Interview with A. E. Marks

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I didn't really have one place that I grew up. We moved around a lot when I was little.
I can't say how this most influenced my writing, but I'm sure it did.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Basically as far back as I can remember, I've wanted to be an author. Originally I loved the idea of traditional publishing, there was something romantic about that to me, but in the end I decided to become an indie author instead.
I guess my motivation was that for the most part I'd get to be in control of my work and how it was presented.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think I do, although I'm not sure it would be classed as the first story, but diffidently the first Novel, I ever tried my hand at.
It was about magic and was set in another world. The main character sees her brother murdered and finds herself setting off on a quest of revenge. She meets a lot of people along the way and discovers her own magical abilities.
I never really finished the story. There was so much going in it by the end, that I had to take a break and then I lost the majority of it, when our family computer broke down.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind the Eater...
Well the Eater actually started off as two separate stories. The original sentence describing a Qualim, was the first thing to be written, but I didn't know where I wanted to go with that, so I ended up putting it to the side and then I got the first spark of inspiration for the Eater and I was looking from some of the old stuff and found the Qualim, as it was called then and decided to combine the two.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I'm working on the next book in the Shattered Gods series.
How do you approach cover design?
Sometimes when I'm writing I have an idea of what I would like the cover to look like and sometimes I don't.
But I always want the cover to, in some way, represent the story inside. I know that people say 'don't judge a book by it's cover' but we all do and I don't want someone to decide to read my book, thinking it's going to be one thing - based on they're ideas from the cover - and then find out it's something completely different and not something they are interested in at all.
You can't control the way people perceive your cover, but you can try and give them the right impression.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many authors that I love, that it's kind of impossible for me to pick a favourite. I'm very indecisive as well, so I hardly ever have a favourite anything, but I do love Shannon Hale, he is diffidently one of my top favourites.
I fell in love with her book The Goose Girl, and have been hording her books even since.
What do you read for pleasure?
At the moment I'm re-reading Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and F.Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
For the most part I read fiction for pleasure, but sometimes I will branch out into something non-fiction as well, such as Kevin Dutton's The wisdom of Psychopaths, which I have been slowly reading for the past 3 years. I've been taking my time with that one, but I also tend to have several series on the go, as well as one or two single books as well, so I always have a lot to read.
When did you first start writing?
I think I first started writing as soon as I knew what the letters meant.
The school I went to for a while as a child, that tended to put more focus on art than other parts of the curriculum.
Most of my basic knowledge about writing comes from my mother, who was a children's teacher.
Describe your desk
I have a kind of old fashioned desk, that I picked up at a second hand shop years ago. But it's usually covered in bits and bobs and doesn't see too much action these days.
I tend to write at the kitchen table, or in bed or outside or on the train. My desk has become one of the last places I'll sit down to write at.
Published 2018-01-01.
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Books by This Author

The Eater
Series: The Shattered Gods. Price: Free! Words: 47,060. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Eater is a pseudo medieval fantasy Novel. The story revolves around Marah's life as the princess's Eater and the many secrets she is hiding. Marah stumbles down the path laid out for her by fate, hand in hand with her old friend Death; who is closer than she ever realised.