Interview with Moc Mandex

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean as much to me as the actual writing. The idea of having a group of people who have specified their enjoyment of my work is a mind-blowing idea to have. I enjoy seeing their reaction(that is why writers bring release their worlds out into the open after all). I want to know what they like, didn't like and what they want to see next; they inspire me to continue on during the low points and soar through the high - so I think it is safe to say that mean everything to me. just like my writing does.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R.Tolkien
George.R.R.Martin
Gillian Flynn
Stephen King
Lars Kepler
Guillermo Del Toro
What is your writing process?
My writing process consists with blocking everything and everyone out of my world until my mind has stopped racing. I often don't think of anything else when I write, I enjoy working in a bright area and I enjoy listening to intense orchestras and operas; the music persuades the next lines to be written. There isn't much else I can say.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1 - The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler: An amazing and powerful Swedish couple who go out of their way to translate their masterpieces into English for American convenience. Their novel is within the genre of mystery and suspense. Let me tell you, they made sure to take the difficult path in writing this piece and it paid off. I was stumped and it is one of the few that quite literally got my heart racing.

2 - The Strain (Trilogy) by Guillermo Del Toro: I read these books before they hit the screen, although the show is just as good (the master's reveal somewhat disappointing). I blame the world of teenaged girls for ruining my view on vampire novels, but I am very happy that I was forced to read this one. The realism and the circumstances were out of this world, and the horror was King worthy.

3 - Game of Thrones by George R.R.Martin: I speaking of the first of the series of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' specifically for the way he introduced all the characters and forced me to care (I also love the scenes between Tyrion and Jon) but what made this book come into my top five was the ending; it was a flame of pure perfection.

4 - The Gunslinger by Stephen King: I know it isn't the most popular of books by the genius, however, it was one of the first that was introduce to me. I love dark fantasy, which is essentially what the series is, the walk, the following, the town . . . it was all the beginning of a long journey (let me tell you). But it was worth it, especially with the ways of the Gunslinger and understanding what truly goes through his mind. I strongly suggest that you give it a chance.

5 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: A piece of perfection . . . for the most part. I am still angry with Margret for the ending of the piece, I will never enjoy the last chapter and I will never agree with the last chapter because nothing really happens, however, the rest of the tale that the handmaid brings for us to see is intense and reveals the innocent wants and desires of man and woman. It shows our ignorance and fears that the majority didn't know they feared, it shows us what we take for granted and how cruel we can be along with the society that we've built around us.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I am not writing, I guess the best thing to say is that I am listening to music or reading. There isn't much I can say unless you count work as an activity of choice. Often I am just writing or plotting, although, I do admit that there are times I watch movies and documentaries for the fun of it or for research and inspiration.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing, reading, work and determination to a successful path as a writer. All I want to do is write, the idea of my writing being my full-time career is what launches me out of bed and into the chair that sits behind my desk and in front of the screen that I am to stair at three hours at a time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever attempted to write was a science fiction romance called Muted Love, it wasn't all that successful but I got a large amount of it done before I, unfortunately, realized that I didn't, and still don't like writing romance novels.
How do you approach cover design?
When it comes to my cover designs, I like to concentrate more on intriguing symbolism, something that brings a mystery to the readers but is also meaningful, powerful, and obvious to the reader once they've finished the story. I think the simplicity of a clean and crisp cover says a lot about the story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The thought of starting somewhere is the best motivation to become an Indie writer because I know that that's where everyone started. If I'm a good writer then I'll make it to the top eventually. As I continued thinking about this more and more I managed to believe that being an Indie writer will be more than enough as my first step.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is that I can surprise people, often people judge everyone based on how they look, and when it comes to me, looks are very deceiving. I love writing for the symbolism, and the excitement; no one has any boundaries, and when an author breaks those unspoken rules of the secret society of writing, all hell breaks loose. But when it all comes down to writing I have to say that my greatest joy that comes from writing is re-reading my works after it's been edited for the last time and checking to see if I know that I've really screwed over my readers, and once I know I have that, adrenaline starts coming in like there's no tomorrow - THAT is my greatest joy from writing . . . screwing everyone over and giving them what that could have never expected.
Published 2017-01-13.
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