Mark McKay did a number of things before becoming a novelist – van driver, wine salesman, psychiatric orderly, Santa Claus at a major department store… He also spent many years working in the IT industry. After studying creative writing with the University of East Anglia in the UK, he wrote his first novel. Once bitten by the writing bug (for which there’s no cure), more novels followed.
When he isn’t writing, Mark is either reading, struggling to master the guitar, learning aikido (useful research), trying to find time to get out more, and looking for new and unusual experiences that might one day find their way into a book. His goal as a writer is to produce another 50 novels by the age of 100. His goal as a guitar player is to get beyond three chords. He’s pretty sure he can do it (the guitar bit, at least).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I simply wanted to write in the first instance. When it came to publishing, being an Indie and using the ebook format seemed a natural choice.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's a little early to say - ask me again in a year from now!
How far would you go to serve your country?
Take a woman, whose physical abilities have been enhanced by the latest genetic technology. Train her to use them to kill enemies of the state. Put her out in the field and let her do her job. And when she’s done your bidding and she’s no more use to you, decommission her with extreme prejudice. If you can.
Books 1 to 3 of the Severance Trilogy. Discover the trials and tribulations of Nick Severance as he goes from Detective Chief Inspector to reluctant intelligence agent, in these murder, mystery suspense thrillers.
In his first mission for the Crimson Dragon Society, Nick Severance finds himself drawn into a situation where events of the past have a murderous impact in the present. Can he deal with that impact and emerge unscathed?
When the only form of justice that counts is your own.
What should be a straightforward murder investigation for London DCI Nick Severance turns into something far more sinister. How far can he be pushed before he compromises his principles?
This is a very imaginatively told story about a Princess's struggle to free her people and re-unite her planet. Filled with imaginatively described locations, creatures, and magical powers.
The author makes good use of descriptive language, especially many of the metaphors: - 'I see falcon scouts retreating to the palace. They flit across the sky like grains of pepper.'
Reminded me of the 'Dune' books by Frank Herbert. Faye Knight creates a fantasy that draws the reader in to a world of characters with mystical powers and one with a magical heart.
A few editorial issues with this book, but very enjoyable and stimulating nonetheless.