The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic

The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Author Mark Carver Talks!

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! 

Thanks for joining us today Mark! Tell us a little about yourself!

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:

The Age of Apollyon on Barnes and Noble:

Official website:




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Thanks for joining us today Mark! Good Luck!

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