Interview with Marshall Zann

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember what it was called but it was a book of scary short stories. I was just learning to read and I remember how exited I was to be able to get through it.
How do you approach cover design?
For me, it's the story itself that makes a book what it is. Many famous books have had their covers changed over and over again, but it doesn't make the book itself any different to me. As a reader, I was never swayed either way by the cover so I don't put an awful lot of thought into how it looks from the outside.
What do you read for pleasure?
For the most part, it's combination of H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, Friedrich Nietzsche, poetry, and lot of internet and magazine articles. I try to read things that go along with what I'm currently working on.
Describe your desk
None.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and still live in Toledo, Ohio. It's one of those not quite impoverished but not insanely wealthy areas. The influence comes from any time I spend outdoors. There's something almost desolate about Ohio. We have a full cycle of seasonal change mixed with particularly humid conditions. One can simply not help but feel isolated. It provides a perfect ground for folk tales to come about.
When did you first start writing?
Childhood. About the time I learned how to write cursive is when I really began taking it up as a hobby and it just continued into adulthood.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Arloa was started shortly after a death in the family and was finished shortly after a birth. I've had odd dreams all of my life and they get worse according to circumstances. The Boogey man was just kind of a figure I kept seeing. Ada would appear as either a painting on the wall or as a music box ballerina. Most everything I've written are based on dreams I've had.
What do your fans mean to you?
It's all about the fans. They're everything when it comes to these things. Anyone who wants to take the time and read these are much appreciated and I thank you all.
What are you working on next?
Whatever gets done first. I don't like to go by a schedule when I'm not at work. The less I consider writing to be an occupation, the better the stories seem to turn out.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, it's the practice itself. Write one line. Then, write another that matches the same rhythm and a word that rhymes. Fill in a few stanzas, then, you have to somehow cause this to tell a story. It's not a game to win or lose. All you need is paper and a writing utensil and the boundaries are quite limitless. Same applies to any other art form.
Published 2014-10-09.
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Books by This Author

RIp This Off
Price: Free! Words: 100. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Seriously, I dare you. Put it in a rap song that you know I will hate. It's ok. I want to hear these turn up here and there. That's the fun part of all this.
Electric Nightmare Play
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 770. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Another old story I revamped for release. A continuation of the saga.
Diary of a Car Thief
Price: Free! Words: 850. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Written around the same time as what became Highways of America so it ended up being a precursor to that story.
The Desecration of the Moon God
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
(3.00 from 1 review)
Speaks of those who have taken something beautiful and decided to make it unholy and unjust.
Bloom
Price: Free! Words: 150. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
Yet another reason why you shouldn't go into the water. This is dedicated to the sludge in the lake. Enjoy.
Woodland Hootenanny
Price: Free! Words: 120. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
From "The Mesh". I've always enjoyed ghost stories. I would guess many sightings are bogus but there is no real telling how our surroundings really work.
Old Mother Insomnia
Price: Free! Words: 140. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
For my Grandmother, the other ship passing in the night. Goodnight and rest in peace.
Highways of America
Price: Free! Words: 690. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
I don't like saying too much about my writings but smashwords makes me. simple parable about good and evil.
The Mesh
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,080. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Another series of fictional poems. Not based on any real events or people.
We're Off to Save the Day
Price: Free! Words: 110. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
This one is for those who risk their time, energy, and lives in the name of safety of all of us.
On Identity Theft and Bullying
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Categories: Essay » Literature
I normally keep fiction fictional and strictly for entertainment purposes. There is nothing poetic here and I didn't exactly want to bring it up but I don't need another amateur detective trying to sell me guns and there are a lot of people around here that I don't need to see ever again.
Boots and Iron
Price: Free! Words: 240. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
May this day bring peace, joy, and happiness to all of those who have served our country. Let us remember all of the the sacrifices made by those who protect us and our ways of life.
Mirage
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 130. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is a set of Haikus I have written throughout my life. These are my favourite form of poetry, so i felt it important to publish these works. Any likenesses are strictly coincidental.
A Christmas Poem
Price: Free! Words: 180. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Here, we have a fairly pleasant Christmas poem. It's a friendly twist from my normal works, but anyway, Merry Christmas to all.
The Mark Of the Tiger
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Based on the folklore of Siberia, a man who steals a tiger kill is cursed with what is referred to as "The mark of the tiger". Any person who bears the mark of the tiger is shunned by the locals. Includes Of Storms and Sailors and War of the Spiders.
The Arloa
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,390. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
The Arloa is a sci-fi fantasy put to poetry. Lovecraftian imagery with a sense of humour.
Ada
Price: Free! Words: 700. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Ada is the first of four works that make up The Story of Ada. These are fictional works and are not based on any real events or people. Any likenesses are strictly coincidental. The syringe is a medical reference and not a drug one.