Interview with Mark Anthony Tierno

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing my books. It literally saved my life. Once I started writing the novels I'd been long planning, I had a reason to get up in the morning. This was during a time when my Dad was suffering from Parkinson's Disease (since I'd been in High School) and I was helping my Mom care for him. Let's just say that things got really depressing, but writing picked up the whole house as well as myself. My parents saw what I was working, and could at last bring my dream to life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about the next book. That, and yoga... and biking (while thinking of the next book)... and walking in the Arboretum (while working out problems with the current story).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember my third birthday party, so yes.
I guess technically my first story was this little one-page thing I wrote at Summer School when i was about 6. Something about a man walking down a road.
What is your writing process?
I got it down to a science. First, plan out the book: Outline the book then stat up the needed characters into my database; oh, and this is after I've already built up the details of the world.
Then once I start, first I do a more detailed outline of the coming chapter (a page of notes, really). Then- Day One start at 7:30m in the morning, write about 12,000 words or so, go to health club at about 5, come back and edit until about Midnight. Day two- finish up the chapter, which at that point is usually only around 3000-5000 words so I'm done by Noon; edit what I wrote at night. Day three- what I call my Chapter Edit; only takes about a couple of hours, I give the entire chapter the once-over, then spell-check, followed by outlining the next chapter. 3-day cycle, twice a week. Of course, this is for books the size of Maldene, which typically have around 15,000 words a chapter. Shorter-length ones are 2-day cycles, but either way it's two big chapters a week.
While I write, I play my music. Usually movie soundtracks without lyrics (if you write while playing songs with lyrics then you'll end up paying more attention to the words in the song then the ones in my head)- think John Williams and his ilk. My process has allowed me to average around 125,000 words a month, and the most I've done was writing a 570,000 word book in four months (including editing). enthusiasm helps... a lot.
When did you first start writing?
Technically I started "Maldene" while in my mid thirties... But then there was my first Inspector Flaatphut story in my late 20s... But I really began planning Maldene starting when I was about 19... based on some ideas I had back to when I was 14... but I began observing how other novels were written when I was about 12... though my creative musings date back to when I was about 6... or earlier.
I never have an easy answer to this sort of question. Okay, just say "born to it" and move on.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm really great at writing and have some fantastic stories. Unfortunately me and the real world don't always get along; that includes figuring out how to get some legit publisher's attention while not attracting the scam-artists. So, solution iOS do it myself until I can attract a large enough crowd.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The writing itself. Seeing the story come to life, the characters take on their own personalities, and really seeing how it comes out (I'm just as eager as any ready to see the end, even knowing in my notes what's going to happen).
Published 2018-03-29.
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Books by This Author

Maldene II: Mysteries Of Olde
Series: Maldene. Pre-release—available May 15, 2018. Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 380,600. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Of all that Sabu and his companions discovered in the bowels of Thïr Tÿorca, a simple looking map was the most mysterious. An indestructible map in an unknown language that starts them on a quest to seek out answers from the fabled Great Sage at the Foot of the World. And yet these answers are only the beginning for it puts them on the road to the most incredible secret anywhere on or off Maldene.
The U.M.I. Corp Connection
Series: Inspector Flaatphut. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,790. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Inspector Flaatphut is back, this time teaming up with Tiffany and a whole group of miscreants to track down a leathal drug, clones, and the world's most deadly assassin. And all because his mother came to visit.
Project Looking Glass
Series: Inspector Flaatphut. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,830. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Henry Flaatphut is an Inspector with InterSpec, stuck at a desk job with a 300-pound badger for a boss, a wise-cracking computer named ICy, and a pretty 5-foot feline named Miss Calico for a secretary that he never seems to have time for. A dreadful existence until that one person enters his office who sets him off on a wild search for conspiracies and mayhem on an international scale.
Maldene Volume Two
Series: Maldene. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 159,050. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The first novel concludes as the gang go on a quest to unearth the remains of the last of the Great Human Kingdoms, Thïr Tÿorca. Their goal: Find what they can in the ancient ruins that can help them in their coming battle against Miro, and maybe even unearth the reason why Thïr Tÿorca had remained free of Miro's touch so long ago. The problem: Is this just another of Miro's deeply laid plans?
Maldene Volume One
Series: Maldene. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 178,280. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Maldene is a world of fantasy and science, home to many astounding secrets, but also also home to the most villainous evil known: Miro. Into this, Sabu and Eldar lead a band of mercenaries on a quest that begins with a raid of one of Miro's old abandoned labs, but takes them far across the world to a destiny foretold them by a blind old gold-skinned gypsy.