Interview with Mark Berwick

When did you first start writing?
I really started writing a couple of years ago - sometime mid-2014. I had always wanted to write a Fantasy novel, as this is mostly what I read and enjoyed, and thought that I had some pretty fun ideas that I'd like to get down on paper and share with everyone. Not to mention just the act of writing is a lot of fun to me. I could do it forever.

Being that I started writing my first novel and still held full time work during the day, most of my writing for A Wielder for Kings was done late at night after my wife and the kids had gone to sleep. It was quiet and I could concentrate.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind A Wielder for Kings is about a young girl that is forced to head out into the world to discover what happened to her father when he goes missing. Along the way, she discovers that she will play an important role in not only finding her father, but also saving the world, as the battle between good and evil amplifies. I love the idea of a female lead (there aren't enough of them) who relies on her wits, friends and determination to save the day. I also love challenging my characters, so that every win comes with a price.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always loved the idea of being an author, and sharing the adventures that I see in my head. If people who read A Wielder for Kings can get to know my characters like I know them they will hopefully want to experience the adventures and challenges they experience and stick with them for years to come. Also, writing a book is difficult, and it was something that I knew I could do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it easy to properly format your words so that as many retailers can offer your stories as possible. They give you tips on what to do and what not to do, as well as how to do the things that will make sense for your book. Smashwords has been great! They've helped me become an author and get the work that I love out to the masses!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is seeing someone caught up in my stories and wanting to find out what happens to the characters in my book next. To see their surprise from twists and turns the story takes, to them realizing they were right about something, to the shock of a big revelation - all of this is what drives me to write. It makes me smile.
What do your fans mean to you?
If someone has taken the time to read my book, I owe it to them to write as well as I can. To tell an exciting story with characters they care about and to make them want to find out what happens next. I don't write for sales - I write for the excitement that people will hopefully have when they read my stuff. The fans are what make it all worthwhile.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on advertising and marketing my debut novel A Wielder for Kings. Promoting and getting the word out about this fun story. Next, I will begin working on the next book in the series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I spend most of my free time with my wife and three boys. Sports, video games and movies are big things in our home, as are going to the park, and just enjoying each others company. I love coffee, and I read a lot as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I first saw ebooks on Amazon, and was floored at the idea that anyone could publish a book and distribute it to the world. I also look at most of the big retailers daily to see what they have advertised and pick and choose things that I see. I always try to give an unknown author a download and read, because I know how hard it is to get readers, let alone fans.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do remember the first store I ever wrote. It too, was fantasy, but it was terrible. And this is usually the case when you're first starting out! But, I kept writing and stuck with it.

My first story was about a wizard that hunted dragons for sport, until they started hunting him. I might re-write that story some day, because I think it would be a lot of fun.
What is your writing process?
This is an ever evolving process, but, most recently I've just written as much as I can, regardless of how good or bad it is, regardless of grammar or typos. Get the story down, and then edit and re-write later.

I generally write on my laptop because I prefer the feel and sound of the keys when I am writing. I also try to find good song playlists on Youtube of epic music, to help motivate me. Depending on the scene I am writing, I might switch to something a little more soothing, but generally I write to instrumental music.
Published 2016-03-23.
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