Interview with Marquese Ford

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, but it wasn't and still isn't conplete. My Dad asked us kids to sit in our rooms ans write a story. For what seemed liked hours I stared at the page waiting for words to appear. I managed a few sentences and eventually asked if I could stop. I gave up. He of course said no. It had only been 20 minutes and I really didn't want to be writing. I don't remember ever finishing the story but after I had complained enough that the few sentences I mustered sufficed.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am from Florida but moved to Kansas in 2001. The impact was heavier than I am willing to admit. The disconnect from that environment at that age forced me internalize thoughts and emotions to try to make sense of what happened and how to deal with it if it were to happen again. I looked at the world a lot differently and my imagination erupted as I learned as much as I could about everything to give myself a complete view of happenings around me. Now I incorporate that gained view into my works.
What is your writing process?
I prefer to create ideas in my mind. Outlining the story and creating character maps takes away from the spontineity of the story. As I write I like for the ideas to form and flow through my fingertips. Once I have completed a thought or scene if it portrays the theme and emotion I was wanting to convey then I continue, if not I scrap that writing and start over.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Today, Social Media is everything. I have a twitter handle specifically for me as a writer. On my Facebook I am a part of several self publisher group that encourage shameleas plugs. The Internet is greatest publicist one could have.
How do you approach cover design?
For me the cover must capture the mood of the of the story. It will simultaneously forshadow what the story will be about and pull together its own meaning once the reader has finished.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like philosophy. Socrates, Plato, Marcus Aurelious. Most stories can capture my attention and only after I'm done reading do assess whether it was worth it to read. I like to entertain the idea the author has something offer and will see it through before I dismiss the story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My tablet. My phone does fine in a pinch but the screen is too small for a lengthy read. I don't like the stationery limitation of a laptop or computer.
Describe your desk
My office or home desk? Both are actually clear of any clutter. During work or writing I have materials relevant to what I am doing but it is cleared once I am done.
When did you first start writing?
Very young, probably 7 or 8.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The reaction of whoever has read it. What affect did the story have on the reader?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love watching movies and listening to music. I am also a bit of a techie.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was a gift for someone. I was asked to write a story. Never had I imagined it would reach the length it did.
What are you working on next?
It's been suggested that I continue Sonie's story and that I gave too much of a tease for there to be closure. With that I think I'm going to travel back in time to an earlier part of her life to further that tease but also provide another window into what made her who she is.
What do your fans mean to you?
For all of my fans that are out there, I would first of all like to thank you for your support. Without you, spreading my passion across the globe would be nearly impossible. I write to express the whirlwind of ideas going through my mind and the fact that there are those who would like to share these ideas with me make the journey that much more special.
Published 2015-02-14.
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Books by This Author

A Day at a Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,990. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Waking up is the nightmare. Everyday is a struggle to find clarity. The truth is elusive and brings forth pain and anguish. Dreams are her only solace.