Interview with Marc Anderson

When did you first start writing?
I really began writing as a science report for the University of Houston's campus newspaper. I had just entered graduate school, and, because I had to do something to break the monotony of lab work, I decided to become a reporter. Later, I switched to become an opinion writer, because I have a tendency to editorialize everything.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest (and first) book revolves around a fictional mass-shooting at a high school. It is written from the perspective of the gunman, and documents his upbringing, the planning of the attack, the shooting itself, and the immediate aftermath. In writing this novel, I spent a good amount of time researching the psychology of mass-murders. In addition, I read the journals of the two Columbine shooters (Klebold and Harris), as well as the writings of James Holmes (Aurora, CO) and Adam Lanza (Newtown, CT). I incorporated their mindsets into the main character, and I strongly feel that the novel accurately portrays the thought processes of a genuine killer. Ultimately, the book should be viewed as a fictitious manifesto of a crazed individual. It is not a ‘how to’ manual, nor is it intended to glorify or encourage violence. What I hope to accomplish with this novel is to reveal how a mass-murderer can come to be. If we are to prevent these types of tragedies, we must understand the isolation, alienation, and sense of purposelessness which motivates someone to commit such violence.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The more traditional publishers are slow-moving dinosaurs.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without readers an author is merely a diarist. In other words, I depend on fans and others to make my book a book and not just a doorstop.
What are you working on next?
Depending on how things turn out with my first novel, I have an outline ready to turn into a novel about a down-and-out homeless man and his struggles to survive.
Who are your favorite authors?
George Orwell, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Sawyer, J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, this is a tough one. I am diagnosed as having bipolar (type II) disorder, and some days I really don't want to get out of bed. In fact, some days I can't think of a reason to do so. Fortunately (in a weird way), I am also obsessive compulsive, so my set routines practically force me to get up. On my better days... I don't know, why do I get out of bed? I'm sort of a pessimist that way.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Creating webpages, walking my two dogs, working out, reading, reading, reading...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to peruse the aisles of actual bookstores. If I come across a book I find interesting, I'll either buy it there or go back home and get the digital version from Amazon (or elsewhere online).
How do you approach cover design?
I use the K.I.S.S. method: keep it simple, stupid.
Describe your desk
Coffee stains everywhere (unfortunately, my OCD does not extend itself to desk-cleanliness).
Published 2015-10-03.
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Books by This Author

No Reason Is Reason Enough
Price: Free! Words: 118,040. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
On October 16th, 1998, a gunman entered Piney Hills High School and murdered 37 people. The alleged shooter's body was later found in the boys’ bathroom with a single shot to the head, marking the end of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. At least, that's what everyone believed. In truth, the real killer quietly escaped both the carnage and any form of justice. Now he tells his story.