Interview with McKade Marshall

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a lifelong learner and creative artist. When I am not writing I like to do things that stimulate creative thought and relax my mind. My favorite way to spend time is walking on the beach and taking in all the different moments around me. When I can relax and let my mind rest, I am truly free to express myself as a writer and as an artist. I am always looking for the next project to work on, so rarely am I not writing or journaling. As for how I use spare time, I enjoy visiting family, drinking coffee with friends, and going on short hikes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm not sure what the first story I ever wrote was, but I knew how to draw a Brachiosaurus (dinosaur long-neck) after watching "The Land Before Time" when I was four years old. My greatest obsession as a child was drawing and playing with dinosaurs.
What is your writing process?
No matter where I am or what I am doing, if creative thoughts start to flood my mind, I start to type them out on my iPhone or at the nearest computer immediately. Often, when I am jogging I start to think of all sorts of ideas for what I want to write next. Creative thoughts sometimes come at the most inopportune times!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My favorite stories to read were Hank the Cowdog books. Growing up in the country, I relished all the adventures and unsolved mysteries Hank could find himself in at the ranch. Reading these books are what developed my insatiable appetite to read more at a young age.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love magazines. Visiting the magazine rack is one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning. There are so many different magazine genres today that no matter what I'm in the mood to read, there is always something on the rack that intrigues me. Magazines are also great because they tend to be current with the times and keep me in the loop with what is going on in different areas of life today.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word-of-mouth is the best. People and personal engagement sell any product better than any other marketing "technique" out there.
Describe your desk
Clean on Monday. Train-wreck by Wednesday. Somewhat tidy by Thursday. Clean and organized by Saturday.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country in West Texas. People are very friendly and engaging where I grew up, so relating to people has never been difficult for me as a person and as a writer. Being personable is crucial to good writing. If the reader cannot relate to what you are saying, then you have lost your audience.
When did you first start writing?
I have written all my life, growing up in the education system then spending six years in college for undergraduate and graduate studies.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Expressing my thoughts for everyone to read! Some things that swirl around in my head are outrageous, but when I find a way to pull all my thoughts into one cognitive flow of words it is very fascinating to read and analyze. Writing is a form of personal growth for me, and I hope also for my readers.
Published 2014-08-08.
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Books by This Author

Tasting the Goodness of God
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 24,820. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
This book of 31 devotional thoughts is just the beginning of McKade putting into words, messages of hope and inspiration for every day of the month. May these words shared from his heart of transparency be a source of comfort, strength, encouragement, and growth in your own life as you turn every page.