Marcus A. Hennessy is an award-winning playwright and lives in the California high desert with his lovely wife Carole. He also writes novels, screenplays...and he blogs.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Aside from the more obvious rewards that come from fiction writing--good feedback from readers, some notoriety, monetary benefits--there's the "mental health" aspect of writing that has driven me for the past several decades. Creating fiction allows me to make some kind of sense of the world, and stimulates alot of disparate and desultory ideas into a coherent strain of perspective, of logic, and of some kind of order. With "Gunsanity," the novel helps me to cope with intense feelings I have about gun violence in America--rage, disbelief, sadness, a call to action--rather than simply venting and sniping on social media. It's not that I want to explain my perspective with the novel; I want to create a perspective that can stimulate thoughts and dialogue among readers, and perhaps compel them to take positive action to make our society safer and more humane.
Why should people read your novels?
A novel should provoke and stimulate ideas in the reader, as well as provide satisfying resolutions to life's problems. Good authors have a responsibility to frame the joys and hazards of life in a socially responsible context, and that's what I've tried to do with "Gunsanity," and other work that's been produced on stage. Using irony, humor, strong visual imagery and even some vivid scenes of sexual intimacy, my novels strive to impress readers with a reality they can relate to, and empathize with. Yes, the violence in "Gunsanity" is graphic and raw, but isn't that what we read about virtually every day in the news, raw and graphic violence, often amplified by gun carnage? We need to become more caring, more compassionate, and more humane as a culture, as a society, and I want my novels to push us towards that end.
Luke Mandrake blogs about America's obsession with war, guns and killing, and attracts the demented attention of a ruthless sniper who's murdering drivers in Los Angeles. After Luke's wife dies in a Southland Sniper attack, his aggressive blogging leads him into taboo relationships that culminate in a deadly cat-and-mouse game to save his family, and himself. "A dark satire and a riveting ride!"