Interview with Mark Victor Young

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing, actually. I get up each morning and work on one of my projects and I look forward it to it every day. But in terms of motivation and inspiration, it's my family, of course.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
While on vacation with my family early in the year, the original “Author Earnings Report” came out. I found it quite persuasive. I also have a few friends who have been enjoying some success with their own indie publishing efforts—the key word being “enjoying.” It looked like a lot of fun.

So, while we lounged poolside, my wife and I cooked up a plan to begin our own publishing collaboration. These ongoing discussions eventually turned into “Hanton House Creative Media,” a platform for our future creative projects and publishing ventures. I don’t know whether it’s “The Workers have Taken Over the Means of Production” or “The Lunatics have Taken Over the Asylum,” but both sound like a blast.
How do you approach cover design?
I’m lucky to be married to an incredible artist who came up with the cover of "Once Were Friends" for me, as well as another one for a book I have on Wattpad and yet another one which is in the works. We spent a lot of hours fine-tuning the fonts, images and color choices, all of which I’m really happy with.
What are you working on next?
I have a mystery suspense novel I'm working on refining as well as a book of short stories. I have some other ideas that aren't as far along, but I'm hoping to be able to focus more on them soon.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, recreating, spending time with friends and family and, oh yeah, 40 hours a week of my day job. I even enjoy it most of the time, which is a good thing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Quite often it is on the basis of social connections, either with the writers themselves or others I know who recommend them. Quite often this comes via Twitter, Wattpad or Goodreads. And sometimes real, live people, too!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In my grade five class, we were allowed to write stories once a week on any topic and two people would be chosen to read them in front of the class. There were some weeks when I wrote brilliant, funny stuff of which I was so proud that I held my hand up that much higher so that I would be picked. Other people were chosen those weeks. Then there were weeks when I wrote schlocky, embarrassing crap. Those were the weeks I was chosen to read out loud. I knew I could do better. I kept on trying.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is John Irving and my favorite book of his is Cider House Rules. Other favorites include Neil Gaiman, Stephen Fry, Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood. And too many others to mention. :)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Okay, I'm going to go with Cider House Rules, Neverwhere, Paperweight, Cat's Eye, and The God Delusion. This may seem like an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction as well as various styles and genres, but this is how my reading life is never boring.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer the Kobo glo for pure reading because it is light, easy on the eyes and works in any lighting situation as well as full sun. I also have a tablet with about six reading apps on it, which is great when I'm travelling or just have small windows of reading time and want to multi-task. Often I bring both just in case.
Published 2014-07-25.
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Books by This Author

The Launch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,480. Language: American English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
They're just a couple of ordinary Joes from London, Canada who dreamed of being comic book artists. Now they've got the editor-in-chief tied up in their basement. If they pull off a successful launch, their dreams are back on track. If they get caught, they go to jail. Nothing like a little motivation.
Awkward Stages
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,610. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of short stories which celebrate all of life’s stages.
Risk
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,650. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Martin and George are a couple of the most unlikely detectives. This is their story.
Once Were Friends
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,580. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.00 from 1 review)
If you think it’s hard to win back the one that got away, try doing it while you’re taking over her family's company.