Interview with Mark H. Walker

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. I was a freshman in college. It was about a lost love. Connie, I think her name was.
What is your writing process?
I try to write first thing in the morning before my mind is cluttered. I listen to music, through headphones, as I write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, sorry. Been reading way too long. I used to enjoy racing stories when I was young. No NASCAR crap, but real racing, with left and right turns.
How do you approach cover design?
Sometimes I have an idea. Other times I just hand it over to graphic artists that I have worked with in the past.
What do you read for pleasure?
Lots of stuff. Mainly military science fiction, military adventure, and horror, but I love Grisham's Playing for Pizza, and To Kill a Mockingbird might just be my favorite novel of all time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Tough one. I think hustling is the most effective technique, but that has its limits. I have a significant Twitter following 11K+, a nice website, Facebook page, and blog frequently. I'm sure that they all help, but I'm not sure which helps the most.
Describe your desk
Pretty much insane. I not only write, but also design games (conflict simulations). So I'll have numerous ongoing projects demanding space on any given day. I try to keep it tidy, I believe I work marginally better if it is tidy, but it's a losing battle.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Nashville, TN, and Wilson NC. I don't think it has influenced my writing. Sorry.
When did you first start writing?
College.
Published 2014-07-29.
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