can be seen on Allpoetry - over 400 positive and encouraging remarks. Fans often become friends and I always value friendship.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a book based in the 18th century in Cornwall, UK. The book covers the inter-relationship of four teenagers as they come to grasp with the sometimes violent yet magical and mythical times. The book opens up with a Spanish Galleon becoming shipwrecked upon a rocky shoreline, most sailors died, but some survived, but what happens to the booty and the survivors becomes a mystery?
Who are your favorite authors?
I guess that I am swayed by authors such as Arthur C Clark, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Ted Hughes etc.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Myself and my family... I have so much that I want to do and so little time (relatively) to do it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a musician, playing guitar and keyboards. I have spent my life either as a professional or semi-professional musician and still enjoy playing and sometimes recording songs. I have been privileged to see such great artists as Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Genesis etc which I guess gives away my genre preferences.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually via on-line reviews and personal recommendations. Most of my friends and family read so there are plenty of recommendations available. Like a lot of other people, I also enjoy watching a good film which often guides me towards the respective author.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm afraid not, I was very young and it would have been full of comedy as I used to like writing about silly situations.
What is your writing process?
I try to get an initial idea, I then research it on-line and from old library archives. This I am currently doing regarding my next book where I am researching about pirates and pagans and mythical monsters etc.It's all good fun really and you get to learn a lot of things too.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, 2001 a Space Odyssey. I liked the film but loved the book. I guess that this has influenced my writing somewhat. Can't be a bad thing though!
How do you approach cover design?
The Dreamweaver was designed for me by a cover illustrator. I put forward the synopsis and the illustrator interpreted the contents into an idea. After that, it was a case of modifying the cover until I was 100% happy with it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
2001 a Space Odyssey, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings Series etc. I love escapism and imagination and all of these books manage to fulfil such desires in their own special way.
What do you read for pleasure?
Poetry, I love hard poetry, poetry that tackles difficult subjects i.e. Ted Hughes and his poem Crow etc. I also appreciate well written poetry; of life and events. I also love to read lyrics to songs... my favourite is Peter Gabriel, particularly his lyrics to the album " The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway".
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm old fashioned, I prefer tangible books but I do use the kindle and epublisher FB Reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still learning on this one... I think that I need some help regarding this matter. I currently use an array of means; Smashwords of course, Amazon direct marketing, Goodreads, Facebook etc.
Describe your desk
Well it's currently a small desk in my villa in Spain at the moment, where it is currently very hot. My usual desk is large and spacious, and holds an eclectic collection of mementoes from my recent travels.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In the Midlands UK, I remember the dying remnants of the second world war in the early sixties, the old bomb shelters, in neighbours gardens. The effect that it had on our brave soldiers, the air raid sirens still going off due to the Cuban missile crisis etc. This was the hard reality of life. I did have some brilliant friends and we loved exploring, all of these factors had a bearing on my influences.
Published 2017-10-02.
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Books by This Author

The Dreamweaver
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 91,830. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The Dreamweaver is an entity whose only desire is to gain domain over our entire planet, mankind and the dimension to which we are all bound. It is true to say that he is not a man, a spirit or a God, being purely composed of alien matter unique within the universe. This compelling thriller twists and turns culminating to an unexpected conclusion.