Interview with Mark Hickman

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy doing different things such as; reading (books & comics), playing video games, watching movies or television shows, listening to music, or just thinking around about a project I'm writing on, or would like to work on in the future.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was Twisted Tales of the Macabre. And I must say, I had quite mixed feelings while writing on it at the time. (nothing to do with the story itself, but because of the problems that went on during the writing process). Also, looking back on it, I wish I had spent more time formatting it & correction some errors.
What is your writing process?
First, I try to think of a basic story and what genre I would like to do. In the next step, I try to think of the characters and what their personalities & goals for the story would be. Afterwards, I try to determine what the central themes for the story would be then I would go back to focus on the characters again and use them in ways to represent or reinforce the themes.

Finally, my goal would be to create a outline, and flesh it out as much as I can until I have a detailed story, and during this process, I would also flesh out the characters.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read almost anything (with the notable exception of romance stories, which I'm not a fan of).
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've really only tried out Kindle, so I'll have to go with that.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Arkansas. I suppose the only influence it had on me was my interest in the south as a setting.
When did you first start writing?
Since elementary school, though I didn't really become serious about it until late in my high school years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a noir crime drama mostly set in 1951 Vegas. It follows a private detective (and ex-police officer) David Fargo who is trying to track down his ex-girlfriend before she hunts down and kills everyone close to him.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to create stories, and being an indie author would be one of the ways to allow me to do just that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy is having the ideas in my head getting out there.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! They are essential for any creative person, studio, or business to succeed.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Partly because just lying there will be boring, but mostly because I just enjoy being active, doing some sort of activity.
Published 2014-06-29.
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