INTERVIEW WITH MARK SIMMONS

ABOUT HIS TRILOGY

KG: And in The Psionic Powers Trilogy, you’ve added etc bits, tell us about that?

 

MS: The original trilogy is all POV of Whitfield. The extra bits give you the perspective of a number of other characters. Telling more of the story surrounding the events.

 

KG:  What is your own personal Trilogy of books you’ve read or films even; and why?

 

MS: The Alien Trilogy is a pretty complete series of movies. Alien 3 gets a bad rap. It’s nothing compared to the first 2 movies, but it still has a lot going for it.

 

KG: What or who inspired you to be a writer?

 

MS: No one thing really. I had always enjoyed making up stories with my toy soldiers and Star Wars figures as a child. That enjoyment never really stopped. I just removed the toys.

 

KG: Who is your favourite writer and why?

 

MS: Not sure I have one. I’m just a fan of literature.

 

KG: Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading at the moment?

 

MS: I try to read as often as possible. I have 2 or 3 books on my nightstand at the moment, but I don’t know which one to start next.

 

KG:  What's your favourite book of all time?

 

MS: I have a few.  I Am Legend. The Rats. Dracula. Frankenstein. Christine. Moby Dick. Let The Right One In. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

 

KG: What writing projects are you working on and when can we expect to see them published?

 

MS: I have story in early development that is a Detective style tale. And more from the same universe as The Psionic Powers Trilogy. But they are both a long way off being finished.

 

KG: Some writers have a five-year plan; what other writing projects do you have planned long term?

 

MS: The story of Whitfield Creed is a long-term project. As he is immortal a can see a lengthy future for him.

 

KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five to ten years’ time?

 

MS: I tend not to think that way. It will go where it goes.

 

KG: What do you enjoy the most about writing?

 

MS: Creating worlds and characters. Basically, making up stuff. It’s great.

 

KG: Do you have set times you like to write, when does your creative brain work best?

 

MS: I would say I’m definitely a night owl. When I’m working on a project, I will be at the screen typing most nights. All else becomes secondary.

 

KG: What writing structure do you have? Write in the same place, set out etc?

 

MS: I don’t really have a set place. I varies from day to day.

 

KG: What one, key writing tip would you share?

 

MS: The first draft is always bad. I consider the first draft to be nothing more than the backbone of the story. You then need to go back over it and add the arms, legs, head, heart.

 

KG: What advice or what would you say to inspire young writers?

 

MS: Just get it written. Until you have a finished item you have nothing to sell/push at publishers.

 

KG: Did it take you a long time to write each book in the trilogy?

 

MS: Each one took about a year to write. Although the third book Raised From Darkness took a bit longer. But then it is a longer book than the other two.

 

KG: And the first book Of the Night is on offer at the moment it’s FREE in fact – on reflection do you think selling books at a reduced price or offering free is a good idea?

 

MS: You almost have to put your work on offer at times. With Of The Night it’s the first book of a trilogy that is now available in 1 book, so it makes sense to give the reader a taster if you will.

 

KG: Have you always been a horror fan, what’s favourite horror films and why?

 

MS: Ever since an older cousin sat me down at the age of seven to watch Hellraiser II: Hellbound I’ve been interested in horror. Scared the living hell out of me but I became obsessed with having that feeling again.

 

KG: A huge thank you for your time Mark, I think you are a good writer and deserve to go far, I hope you enjoyed answering questions from everyone?

 

MS: You are welcome and hope all horror fans out there like my writing.

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KG: Tell us all about The Psionic Powers Trilogy – spoilers allowing?

 

MS: It follows the path of Whitfield Creed as he is thrown into an underworld of Immortal’s that feed off and manipulate humankind. Becoming one of these creatures of the night himself he must try and survive amongst these ancient beings as they feud with one another.

 

KG: This it the trilogy, did you set out to write a trilogy, how did it evolve?

 

MS: The plan was to do three books following Whitfield. But I also have plans for a much more expansive universe. When dealing with immortals you have such a wide narrative time frame to work with.

 

KG: What gave you the original idea for the books in the first place?

 

MS: Partially some ideas I had bouncing around in my head. And partially the characters are based on stories played out in a dice RPG I played with some friends when I was a teenager.

 

KG: Did you plan your writing out or go with the flow?

 

MS: I always try to have a beginning, middle and end to the plot. But the rest of the story tends to come out whilst writing.

 

KG: It’s a very well written fast paced book, quite violent in places, who would you say is your target audience?

 

MS: I like to think that horror fans will love it. But then fans of action will also have a great time reading it. But there is also some amazing prose in there, which cater to the literature fans.

 

KG: I think all three books in the trilogy would make great films, if so, who would you like to see in the lead roles?

 

MS: Agreed. They’re all transferrable to the silver screen. I have each of the characters pictured in my head, but no actors spring to mind that could play the roles.

 

KG: The Psionic Powers Trilogy has a very eye-catching cover are you happy with the design and how does it sit with the story?

 

MS: Very happy. Graeme Parker @GorePublishing did a great job in creating it. The skull is supposed to symbolise Whitfield’s head as the Psionic powers his immortality has given him bloom.

 

KG: What feedback have you had about the trilogy so far?

 

MS: I have a lot of praise for how unputdownable the books are. Which is something I tried to do. Ending each chapter on a cliffhanger of sorts.

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