Interview with Mark Richard Masters

When did you first start writing?
I started at a young age. No, not 2 or 3, but close. I was about 6 and I wrote and sketched my own comic book, and I have been writing on and off since then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Most of what I have published so far is electronic Chapbooks, or short stories. But I have been working on a Medieval Style Fantasy that will make novel length.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried the traditional route. I even had someone that liked my work send it to a friend that worked for one of the BIG publishing houses. Nothing worked out so I figured on trying to go it alone, and maybe one day draw some attention. Then I'd revisit the idea.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been a great place to get my works out, though I would prefer better sales and downloads. But it has also been a great conversational piece.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is to get the story from my head and heart out there. Of course I like it when people tell me that they like my work. Who wouldn't? But I would write even without those comments.
What do your fans mean to you?
To tell you the truth, I don't have very many fans. Maybe 2 or 3. But I am happy for those that I do have. They are very special.
What are you working on next?
I am working on about 3 things right now. A novel, a couple LONG stories, and a couple electronic chapbooks are in the fire as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
I would have to say Anne McCaffrey, Robert Asprin, Piers Anthony, and Stephen King.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family of course.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read (comics and books), play video games, and watch movies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Either the name jumps out at me, I am interested in the genre of the ebook, or I find it in a subject search.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a sci-fi Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica type story that I even sketched out. I would show it to you, but I misplaced it a long time ago.
Published 2013-11-07.
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Books by This Author

The Christian Crucifixion Confusion Answered
Price: Free! Words: 14,340. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / General, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Islam / Koran & Sacred Writings
Have you seen the YouTube video? Do you wonder how a Christian would respond? Wonder no more!
Moments in Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,570. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Here you will find 5 short stories to challenge you, chill you, and make you squirm.
Robert's Journal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,030. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
What would it be like to be an average guy in a small town? What if that small town was overrun by zombies? Is it possible to survive? Would it change you? What would your quality of life be like? These are several questions that Robert never considered, until the day that he found himself and others he knew in the fight for their lives.
Catho and Proty: A Discourse Between Zealots
Price: Free! Words: 60,500. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Ministry / General
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This is a discussion held via messaging held on a popular social media between a Catholic and a Non-Denominational Christian. It is intended for information and not to influence you.
Twisted
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 690. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In this chapbook you will find a series of poems about a messed up relationship. Do you dare read it? Do you dare explore its dark depths? Will you find you and your loved ones in it? Or do you back away from this work, because it may be the mirror to show the darkness in your soul?
Lights, Cameras, Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Welcome to Lights, Cameras, Horror. This little piece of work holds 2 flash fiction stories and 5 action based horror poetry.
Birth of the Guardian
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
If you ran across an Alien would you help it? What if doing so would change your world forever?
With These Eyes
Price: Free! Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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What would you give up to see? What would you be willing to go through?
Dire Vision
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,770. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Be careful who's emotions you play with. Be careful who you hurt. Or be prepared to live with the results. Just ask Allen.
The Cursed Knife
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Horror
Four friends go on a walking road trip into their worst nightmare.
Justice for Ashley
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Some crimes go unpunished. Some crimes get a slap on the wrist. And some crimes, some crimes the dead give out the justice. Though based on a true story, this is a work of fiction.
Fatal Vision
Price: Free! Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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What if you thought you could kill with your eyes? What if it was true? What if no one believed you?
Jesus Chapbook
Series: Christian Poetry, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Here is a collection of poems dedicated to God the Father and Jesus or about them. May it edify you greatly.
Poetic Mythology 101
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
This is a poetry chapbook marries Poetry with Mythology. Enjoy.
A Call to Witness
Series: Christian Poetry, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
This poetry echapbook is both a call to witness and an attempt to encourage others witness.
Small Town Poet
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
This a work of poetry. It is also poems about me and my heart. Each poem it true.
Ghost of a Chance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
What would you do if you were the victim of a accident at a lab? What if the accident had killed you? What if you didn't know that you were even dead?
Things Unsaid
Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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Would you allow your lover, who happens to be a vampire turn you? This flash fiction answers that question.
The SideShow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,770. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Welcome to the SideShow. This is a very special poetry chapbook. The poems are in order, horror, and ready to shock you. Are you able to read it all the way through without a reaction?
Returning to God
Series: Christian Poetry, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 950. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth
This is a Poetry chapbook about my finding God, becoming estranged, and then returning to the church that showed my more about God than any other church I had been to before.
As Seen In
Price: Free! Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Horror » General
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This is an Anthology of poems and short stories that have appeared in Ezine and Webzines. Each one is of the Horror genre. As they have appeared elsewhere I am giving this away for free.
Trial of the Innocent
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,290. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
What would you do if you were convicted of murder? Would you deny it? Would you brag about it? Would it make a difference if you really were innocent? How would you react then? These are questions that this long poem seeks to answer.