Interview with M.C. Questgend

When did you first start writing?
To be honest I started writing when I was very young, but not for publication... that didn't happen until last year. I happened across my old journals and decided it was time to tell the story.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As mentioned in my bio, I was a military brat initially and we settled in South Texas before my folks split up. I stayed to finish school and then went away to college. My high school and college years were a HUGE influence on my writing and life in general... many of the stories including my first book (Am I Still The Victim) are based on true events.
What do you read for pleasure?
That is a tough one... Erotica generally perks me up, but I am a geek of sorts so technology books and magazine articles generally boost my interest as well
What is your e-reading device of choice?
As a geek, it is not about the device, because I have them all... iPad, iPhone, Android Galaxy Tab and of course my Surface tablet, but I guess when I am reading it would have to be my Android Galaxy tab.
Describe your desk
OMG... there is a desk under there ;)

What do they say the messier you are the more creative you are... If that is true I am the most creative person in the world... at least when it comes to my desk.
What's the story behind your first book?
Am I Still the Victim is about me. I took the original journals I thought I had lost years ago and decided to expand on the dairy. Elaborating on the true events that took place so many years ago. It was my way of finding some closure on that chapter. What happened to me was horrifying, but became part of me. That didn't take away from the continuous nightmares nor did it make me self destructive, but writing the book gave me the opportunity to close those younger days and allow me to focus on today.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
You have got to love TWITTER and FACEBOOK. My website gets some attention but anytime I publicize my work on social media, I have an instant boost in interest.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually take existing photos and edit the hell out of them, but those photos tend to be the initial inspiration to the story itself. Once adjusted I develop the title around the photo and try and build the cover in a customized format. Of course sometimes I am at the mercy of self publishing options like Amazon and CreateSpace.
What is your writing process?
Think, Speak, Write, Read, Re-Write.

Sounds strange, but I spend a lot of time in thought about specific subject matter. When I find a topic I want to include in my writing, I often develop a roleplaying conversation with myself... somewhat of a narration of sorts. When I feel comfortable with the conversation, I put it on paper which usually turns into a longwinded conversation that can go on and on, so a re-write is usually in order.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The fan support of course. I have had a few reach out to me to tell me there opinions about my work and in some cases how it touched their lives. Not all of the feedback has been positive, but that is what makes it great.. those that enjoy it continue to drive me and those that did not like it give me the opportunity to change aspects to make it more enjoyable.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot. They say you can never have enough friends and for me that is true. Writing under a pen name allows me to remain private, but sometimes privacy is claustrophobic and it is nice to have fans of me and my work to lean on about subject matters that I have a difficult time expressing to others outside of that circle.
What are you working on next?
I continue to write short stories and have begun work on the third installment of the ShapeShifter book series. The first two received some good feedback and I am hoping the next one will be even better.
Published 2016-12-15.
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