Mark Kozak


Mark Kozak is a writer, musician, Cleveland sports fan, pop culture addict and fringewatcher. He is incredibly happily married to the only woman in the world who would ever put up with him. He graduated with a degree in English (Creative Writing) from Ohio University, and then promptly began working a series of jobs wholly unrelated to his degree. He has two sons, Jeff & Corey, two dog-ters, Girl (deceased) & Ellie, and dog-son, Leo. He currently resides in Avon Lake, Ohio.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind Cat & Cat?
I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Creative Writing all the way back in 1989. I've started maybe twenty projects since then, but the 9-5 workaday always derailed my trains of thought before they even left the station. When I lost my job in the crash of 2009, I suddenly found I had LOTS of time on my hand. My wife and brother both suggested I use the the opportunity to write the novel I always talked about. After a few fits and starts, I got enough steam going to pound out the first "movement" before finding gainful employment once again. By that time, I was so into the process that I spent every weekend writing until in May 2012, I finally completed the first draft. The beginning of Cat & Cat is very autobiographical in the emotional sense, and it's the only thing I really kept from my first efforts in 2009. The rest of the storyline - the missing kids, Ryan Leach and the mystery woman - came later.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I kicked around quite a few majors while I was in college - Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Criminology, Education - before settling on English/Creative Writing. For my four-plus years at OU, I was in the Honors Tutorial College program. So aside from the intensive study in English Lit, I could pretty much take any courses at any level I chose. From my sophomore through senior year, my course load ran the gamut from Senior Level History and Criminology classes to graduate level Creative Writing workshops. I also found time to teach Middle School and study/teach in Sheffield, England for a semester. I loved everything about college, but most of all I loved to write. It was more than love, actually. Writing became a compulsion bordering on obsession. When I finally graduated, I decided to venture into the "real world" instead of staying in the academic realm. I was convinced I could work 9-5 and write on evenings & weekends. I didn't want to be one of the "ivory tower" writers I encountered while at OU. I had a very naive, romantic notion that I could write as "one of the people." Within months of graduating, I entered the work force and gradually lost the fire, so to speak, for twenty years. I finally found it again by happenstance, and once I started writing again in 2009 I couldn't stop until I'd finally seen Cat & Cat to conclusion.
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Cat & Cat
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 146,930. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
“While you’re trying to find something, maybe you should also let something find you.” One part thriller, one part confessional and hard-boiled to a steaming conclusion, Cat & Cat propels everyman Chris Telamon into a game of human chess where his every move forces him to face his future by confronting his past.

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