Interview with Mark Beyer

What do your fans mean to you?
I see my fans as friends, whether we have met once, know each other well, or will never meet b/c of distance or circumstances. Friendships are built by things we have in common. In this case my stories, which have entertained them.
What are you working on next?
I've just published "Max, the blind guy" which is a marketing dream to put together as a 12-installment serialized novel. Meanwhile, my new project has a working title of "The Janitor" and is the story of a persons life after being involved in a school shooting.
Who are your favorite authors?
Philip Roth, Norman Rush, Iris Murdoch, Vladimir Nabokov.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life itself is inspiring. My wife inspires me each day with her smile and good nature. I love to write and read.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking, eating, reading books, drinking wine & dark chocolate.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By browsing on-line shops, and through friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I called it "The Giant Eye" and it had bat-like wings. I drew an illustration for the 1-page story. I was 5 years old.
What is your writing process?
Before I'm fully working on a project, I let images and dialogue and "story moments" come together from wherever. When the project is under-way, I sit down daily and see the moment of what scene I'm working on.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first story, but the book that made a great impact on me was, during high school English class, I read ETHAN FROME by Bronte. I showed me how emotions in the written form can be expressed with such grace.
How do you approach cover design?
Nuance of the story is everything. I use imagery, association, and mystery (as each of my stories has a sense of mystery-that-must-be-discovered).
Published 2015-06-08.
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Books by This Author

Max, The Blind Guy (the full digital novel)
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 303,630. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
This is the story of Maximilian and Greta Ruth, their 40-year relationship, and those demons that show up as they find that life rarely goes according to plan. "Precocious. Provocative. Poignant. MAX, THE BLIND GUY brings to mind the work of his literary predecessors such as Nabokov, Marquez, Dickens, and Dostoevsky. Good company. Good reading." Patricia Ann McNair, author, THE TEMPLE OF AIR
Max, The Blind Guy (a Digital Serial Novel -- Part I)
Price: Free! Words: 24,500. Language: American English. Published: June 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
PART 1: for the complete novel please purchase the full digital or print copy: Straddlelogue: Prague -- This is the story of Maximilian and Greta Ruth, their 40-year relationship, and all the demons that show up as they find that life rarely goes according to plan.
What Beauty
Price: Free! Words: 182,260. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
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How might the Olympian Gods we know from reading change if we were to allow our imaginations to see their true ages? Time changes all people — even gods — and when their day-to-day mischievous lives no longer play a role in human affairs, what then do they become? New York sculptor Minus Orth has an idea. He'll explain this all, and give our imaginations the figures to uphold.
The Village Wit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 221,360. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
American Richard Bentley settles in rural England, looking for the contented life of a bookshop keeper. His wife of fourteen years has left him out of marital boredom, so Heath-on-the-Wold seems the ideal place to get lost in work and forget the past. Bentley hires Peggy White, a mid-forties townswoman who is his match in sass and intellect. Soon the rules of attraction change everything.