Interview with Mark William Lindberg

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Anxiety about getting something done.
What is your writing process?
An idea occurs without warning. It must immediately get typed into a note in my Notes app creatively titled "ideas" which is a list of ideas. As more details of that idea emerge, they are added to that note. Eventually, the idea gets its own note probably titled whatever the book or story or theater piece or who knows what will end up being called. (I find title early and usually remain loyal.) That note gets very long and includes images, ideas, text fragments, references, etc. At some point, it's time to start actually writing. I make myself write in the morning. Afternoon and evening writing is optional but often occurs. Nighttime writing is usually not a good idea. I think a lot between sentences. I re-read what I've written up to the point in question a lot. I often have a dog on my lap.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, cooking, TV shows, walking the dog while listening to podcasts, doing dishes and/or laundry, Instagramming, making theater. And thinking about writing while I'm doing all of those other things. Any and all of those other things may be interrupted at any point by having to write something down.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember an assignment in maybe first grade to make a book. We were given blank white books to fill in with stories and drawings. I remember I wrote the title in pink, blue, and green bubble letters on the front. I remember the story involved a frog or frogs. Further details are unfortunately lost to us.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Unfortunately I do not, but it was probably a Sesame Street book. I had a LOT of those.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The only rule is there have to be words on a page/screen. Beyond that, literally anything is possible.
What authors and/or books have most inspired you?
I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere, but when it comes to those books and writers I go back to again and again who have really helped shape my imagination and style: Woolf, Vonnegut, King, Atwood, T.S. Eliot, Hervé Guibert, Danielewski's House of Leaves, Clarice Lispector's Stream of Life, Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game, Neil Gaiman's Sandman epic, playwrights Mac Wellman and Caryl Churchill, Anne Lamott's Bird By Bird. I like rule-breaking, mind-bending imaginations, deep examinations of character, unexpected use of words, emotional honesty, and leaving it all on the page.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been writing in one way or another for my whole life, but I've spent most of that life so far working in the indie theater world as a writer/director/choreographer/performer. In 2014 I started a tumblr with the intention of blogging about my complicated thoughts on making a life in theater, but I ended up doing that through fiction and character. It turned into a year-long project that became my first unofficial novel. (You can read it for free at It unlocked something for me and opened the creative floodgates. I've published two books in six months (QUEER ON A BENCH and 81 NIGHTMARES), and I have many books in the initial writing and planning stages that will keep me busy for a while to come. I enjoy the control and freedom of truly being able to take charge of my own career, so the indie path was the only choice for me!
What are you working on next?
Something queer.
Published 2015-06-09.
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Books by This Author

Forest Station
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,250. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A clearing in the woods hosts a series of displaced persons fleeing an unnamed disaster.
Queer on a Bench
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,520. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Literature » Literary
An intimate ride through the thoughts, dreams, and prayers of a city queer on a bench in a park.
81 Nightmares
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,230. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Genderqueer photographer Jay confronts a horrifying nemesis in a series of ever-intensifying nightmares that bring them closer and closer to a forgotten truth.