Hey all, hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and got spoilt rotten with books! ^_^
Today we have author Ryan Mark on the blog. He was kind enough to answer a few questions and share with us his book, Tremor. So after checking out the post make sure to add this one to your TBR list on goodreads.
A review will be coming in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for that. ^_^
By Ryan Mark
The life William knew has gone. His world has been left devastated by the Fossil War. All major governments have been wiped out and the land is now under the control of the company Terrafall. Although Terrafall's intentions seem honest, William wonders if the company will live up to its promises and stop the tremors, which have been plaguing the Earth since the end of the war. And can Terrafall really find out who is behind the recent wave of abductions?
When someone close to William disappears, he decides it's time to take matters into his own hands. But in a land that is on the verge of tearing itself apart, is it a life worth fighting for? If your world was falling apart, how far would YOU go to save it?
Interview with Author Ryan Mark
What made you want to start writing?
I started writing as a means to funnel my creativity and imaginings. Getting it all down on paper was the easiest way to do this, and once these ideas appeared in writing I was able to make sense of them and form them into meaningful stories.
Who is your favourite Author & what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Marcus Sedgwick – his books pull you in from the start and I really love the way he tells his stories, and how he cleverly intertwines story and character. He is one of the writer’s who inspired me to pick up a pen in the first place.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
Killing off a likeable character – I’ve always found this hard as a writer and will try to find ways around it if I can. Sadly, most of the time I can’t and I have to go ahead with the painful process of writing their death scene. I usually console myself with a large quantity of food and a glass of wine afterwards.
What was your favourite chapter to write and why?
I don’t really have one chapter in particular, but I loved writing the transitional part between chapter 9 and 10 in Tremor where the location/setting drastically changes from being barren to full of life. I enjoyed the changes in descriptions, but also writing about the character’s reactions to these changes, and how they manage and cope.
What was the most surprising thing you’ve learned in writing your book?
That people actually want to read what I’ve written, and that it doesn’t just mean something to me, but also means something to others too.
I’ve also learnt that you can completely change the direction of a story with a few words. You can literally destroy a world with a sentence if you wanted to.
Do you have a routine when you write? A place where you like to write?
I need to make sure that the area I’m writing in is clean and in order so that there is nothing that can distract me, or appear in the corner of my eye (I have OCD – can be a blessing, but can be a curse. I think both to be honest!) and I must be sat on a squishy surface with a cup of tea close by. Emphasis on the ‘squishy’.
What is the last book you read?
She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick – He is an amazing writer, and as I’ve previously explained, was one of the main authors who inspired me to start writing myself.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to spend time with my family as they inspire me and help me forget about my stresses.
What's your favorite scene/line from your work?
A song from Tremor that the main character, William, sings:
I've been hoping for something so unreal,
A life that could never be.
And now as the sun fades beyond the horizon,
I'm lost and deep in my dreams.
But now I'm not dreaming, I'm human, it’s real.
A life that could never be.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Oddly, as a young child I wanted to be a judge. I think the hammer must’ve appealed to me, although it could’ve been the fancy wigs! I always wondered why they had to wear these. As I got older this changed to a geography teacher, and then changed again to a primary school teacher, which I ended up training to be at university.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Make sure you pace yourself. Don’t rush. Patience is vital. Writing a book takes time. And please, don’t think your book will never be published! There are so many options available to aspiring authors these days that giving up is becoming a thing of the past – as it should!
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you so much for supporting me through my writing journey! I love hearing from you all, and finding out how you’ve experienced my book. Your opinions and feedback matter, so please feel free to send me a message through my website: www.ryanmark.co.uk Keeping in contact with readers is very important to me.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Loyal, Optimistic and Pessimistic (I can be a bit of both, but I hope I’m more of an optimist *grimaces slightly*)
What are you currently working on?
Tremor: The Fracture, book number 2 in the Tremor Cycle.
What scares you the most and why?
Cows… but I have no idea why. They just really scare me for some reason!
Some quick questions..
Light or Dark chocolate?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Dogs or Cats?
Tea or Coffee?
Black or Grey… A bit miserable I know…
Favourite Disney movie?
Beauty and the Beast
Where can fans find you?
and at my website: www.ryanmark.co.uk
About the author
Ryan Mark lives and writes in the rural county of Cumbria, on the outskirts of the Lake District. Tremor is Ryan's debut novel and is the first book in The Tremor Cycle, a Dystopian series that takes place in a world devastated by war. Ryan currently teaches in a pre-school, caring for children before they take their first big leap into primary school. He is passionate about: writing, equality and helping children learn to read. He has always loved to write and create different worlds, drawing his inspirations from his family and the place where he lives.