Author Interview - MARK LUKENS
Updated: Jul 18, 2018
Today on the Witch Haunt, please welcome Amazon bestselling author of horror, MARK LUKENS! I’m excited to be interviewing him, because I recently read DEVIL’S ISLAND and thoroughly enjoyed it.
WH: Welcome, Mark! Please give us a brief introduction of your fabulous self:
First let me say thank you for this opportunity – I really appreciate it. I’m a full-time writer now, but I’ve had many jobs through the years; I owned my own drywall company for a few years. I was also a line cook, a welder, a concrete worker, and a lawn technician. I’ve been married for sixteen years to my wonderful wife. Our son is almost twenty-five years old and just got married. I grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, but now we live on the west coast about thirty minutes north of Tampa.
WH: Congratulations to your son on his marriage! What other career would you have if not writing/publishing?
Probably some kind of construction or remodeling work.
WH: I always find fascinating the multiple talents of talented writers. What is your writing process like?
First I get an idea for a story or a novel (or a series), and then I kind of let the idea evolve in my mind for a little while, maybe jotting down a few notes here and there. Once I’m ready to work on the story, I’ll create an outline, not too detailed, maybe six or seven pages with just the basic structure of the story and the main characters. Then I begin the first draft. I stick pretty much to the outline, but the story does change in many ways through the first draft. I try to get the first draft written pretty quickly, and then I let it sit for a few weeks while I work on something else (I’m usually working on several projects at the same time). Then I go back to it and re-read and edit, maybe four or five times, sometimes even more until I’m as satisfied with it as I can be. Then I send it off to beta readers (and I value their opinions and suggestions). And then after a final read-through or two, I’m ready to publish.
WH: We have similar processes. I tend to get the first draft done quickly as well, mostly because it drives me crazy to not see the whole picture at once. Which of your written works are you most proud of?
That’s hard to say, but there are a few short stories in both of my collections (A Dark Collection and Razorblade Dreams) that I’m really fond of, maybe because I wrote them so long ago. What I’m most satisfied with at this point is a new post-apocalyptic series I’m working on right now, one I hope I’ll have on Amazon sometime in August.
WH: Can’t wait to read it. I’m a fan of your work! If you could interview any horror author, gone or alive, who would it be?
The two authors who were the biggest influences on me when I first started writing were Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, so I guess I would say both of them.
WH: Excellent choices. They are kings for a reason. How have you changed as a person from your early life until now?
Since I’ve begun writing full-time about four years ago, I would say that I’ve become more disciplined and focused on my writing, trying to carve out a few hours every day to write or get some kind of work done.
WH: And discipline is half the battle in being a full-time author, isn’t it? How do you like your coffee? Do you have a favorite libation? What’s your favorite dessert? This is the food portion of the interview. :)
I don’t drink coffee, but I like green tea in the morning. I don’t really like sweets that much – my weakness is potato chips. Maybe my favorite dessert would be pumpkin squares (you may never want pumpkin pie again after eating these).
WH: Oh, damn, pumpkin squares. Now, I have to look those up and whip up a batch tonight. Hey, Mark, what’s your favorite Halloween tradition?
Now that our son is grown we don’t really have a Halloween tradition anymore. We used to go all out decorating the house, and I would carve a pumpkin with my son and then we’d take him trick-or-treating. We still pass out candy sometimes, and then we watch some scary movies.
WH: Sounds like the perfect Halloween night to me. What is the witchiest thing about you (we’re all a little witchy)?
My grandmother (who passed away years ago) had some strange abilities: she used to read palms and cards, conduct séances, and go to a psychic church in Cassadaga, Florida. She also lived in several haunted houses, two of which I remember as a child when my sister and I stayed a few summers with my grandparents.
WH: You must use some of those experiences as inspiration in one of your books, so I can read about them. What do you feel makes a horror novel scary?
I think it’s important to care what happens to the characters in a horror novel or film, to be afraid that something bad is going to happen to them.
WH: Right. If people just start dying from the beginning, why should we care? We have to get to know these characters first. What is the most awesome thing happening in your life right now that you’d like to share with us?
It’s awesome that I get to wake up every morning and write for a living – a dream come true for me. I’ve worked a lot of jobs through the years, but I was always writing in my spare time. I’ve always loved to write, just for the joy of it, and now I get to do it for a living.
WH: That’s awesome, isn’t it? To just wake up and make stories up for a living. What’s next for you? We can’t wait to see what you have coming up!
I’ve got the third book in my Ancient Enemy series coming out soon. Right after that, hopefully in August, I should have the first three books in my post-apocalyptic series coming out. I’m already working on the first drafts of books 4 and 5. I’m also working on the second book in my Exorcist’s Apprentice series and a standalone thriller called Sleep Disorders.
So many amazing books coming our way, and I plan on buying every single one of them. Thank you for being with me here today, Mark! To follow Mark Lukens, visit the links below:
* Website: https://www.marklukensbooks.wordpress.com
* Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Lukens/e/B00G8GYUUG
* Latest release: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C2M72X9
* Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/marklukensbooks
Mark Lukens has been writing since the second grade when his teacher called his parents in for a conference because the ghost story he’d written concerned her a little. Since then he’s had several stories published and four screenplays optioned by producers in Hollywood, and one script is still in development to be produced. He’s the author of many Amazon bestselling novels including: Ancient Enemy, Sightings, The Exorcist’s Apprentice, Devil’s Island, andFollowed. He’s a member of the Horror Writers Association. Mark grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. But after many travels and adventures, he settled down near Tampa, Florida with his wonderful wife and son, and a stray cat they adopted.
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