Mark Carver, the author of the new Speculative Christian novel The Age of Apollyon joins me today for an interview.
The Age of Apollyon was actually the first novel I have read in this genre. I enjoyed it greatly, and I am happy to have Mark join us today!
I'm an American currently living in China with my wife and son. I teach English classes at a Chinese university. My interests include art, tattoos, heavy metal, cathedrals, a cold beer, and of course, reading and writing.
Speculative Christian is a unique genre to me. What genre(s) do you specialize in?
I've been writing stories of all kinds since I was a little kid, but I've always been drawn to sci-fi, action/adventure, and horror. I like to infuse all the elements that I enjoy reading into my own writing. I'm a sucker for intense dramatic atmosphere and melodrama, and I try to make my writing moody and engrossing. I also enjoying writing about characters that are unlikable though not disgusting (such as a serial killer or mad scientist). I see it as a challenge: to make readers loathe a character but still feel compelled to read about them.
Who inspires you in your writing Mark? Do you have any favorite authors?
I pretty much only read classics. I rarely pick up a book that is less than one hundred years old, though I do enjoy some modern authors. Anything from the Gothic, American Romantic, and Victorian eras suit me just fine, but I also enjoy intense psychological stories, regardless of genre or era. Lord of the Flies by William Golding is my favorite book.
I love Lord of the Flies! I think I once counted up that it had been required reading for 6 or 7 of the classes that I took from high school through college...everything from Literature to Sociology! What inspires you to write your stories Mark?
I like writing what I would want to read. I get most of my inspiration from music and movies. I am a very visual writer and I try to replicate what I see in my mind through words. I listen to a lot of bombastic music like death and doom metal, and this helps put me in the mood to write. I love action movies that are explosive and over-the-top, so I seek to combine rip-roaring action with atmospheric creepiness. This is the direction that my writing is going now, but I'm sure my inspiration will change when I branch out into other genres.
Do you have any rituals or habits that contribute to your writing process?
The time of day doesn't matter, but I have to be alone, either at home or in my office. I usually listen to heavy metal music, and I like to drink beer or green tea. I find my best bursts of creativity happen after I've watched a TV program or movie.
Awesome! Drinking beer when writing? I should try that! What's on the horizon for Mark Carver? Any other books in the works?
The Age of Apollyon just came out last month, but I'm already 75% finished with the sequel, Black Sun. There will be a total of three books in this series, and I expect to finish Black Sun early next year. I have a few ideas in my head that are just waiting to pop out, and I'm pretty good about keeping a steady writing rhythm, so I hope to crank out at least one book a year. You'll just have to wait and see.
Where can we find you and your books?
The Age of Apollyon on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Age-of-Apollyon-ebook/dp/B009LU10ZY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351055365&sr=8-2&keywords=the+age+of+apollyon
The Age of Apollyon on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-age-of-apollyon-mark-carver/1112037360
Official website: http://theageofapollyon.blogspot.com
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Thanks for joining us today Mark! Good Luck!