Interview with Marshall Norman McCarthy

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ultimately I would like to seek out traditional publishing, but, as I understand, it can be a long process that seems to involve quite a bit of luck. Taking the route of an indie author, I believe, will give me the chance to get published, find and build an audience, create some buzz, and (hopefully) give me some clout in the future when querying a traditional publisher. In that sense, I believe that it will allow me to create my own luck.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Ah, good question to ask once I have something to succeed with.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creation and exploration. The ability to turn white space into characters and narrative is, and forgive me if this seems self-indulgent, something almost divine. Fiction writers create worlds and populate them with people; we give them lives, we give them life, and then we see just home much conflict we can throw at them. We use this creation to explore the human condition, use it as a vehicle to dig deep into this thing called life and hopefully come away with something profound to offer.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on the first novel of my indie series, Fragments of Noth. The series will explore a world that has been sundered at the very foundations of time and space, and chronicle the people who (knowingly or unwittingly) work to reforge it.

The first novel, Ain't No Redemption, follows a man named Alaran Bates, a man of the law who becomes exiled from his home Fragment, only to find himself in a land of lawlessness, where the quickest gun survives.
Who are your favorite authors?
Steven Erikson, whose Malazan Book of the Fallen series is my main inspiration to write. When I read his first novel, Gardens of the Moon, I was challenged by the narrative in a way that no other book I had read before could match.

Glenn Cook; his Black Company series is just amazing.

Robert E. Howard; you can have Tolkien and his elves, I'll take Howard's Conan or Solomon Kane any day of the week.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife and my writing, though not always in that order (sorry babe!)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working at my day job; reading; movies.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was in the fourth grade. We were tasked with picking a local geographical landmark and were to write a legend about how it got its name. Not being one to follow instructions very well, I ended up writing a myth on the creation of Lake Simcoe, in Ontario Canada. As I recall, it had something to do with a Native Tribe's struggle for food, and the main character's quest to entice the 'Great Spirit' to create the lake so his people could fish. Or something like that, this was an age ago now.
Published 2013-12-21.
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Books by This Author

From Waste to Waste
Price: Free! Words: 10,900. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
An anthology of speculative fiction stories, dealing with the theme of Waste.