Interview with Mark Giglio

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in upstate New York (Troy) and Lemon Grove, southern Cal. I attended Catholic grade school until we moved to Lemon Grove. Growing up Catholic with all of the ritual and symbolism has made its way into my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first short story, ( sci fi) when I was in the fifth grade.
Describe your desk
Small, plain and simple with one laptop, one dictionary and a desk lamp. I'm tucked in a nook between the fireplace and the wall that makes a nifty little cave.
What is your writing process?
I have an idea where I want my characters to end up. I find it is better for me anyway, not to force the actual writing. I have to remind myself that the scene will work out or the characters will eventually get to where they have to go and all will be sorted out in the editing. I also realize what I write down are only ideas and can be changed or tossed. Sometimes a clever line might have to go to the wayside, but so what, we all have a plethora of ideas that haven't been used yet. Be clear and never write down to your readers.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've enjoyed a lifetime interest and love of history, art, the humanities, anthropology, alchemy, world religions, and spirituality. By trade I am a cabinet and furniture maker. I decided to embody all of my interest in pieces of art furniture called the Alchemist Series. You can see the Alchemist Series and read about the novel 'Alchemist Gift' at I wrote a screen play that featured one of the pieces of furniture, 'The Alchemist Cabinet'. The screen play was a fun exercise but the characters demanded to be given more depth and a bigger world to live in, so I expanded the screen play into the novel 'Alchemist Gift'.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing from a reader that a certain part of the story made them emotionally involved with the character or the circumstance.
What are you working on next?
The second book in the trilogy is 'Curious Journey'. 'Curious Journey' will have some familiar characters and a host of new ones. This book looks at renaissance philosophy concerning the existence and the ability to travel between different metaphysical planes of reality, including the spirit world. 'Curious Journey' is a spiritual quest for the character Conte Emilio d'Benevita. I hope to have 'Curious Journey' finished and out by summer of 2015. I am also formulating the third book in the series that answers questions from the first two novels. You can read excerpts from 'Curious Journey" on
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really don't have the time. I am no longer a twenty something with a life time ahead of me to wait on someone else to decide my fate. I an not inclined to be bandied about and hopefully get on the publishing house carousel and maybe have the right editor see the book just at the right moment and then he or she might consider it for publication. If a book is well written and insightful, people will find it. I believe there are enough ways to reach the public here and in other English speaking countries that are outside of the traditional practices of the brick and mortar publishing houses.
Published 2014-07-20.
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Books by This Author

The Patron's Wife
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,840. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Patron, Hector Alvarez, pushes Emilio, a visiting engineer, into the arms of his young wife Alma. Hector needs an heir to save the family plantation. In a loveless marriage Alma finds power taking on the soul of her spirit animal, the jaguar. When she is over powered Emilio must enter that spirit world to save her and also escape the unstable Hector, whose reason is eclipsed by his jealousy.
Big Book of Silly LIttle Curses or Snarky Toasts
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
Make your rivals quiver with curses like:“May you always send money to the Nigerian prince” Horrify your neighbor with:“May the toilet paper roll always run out and there never be another roll to be found” Make your brother cringe with:“May you discover your wife is our long lost sister” Or Good for everyone:“May you be sued by someone you help” Or: “May you be sued for not helping
Robbie's App
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
“Robbie’s APP” allows a look into the lives of Giles and Virginia Thurston. They are rich enough to satisfy their every appetite until Virginia lets her birthday gift, Robbie’s APP, get out of control. Be ready for a delicious ending.
A Glimpse of Eternity
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,090. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
“A Glimpse of Eternity” is a story for those whose life and love goes beyond this reality. Would you want to be able to relive certain loving moments of your life? These loving moments can be experienced in a place that is beyond this existence.
Eden Towers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
It seems the key to control any society is to create a scapegoat or boogeyman. In our recent history the poor are the new pariah. Touted as being lazy or unmotivated, or drug abusers by an uneducated lower middle class. No distopian furture. Instead of the mad machine (PBM) being the problem, why not be the solution?
Spell Check
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,950. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
I'm sure all of us at one time has felt a searing opinion from someone who is more interested in being the center of attention at your expense than being truthful or insightful. Most of us are beyond getting into a yelling match with a pompous ass, especially on his or her turf. What can one do? Being mere mortals, not a whole lot, but now if you could conger a little payback, wouldn't you?
Beyond Certain Boundaries
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,500. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Can love transcend the limits of what it is to be human? Most futurists writing of Artificial Intelligence see a distopian world where our computer likenesses exhibit the worst of human characteristics. They wage war on us and seek to enslave us. But what if they discover that the greatest, most altruistic characteristics of mankind are the most beneficial to their temperament.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,630. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A tale of secrets, forbidden love, and murder. 14 year old Marcy is confused, Helen helps her to understand who she is and what she is capable of. Did I mention Helen is a manipulative monster?+18.
Mist Boats
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,280. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Inspirational
Will the young tribesmen rise to the challenge and cross over a mythical mist that appears once a generation and leave the plateau?
Old Nick
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,250. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Occult
In “Old Nick” we meet frustrated Franco, his duplicitous wife Carol Ann and the attractive stranger Nick, whose agenda is certainly his own.
Alchemist Gift
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 147,830. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Inspirational
How does indecisive grad student Roland find himself in bed cheating on his girlfriend Liz with rich bitch, Ferrari driving Lila who involves him in a $450,000 heist? Haunting visions of Renaissance men and women pull him back to a time of witchcraft and alchemy. Roland wishes for another chance. The cosmos delivers him to a new life and time. Will he redeem himself or chase the same temptations?