by Rob Gregory Browne
I’m at the RT Booklovers Convention in Ohio this week, so it’s time for an author interview!
I met Mark Terry a few years back (boy, time flies) when his novel, THE DEVIL’S PITCHFORK, was released. He hung out at my blog a lot and was kind enough to read and review KISS HER GOODBYE on his own blog.
Well, Mark is now out doing the rounds for his latest book and I thought this would be a good time for the folks at Murderati to get to know him a bit — and, of course, run out and buy his new book.
Okay, Mark. Why don’t we start with what I think are probably the most pressing questions an author can possibly be asked:
Is there intelligent life in outer space?
I’m not convinced there’s intelligent life on Earth, let alone in outer space.
Oooookay. Let’s try something else. How do you feel about cannibalism?
Depends. Are they juicy or tough? Fried or baked? What are the side dishes? Do they come with dessert?
You’re starting to scare me. Why don’t we move on to writing? What’s your new book, THE FALLEN, about?
I’ll do that “high concept” thing and describe it as “Die Hard” at the G8 Summit. Basically, it features my series character, Dr. Derek Stillwater, who is a troubleshooter for Homeland Security and an expert on biological and chemical terrorism.
He’s undercover at the resort where the G8 Summit is being held in Colorado when a terrorist group calling itself The Fallen Angels takes over the Summit and threatens to kill a world leader every hour unless their demands are met. Derek’s trapped inside the resort picking off terrorists one by one.
I can smell a movie deal already. Do you do a lot of research for your books?
You mean, do I go to the Middle East and spend two weeks at an Al Qaeda training camp learning how to kill innocent people? Uh, no.
But I do read a lot about terrorism and the history of biological and chemical warfare, keep track of what’s going on in the current Global War on Terror, or whatever it’s currently being called, and I research the cities Derek’s stories take place in and talk to experts as needed. Google and I are on a first-name basis.
What’s your writing routine like?
Well, I’m a fulltime freelance writer, editor and novelist, so I treat it pretty much as a regular job. The schedule varies a bit depending on my kids’ school schedule, but I’m typically at my desk around 8:00 AM, work until 10:30 or so, head off to the gym, grab lunch, then work for a couple more hours, pick up my kids, work for a couple more hours.
Depending on workload and deadlines for various projects, I’ll work in the evenings and weekends.
Which do you prefer writing? Sex scenes or murder scenes?
Murder scenes. I don’t know if it’s just me, and no, I don’t want you to ask my wife, but I can think of a lot more ways to kill people than I can ways to hook up. Perhaps it’s as the old line goes, “What do I know about sex, I’m married.” [Rimshot]
What’s the name of your muse?
Tommy the Terse, but I’m hoping to replace him with Larry the Loquacious.
My muse is female. She looks a lot like Sharon Stone (obscure Albert Brooks movie reference). When you’re not writing, what do you do?
Hang with my family, read, go to the gym, run, bike, kayak, study karate, and I’m the secretary of the local school system’s band boosters (my wife is the president) so we’re always involved in various fundraisers and events. I also play guitar. God, how do I ever find time to write?
Pick three famous people. Which one would you like to sleep with, which one would you like to marry, and which one would you like to use as a victim in one of your books?
Wow, really bizarre. Penelope Cruz, Sandra Bullock, and Dick Cheney. I’ll let you guess which ones are which.
Okay, I guess it’s time to get serious again. What’s next for Derek?
After THE FALLEN, the fourth Derek Stillwater novel is written and scheduled for September 2011. I’m currently working on the fifth and I have a Stillwater novella I want to write and will either make it available on my website or as a Kindle e-book. Of course, I have to write it first.
Okay, that about does it. Thanks for playing, Mark.
And for our studio audience, feel free to ask Mark any questions you might have, but also answer the same one poor Mark was subjected to:
Pick three famous people — real or fictional. Which one would you like to sleep with, which one would you like to marry, and which one would you like to use (or see used) as a victim in a book?
See you in the comments.