Interview with Mark David Craycraft

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small, southern village of Friendship, Ohio. It's on the banks of the Ohio River about 100 miles east of Cincinnati. The population of 700 people all know everyone and our ties are still close today. Many of us have moved away yet, always "come home" a few times each year.

This influences my writing style, tone, and subject matter. I want to have a conversation with the reader as if we were back home on the porch. The last thing I want to do is over reach or over talk my readers. It seems lofty and disingenuous, to me.
Describe your desk
Which one?
The one I show in pictures is clean and professional.
The one I'm sitting at now looks like a blend of the Starship Enterprise and an episode of Hoarders.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poems and songs in High School.
After several years, I returned to song writing and have over 100 in my catalog.
In 2010, I wrote a script for an indie movie. It didn't gain much traction so I converted it into a book.
Since then, I have developed a passion for writing books across several genres.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The focus.
My brain spins all day long with work, family, and my own neurosis. Having to laser in on a singular subject and define it out is therapeutic.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fans?
If these fans existed, I would love to be included in their lives.
In my mind, my audience is an unknown grandchild that discovers my writings by accident. The proverbial "blowing the dust off the cover" moment. That person, that life, derived from my line but completely cut off from true interconnection. Through this medium, we will meet.
What are you working on next?
At present, I'm going through some older manuscripts to see if my theories continue to hold. I am making addendum's to previous works as a bit of closure to my original thesis.
Who are your favorite authors?
Thomas Aquinas, David Brooks, Stephen King, Dr. Seuss
Is that a diverse list, or what?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My dear, sweet Angie would say "He's always writing". The truth is I'm always in the "process" of writing. I'm investigation, researching, thinking, challenging, observing, living, failing, succeeding. You get the picture.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sebastian Nehemiah Jefferson was my first character. I was in middle school. There were many adventures. He was Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys and Big Bad John all rolled together.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is not my forte. I did the covers for most of my early work. It had to tell the story, or at least a summation, in one picture and 3-5 words. It was tricky. The back cover more so than the front.
I had a publisher accept "Whosoever Believeth" a few years ago with the understanding that they would change the cover. That cover took me weeks to get the photo clearances and put together. I was invested in it. I turned down the publisher. Terrible mistake? I'll never know.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't have a choice. There's a wheel to scamper around. It ain't gonna turn itself.
Published 2016-08-28.
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Books by This Author

Whosoever Believeth
You set the price! Words: 10,100. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
his dialogue driven mystery puts a spin on DNA evidence and cyber-crime that has yet to be explored. Dive into the world of manipulation and internet scandal that comes to a small Appalachian town. You'll think twice before you link a single fiber of evidence to a suspect again.