Interview with Marlyn Mohs

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Journeymen – The Making of Stone Viewer, is the first of a series. This series posits that there are five Earths connected by pathways that only Journeymen may access. The physical features of each planet are relatively the same; but the people, the way of living, the predominant cultures of each Earth have been shaped by the inhabitants and the vast variety of unique choices they made spanning generations. This first story takes place on Earth 4, a planet whose inhabitants prefer the charm and dignity of a simple life and value the skills of survival.

I am concerned when I observe the modern media culture. Children are encouraged repeatedly to engage in adult activities that in my opinion rob them of their youth and innocence. A majority of our lifetime will be spent as adults. Our childhood is fleeting. I wanted to create books that emphasize friendship, family, and good values. I am so excited about this series. I have fallen in love with my characters and they are itching for me continue their story in the next book.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the second book in the series. I was hoping to have some feedback on the first book before I move forward on the second one; but the characters are in control and they are ready to continue their story.
What is your writing process?
Usually I sit down with an idea in mind and I just start. I know that I will likely trash 98% of what I start with but I still write it. It’s kind of like looking at the Earth. Consider that the Earth is suspended within our solar system so that it is perfectly positioned to accommodate life. In this enormous solar system, the Earth is less than a speck of sand. Yet, as far as we know, we are the only inhabitable structure within it. You could posit that the solar system exists for us, to support the Earth to enable life. Although life does not exist anywhere else in the solar system, still it would not be as it is if the solar system did not exist in the first place. Therefore, when I write and end up only keeping 2%, I would never have arrived at that 2% without first journeying through the 98% that I decided not to use.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all the time, the news, notices, letters, course materials, work related research, and emails; honestly I enjoy reading more than anything else I do. For pleasure, I enjoy stories that leave me empty after I’m done. You know, the stories whose characters you miss and you wish that you could have another peek into their lives.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Nook HD. E-readers have literally changed my world. I have always been an avid reader. I love books! However, with an e-reader I can look up words right there. I can hold my page or even store notes about the book or the characters. I can read at night when everyone else is asleep because the screen lights the words. And if I feel sleepy, I don’t have to get out of bed to turn off the light.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
After I wrote my book, I took a course in Publishing eBooks Online. It was through that course that I found my way to Smashwords. A recommended resource item was the Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success, How to Reach More Readers by Mark Coker. That wonderful book explained so much to me, thanks Mark. I would recommend it highly to anyone planning to publish online. In the book, Mark discusses the value of social media in ebook marketing. Unfortunately, I am not a social person on the internet. I never had a Twitter or a Facebook before. I simply had an email. But, in the spirit of diving in, I opened a Twitter (@MohsMarlyn) and a Facebook account and web page. I imagine perhaps a year from now I will have some solid tips to offer regarding this question.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have tried traditional publishing avenues, but to no avail. Readers validate writers but I couldn’t get my book out there to be read. As an indie writer, I am in control. I am free now to share my work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I am not writing, I’m most likely reading. It’s a miracle that my eyes have not popped right out of my head and run away by now considering how much I read. Of course, there are a variety of mundane chores to attend to throughout the day, cooking the meals, grocery shopping, and an occasional shower is good.
Describe your desk
This is a great question. I love order. I respect tidy people. However, my desk does not reflect that. My desk faces the wall (helps me focus) and my HP is perched on a pedestal (to allow the heat to dissipate). Underneath the pedestal I store unopened mail or documents that I need to sort through when I have time. The open cover of my computer serves to hide a variety of random items behind, some spools of thread, a duster, screen cleaner, and several DVDs (in case I get bored). I have two monitors, which I think is super cool and impressive to visitors. Approximately 75% of the time, I will have my coffee mug by my side. My son also owns a corner of my desk. I won’t even begin to describe his area.
Published 2015-12-28.
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Books by This Author

Journeymen - Making of Stone Viewer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,980. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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Gavin isn't just an ordinary Journeyman; he's also a carrier and someone needs to use his skills. Pushed through a concealed passageway to an adolescent earth, Gavin learns to master his unique gift as he struggles to survive long enough to find and protect the key his father left for him. Gavin realizes how much his father had sacrificed; he knows that he must continue his father's mission.