Name – M. W. Rowe (Marcus)
Where are you from- North East England
These books are part of a Decalogy (Ten Book Series)
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing at the age of 13 although not much can be said for the quality of my work at that age. I still have a copy of the novel that I wrote, one day I will re-write it but for now it is mine. I didn’t do much for a long time after that and then in 2011 I had the idea for Fallen From Grace and it blossomed from there.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The day I got my first paperback copy of Fallen From Grace delivered through the post.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Grace did. I came up with Grace about 6 months before I even began considering that I would start writing again. She was in my head a lot and eventually she just blossomed into a story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not so much a style but definitely a genre. Fantasy.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Grace again, she is an angel that has fallen from heaven so I used the popular saying to fit in with this. I am not even sure where My Favourite Colour is Aubrey came from, all I can say on this is that Grace had some input again.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No, I don’t do hidden messages. I write solely for my enjoyment and the readers.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Zero. I make a point of not basing any of my characters on real people. My imagination is far too vivid, I like to create people or angels from scratch.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, definitely not. I hate drawing from real life. I much prefer to delve into my imagination and come up with everything from there.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I know that this is almost a cliché now but Stephen King- On Writing. If you are a writer and reading this, buy it. You will not regret it.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have just finished Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy. Absolutely fantastic from start to finish.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not really a new author but the indie that inspired me was Joanna Penn.
Fiona: What are your current projects?-
I am busy marketing Aubrey for release on the 10th April and then I will be starting the 2nd draft of DART Book 3, which will be available in late 2015.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Grace, although she is made up, in my mind she is entirely real. I spent so long with her that she is practically my best friend.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?- At the moment my writing is a hobby but who knows what will happen.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Luckily for me I have a partner who likes to read my books and tell me everything that is wrong with it. For which I am truly grateful even if I don’t sound it when she is telling me it is rubbish. I don’t have the luxury of making too many mistakes as she wouldn’t let me. If I had to do it all again, I would write more 1st draft material before getting bogged down with editing and changing.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I honestly don’t. I can only assume that it was piqued by an English Teacher as it came about at the age of 13.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Unfortunately most of my current work is still in editing stage as it is book 3 in my Decalogy.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I can procrastinate like there is no tomorrow.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
It would be a toss up between Stephen King and Ken Follett. All of their work is character driven and there are a lot of strong females in both author’s work.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I was getting them designed professionally until I discovered that I have a friend who basically made me stop because he loves doing stuff like that. He designed my covers for all ten books in the series.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Stick at it. No matter how far away the end seems, keep plugging away. Even if 500 words a day is all that you can fit in, by the time you go to bed you are 500 words closer than you were when you woke up
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I used to be very much into Dressage but I have given that up now and writing is my main hobby.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I am binge TV watcher and love US dramas. I have just began watching House of Cards again as there is a new season out and I desperately need to catch up on The Walking Dead.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I’m a fussy eater. Favourite colour is Green, the same colour as the cover for DART book 4.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Nothing, I love my writing and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?- Yes. www.mwrowe.com
I am also on Facebook at M. W. Rowe