Mark: As the saying goes, “everyone has a book inside of them.” This was true for me as well, but as the daily trials and tribulations of life take control my story telling never got past a couple of drinks down the local pub. This was until the sudden the death of my father-in-law showed me that you have to do what you want to do in life now and never put it off until some unknown point in the future. Frenzy a Daniel Jones Story was a direct result of this event.
Me: Do you have any strange writing habits?
Mark: My strangest habit is to write what I want and not worry about the grammar, or spelling, as I let the story flow from my mind as it appears on the screen of my laptop. I just want to get the story out and then will go back and try to correct the mistakes I have made. I find if my imagination is alive with images these are what I need to concentrate on and not the Queen’s English.
Me: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Mark: I’ve been lucky so far in not having to go through this experience so I’m not too qualified to answer this question. What I can say is that I try to have the weekend off from writing manuscripts so come Monday I’ve had a couple days to dream the dreams. During the weekend I concentrate on things like my FRENZY Facebook page and my Mark King Twitter page @author_king.
Me: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Mark: Everything is hard when you first start because you have no, or very little, knowledge of what is required by the industry. The formats, fonts, word counts and much more and it’s only by taking advice, and learning from others who have the mistakes in the first place, can you learn. This is why I started my blog at always-hanging-around.blogspot.com The more you learn the easier it becomes in theory although this doesn't always work out in practice. I make mistakes all the time so I’m still learning.
Me: What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Mark: Never give up. It might sound simple advice but so many people start to write and never finish the mission. You must get the story out of your head in the first place and onto your laptop and this is just what I did with Frenzy a Daniel Jones Story.
Me: What book are you reading now?
Mark: I’m just got my hands on a copy of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire. I read the first book in the series and looking forward to this one. I don’t normally read fiction when I’m writing as I don’t want their style of writing to affect my writing, but now I have finished Daniel Jones Doom the sequel to Frenzy I’m going to get stuck in.
Me: For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Mark: I don’t have a kindle so prefer paper back although I do like a hard back if I plan on keeping the book for my collection.
Me: If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Mark: I think Justin Bieber could play Daniel Jones. Russell Crow would be excellent actor for Daniel’s father John. As for Gwendolyn I would like an unknown actress to play her so giving them their first break.
Me: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Mark: That’s a hard question to answer; it’s like asking a parent which one of their children is their favorite. In my case I love them all because they are all a product of me. I have nurtured them and helped them to grow into living beings. They are all different but together they make a great team for a great book for the reader to enjoy.
About the Book!
Daniel leads a peaceful life with his family until he finds out a repulsive secret about the Over-seers, the ‘saviour's of humanity’, and his security is blown to smithereens. He enters a world where death is the only certainty and quickly learns to kill – or be killed.
Enter Gwendolyn, with the charm of a snake and a bite that’s twice as dangerous. People skills aren’t her thing but she knows how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world; she’s a hotshot with a bow and arrow and can rustle up a mean rat soup.
Mary is the only person left alive over forty. She’s not too good at fighting but she knows where to find the one thing that could save their lives; the golden shield. Only Mary can remember life before the alien invasion, before humanity was brainwashed into following the procedures.
Pursued by the Over-seers, the Triclops and the barbaric hunters, can the three brave rebels triumph in their quest for the golden shield? The odds are stacked against them – hold tight for a white-knuckle ride through a landscape of devastation!
Frenzy is a dystopian novel for YA and adults alike that can be enjoyed by both male and female readers of any age from 13 to 93. Its a fast paced story that will be enjoyed by anyone who likes Adventure fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Science Fiction, Horror Fiction as in contains elements of all three.