Interview with Mark Lind-Hanson

Describe your desk
My desk is a wide triangular double-tier modernistic thing which fits into a corner of the Japanese shoji screens which divide my space from my roommate's. It's got my laptop, which I use in lieu of a typewriter, a container full of pens, notepads in which I write notes pertaining to my books as well as journals, a few spare USB backup drives, a 3TB backup hard drive, and scratch paper. And a coaster for setting the coffee.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up between the SF Peninsula and Hawaii, where I spent several years of my childhood. I'd say that Hawaii influenced the way I deal with people a lot more than it did my writing, but in terms of my writing, it fostered a sense of individuality and imagination which I am sure could not have blossomed on the mainland. And the SF Peninsula in the late sixties-early seventies was a very fervid cultural and counter-cultural environment, and all those things were definitely a big influence on me. It was the de facto capital of the world, or at least the West Pole, for a number of years.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing early on, around age nine, and happened upon a real deep period of short story writing at fourteen. This period was very heavily influenced by two (or three) musical albums in particular- Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits and New Morning, and Neil Young's After The Goldrush. In the intervening years, Dylan has only come to influence me more and deeply so, and Young, much less. But at the time, these opened up an entirely new personal conception of my creative self, and so that ought to be noted. I had been writing songs since eleven, but my early teens were my first steps into the kind of fiction writing I produce now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to write and would write even if there were no commercial impetus to it. I like to create stories I would not mind reading myself. If others enjoy my writing then, I am gratified. The act of creation itself is personally more meaningful than monetary concern, although of course that IS a factor. But I write for the same reasons I make music-for the love of it. It's a life, if not a living .
What are you working on next?
Through the winter of 2017-18 I am currently on hiatus. I will be returning late spring 2018 to my writing. Currently I am involved making digital copies of chamber symphony manuscripts written some time ago which were never satisfactorily recorded. This takes up the time I would otherwise spend writing. I have two (novel) projects in the hopper, but I will only get back to them once I feel I have completed enough of this copy work to satisfy my need to get a cd out of the music.
So writing unfortunately has to take a back seat... for now...
Who are your favorite authors?
Ken Kesey, Kurt Vonnegut, Lawrence Durrell, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Theodore Sturgeon.
What is your writing schedule?
I tend to do my best writing in the early morning. I tend to follow "the artist's way" technique, but not as a daily thing. Once I adopted the technique I found it more effective on a weekly and not a daily basis. That is, I go a week or so collecting the things that have made my week irksome, and at some point, condense these into a 3 page screed that I write and then immediately forget about. This way it opens me up for the flow of the creative side of things. I tend to write in spurts, some days it might be for an hour or less, others, three hours, depending on the business of the day. I find it best to keep away from other distractions such as internet communications & social media until I've plowed through whatever work I feel suffices. My best days I write for an hour or more, and have a general goal of five to ten pages. Other than early morning I like working on Sunday afternoons, since most garden work or housework or errands get done on Saturdays. Put on some music, and get to it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Practicing guitar and mandolin, gardening, reading, & "doing what I need to do to earn a living," which has absolutely nothing to do with all those good and fine things.
Published 2018-02-08.
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Books by This Author

Hell Is For Hippies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,470. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban
Muggles Amphora returns to San Francisco to find the Uptopian dream, set up a communal household, and ply his talents as a streetbusker and cofeehouse poet. If you grew up in the 1960’s, 70’s, or 80’s, you might appreciate this take the diversity between Utopian vision and Reality as the San Francisco measure of all things.
Flight of the Oberon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,040. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sean Kaatz was kidnapped by fairies and taken to their planet, Lux. He's been given a mission and ultimatum- help convince humanity to cease their war on nature, or fear the wrath of the vastly superior fairy civilization.
Fistfight at Judas Gulch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,630. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Sardo Pat is an original Forty-Niner, and tells it like it was back in Gold Rush times
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,260. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Professor Guilliame Caltrop is a man with problems. He’s highly in demand as a guest lecturer yet troubled by the reactions that ripple off his opinionated thoughts. He’s in quite a bit of trouble however and there is no telling how long he’ll be able to keep up appearances...
Oh What Will You Give Me
Series: Julian Plectrum, medieval fantasy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,970. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Book Three of the Julian Plectrum series finds The Fallen Lady tavern getting on its feet, the occupation of Baron Anselm’s Trewidden castle by hostile royalists, infiltration into Cornwall of inquisitional monks, shady minstrels, restive miners, and ultimately, Julian’s recognition that the Welsh Rising is doomed.
Many Worlds Since I Left Home
Series: Julian Plectrum, medieval fantasy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,700. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Minstrel Julian and his puppeteer wife Mary travel to Amiens and the market fair there, accompanying their merchant friends Stephen and Roger. Julian makes an unlikely friend in Abu, from Granada in Andalusia, and when he returns to Penzance, opens a tavern of his own.
If I Should Live So Long
Series: Julian Plectrum, medieval fantasy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,420. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Julian Plectrum is a lute playing child of Cheshire. He travels to London and ends up in a medieval copyright dispute. Coming back from a search for new home for his future wife, he ends up in the midst of a great battle, discovering the brother left three years before among the wounded. He marries his sweetheart, they depart for their new home, only to be taken on another adventure...
Everything Is Beautiful In Its Own Way
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,690. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Jeana Montague is in treatment. She has found a pair of unlikely friends and confidantes... and who knows what may become of them... If the people at Shadow Acres have their way... But is her "cure" to be worse than her "disease?"
Bus Of Fools
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 110,370. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In Bus Of Fools, Guru Abbryggdd, co-creator of the OtherNet, attempts to regain his family's lost estate and place in the House of Lords. He and pretender to the throne of England, the "terrorist" Bonny Black Prince join forces to recapture their respective places in history and society. Along the way, Guru meets a number of American tourists, in Paris on a week-long bus tour.
As I Was Telling You While Sleeping
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,450. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of short stories by Mark Lind-Hanson includes stories written from 2011 through 2012 and posted at the author's blog. A young man goes on a rampage when his Fun Credits are revoked, an amusement park ride goes awry, a spaceship full of robots is put in charge of human space migration, a sour young playboy gets what he deserves, as does a cranky crusty redneck.
Third Eye Patch
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 465,450. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
The Third Eye Patch is a biomedical device that allows a person to reset his or her natural body rhythms with an algorithm based on a musical melody. It also unleashes telepathic-like powers, as Mike Chen and his friends discover along the way, fleeing from agents and assassins from the corporate pharmaceutical industry, the hi-tech world, and the U.S. Government.