Interview with Mark Abel

Who are your favorite authors?
Ross Macdonald, Jim Thompson, James Elroy, James Lee Burke..
What are you working on next?
A story based on the moon landing hoax as part of a book of short stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It's more of a necessity than an inspiration.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Job, reading, playing vinyl.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What is your writing process?
I jot down ideas when they come to me, I find it's really important to keep notes of things before they fade from memory.
After that, If I'm motivated , I sit down and hammer away, I don't get distracted by other things on line and I try to get a couple of thousand words down at one sitting.
Describe your desk
I use a laptop on a fold up wooden table so that I CAN WORK JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly thrillers, but a good writer can make most subjects interesting and I'll dip into biographies and historic things too.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I felt that I could write a decent story, and had a few ideas that seemed viable. I started with a couple of walking books because a lot of the available ones were so out of date and I wanted to spur people on to get outdoors. Then I started some fictional work and now I have a few items underway.
What do your fans mean to you?
If anybody gets pleasure from what what I've done, then that's amazing. Simple as that.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Either by following existing authors, or sometimes suggestions from various book sites.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was probably some terrible homework assignment way back in the day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Probably "Attack Alarm" by Hammond Innes, when I was a kid I found his stuff really gripping.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I couldn't pick just five.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't really do a lot so I'm probably not the best person to ask.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the South of England, It didn't influence my writing at all.
When did you first start writing?
A couple of years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's simply a fast paced yarn, with hopefully a decent twist to it that people wont spot.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It gets my work out and about.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's a satisfying hobby.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to link something from the storyline to the cover, and then persuade someone to create it.
Published 2016-08-25.
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Books by This Author

Banish Your Back Pain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,520. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Pain management, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
This pocket-friendly book contains a host of proven actions and activities that will help back pain sufferers to reduce and end their pain. The easy to understand chapters have been compiled from knowledge gained from over twenty years worth of experience in the health industry and cover topics such as exercise,posture,healthy weight loss as well as tips for a pain-free life.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,540. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Is it possible for an old stone monument to magically manipulate people’s actions? Meet Dick, the country and western loving ex-milkman, Julie who plans to change her name and everything else, Jack who may or may not help her whilst Tom knows that in the fast moving world of meat retail, you’re only as good as your last sale and Andrew who understands a spread sheet but very little else.
Street Art England.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,210. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Art is important. It can stimulate, inspire, motivate or at the very least it can act as a talking point so it is a pity that for most of the last century the vast majority of it was hidden away in aloof museums and galleries. Luckily,things have slowly changed and here are some examples of much more entertaining modern street art sculptures
Paved Walks Around Cheshire.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,870. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hiking, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Outdoor activities
Written for those who enjoy the beauty of the countryside, with its year round attractions and drama. As many of us don't like crossing muddy fields or livestock filled areas, the book's aim is to keep the walks to an easy 3-5 miles in length, on mud free paths. It is always recommended that appropriate footwear is worn for these walks, though there will be no muddy fields or rough tracks.
101 Cheshire Gems.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,520. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture
Written for those who find delight in the unexpected treasures to be found in this wonderful county of Cheshire . With its year round beauty and drama, ranging from street art via industrial architecture to battle sites. All of the attractions in this book can be reached without crossing muddy fields and provide an enjoyable form of gentle exercise, with hopefully, a little mental stimulation.
The Glove.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,310. Language: British English. Published: November 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Historical » General
A collection of short stories. The gloves tells the real story of the Moon landing conspiracies. Ice explains why sometimes a little less water is a good thing. Read Fortune Cookie before you risk ignoring a premonition. Peeper, do you really know who's watching you? Four stories to amuse and entertain.
Sweet Art.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,210. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
1979 England. Corrupt cops and the search for a missing girl. Petty criminal Jimmy Blackthorne escapes from his sleazy past and tries to make a living and a new life in a new town, but It's noir lite time for the would be Private Detective as past events finally return like a lazy homing pigeon, and Jimmy discovers that all that glitters most certainly isn't gold.