Interview with Mark Burkenbine

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Absolute freedom. I honestly describe myself as quirky and intermittent. Try finding work with that description. My entire life I have been varying degrees of odd. I can look at a rock and see a finished movie in my head of its story. The most fun I will probably ever have is trying to write the story of the movies I already see.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am brutally honest. I write for me, but in the hopes that someone else likes it. Again, this may be the only potential job I can get.

I end my emails, blog posts and conversations with ' Thank you for your time' for a reason. I believe time is the only real currency. When someone gives you their time, they cannot get that back. In that respect, we are all customers. I would rather time spent on me be an enjoyable, interesting, and/ or thought provoking purchase.
What are you working on next?
I am working on getting through the day, of course, just like everybody else. Years ago on ESPN's Sportscenter, Keith Olberman used to say when a ballplayer was put on the Injured list. " his status is day to day, but then so aren't we all."
I have dozens of projects that I will continually wrap together.
Marrying Amy is a continuing saga of love, disabilities, health insurance and getting calls from the bill collectors.
Ho-kee is my bowling fantasy adventure that I look forward to producing several installments.
I will continue to work on my skit writing and performance skills with a video series called Add Vice for Bloggers and some other video projects. The goal is to one day be able to create, produce and distribute all manner of media and creations.
Everything in All Things Burkenbine has the potential to be a stand alone project and I look forward to keeping on and keeping up with them.

I am NOT working on my grammar and will not change my usage of fragmented sentences. I am me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Steven King. I love reading Tim Bedore. There is so much to get just from his blog posts. Garrison Keillor.

I love story tellers.Whatever it takes to get the story told. I am not any more in love with a writing of a story, than I am the audible, or the visual. It usually has more to do with the character telling the story. .

I love the process. Some story tellers... You can just feel the wheels turn in there heads. It is a thing of beauty and I hope to one day be able to communicate to others what I see in my head, half as well as they do to me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When your eyes open in the morning, you have just received the greatest opportunity you can get. Everything else is secondary.

Think of that daily and you can chip away at making any dream come true.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With Amy. I feel the stunning beauty of inspiration and love daily. Corny, yes,, but true.
Maybe I should write a romance novel? There is more info about Amy in All Things Burkenbine.
I walk,. I do some independent contractor work ( independent contractor means you don't get paid well, and all expenses are on you....kind of like life).
I go bowl now and then.
Lately, I deal with finding more work and paying my bills. It Kind of makes you want to write more.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest, I write more than I read. I have forty five years of seeing a different world than the people around me. I may never stop writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I got a whuppin' for the first one I ever told.
What is your writing process?
Spit it out of my head the moment I notice it is there. . It is effortless. Writing anything is easy. Editing your own work is hard.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Cat in the Hat. I find Dr. Seuss to be a little more profound than most. I do not understand why he is not brought up in the list of great authors. I think in terms of the story, not if it was a book. I am not a book snob.
One page. One syllable. One drawing. It is not about WRITING. It is about telling the story. If one picture can do it, then it is complete.

The first story I remember was the one I saw. I remember moving. I remember arguments. I remember conversations. I remember my bed being moved to the other side of the room. I remember the excitement . I remember my baby brother coming home from the hospital.
I was 2. It was a good , compelling story.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't second guess. Maybe someday I will have someone else do it. I am new to this process, having just finished my first venture into e-books and the painful editing process.

I believe in being me, and that means the product is me also. I will never be 'slick'. I will always stand out, even if I do not choose to. Sometimes that is good, sometimes it is not.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have favorites. Everything you read is a positive addition.
What do you read for pleasure?
Forbes. Tim Bedore's blog. In the past , I would drive a hundred thousand miles a year for work. There was not a lot of book time. I listened to NPR and Bob and Tom.

When I was a child, I was reading The Stand, Salem's Lot, Night Shift and Robert Louis Stevenson poetry.

10 years old and reading Stephen King. Those were fabulous years of pure terror, wetting the bed, and memories that will die with me. Thank you, Mr. King. Having a life experience like that, without leaving the house, is what storytelling is all about.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I pad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None so far
Describe your desk
A six foot, white folding utility table in a spare bedroom. White walls. A beautiful view from the window if I choose to have it open. I like all the blank of the room...I always envision a story being built on a blank, white canvas. Start with nothing and just go...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Central Kansas. Miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles. A fantastic place to have an imagination. Blank canvas to create your own pictures.
When did you first start writing?
In my mind, I have been seeing stories since I was born. In reality, August 2, 2013. The day I decided to be myself and let the chips fall where they may.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a conceptual series of blogs,,,,reality, fiction, dreams, projects, ideas, and a subconscious. Self help. Romance. Comedy. Drama. Commentary. Adventure. Of course, I am the test dummy.
It is my attempt to learn as much about myself, the world around me, and the technical skills needed to succeed in media and communications.
I am starting this journey with zero money and facing eviction and bankruptcy. I am willing to lose what I have to gain from this experience and be more successful. Faith.
Being someone else has not worked for me. This is my attempt to be me. I am curious as to the result, aren't you?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Everyone has a story to tell.
Published 2013-09-15.
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Welcome to the first episode in the SciFi Fantasy series , Author and the Untimelys. A slightly different view on life, death, religion and the universe. Death may not be what you think it is, and Life may be exactly what you think it is but you aren't supposed to say it. I will. What if DeadUS is better, and what happens when the LiveUS screw that up for everybody?
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Welcome to my little world. A collection of reality, fiction,and social media blog posts. Pure honesty and a series of blogs and projects that will continue to grow. An attempt to learn the process of creating, writing, publishing and producing anything and everything. Wear the old boots when walking through this pasture. There is a whole lot of me out there.