Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I’m Mark Lumby and I’m 43.
Fiona: Where are you from?
York, England, but now live in Tadcaster, England.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I wasn’t really keen on School, although did enjoy art. English wasn’t my subject either, which is surprising; that all came to me in my late teens when I started writing. After school, I trained to be a signwriter and then went on to be apart of the print and design industry.
I got married to Sonia in 2005. On becoming stepfather to 2 children, we then had 3 further children. The youngest we nickname ‘the beast’. I don’t know why because she’s the sweetest thing (with a little attitude). So yes, I have a big family. And we love our animals, too. There are more pets than people!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Last year, I was published by PS Publishing. It was a horror anthology I was working on (with several other authors) and all the profits were donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity I hold strongly to my heart. I’m compiling volume 2 this years and it’s going really well. Subs are now open to anyone.
My latest book ‘The Debt’ will be released before the summer, so look out for that one!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was around 19 or 20. I liked to create. I’m a dreamer, and in Clive Barkers words, an imagineer. If I’m not typing, I’m jotting down notes, dialogue, scenes, character reference.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
From the start, really. I knew I wanted to write, to create stories. I think the question that I always asked myself, though, was am I a writer or an author. I suppose both, but author seems more established so I coy away from calling myself an author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Star Trek…time travel…space…history. All fascinating stuff. I was never really into horror at the start; I was kind of a sci fi geek. My first book was Science Fiction. Although I say first book, it’s being 20 + years in the making and spreads out into 3 books.
I have plans to release it someday.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I thought I was being clever by giving it a latin title. It was called Deo Volente (God Willing). And then years after when I kept on going back to the book I realised the title was just stupid. So I changed it to The Structure.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I have being told that I have the same writing style as John Saul, although I have never read any of his books so have nothing to compare myself to. I try to write about places where I grew up, things that are familiar to me. And I also try to have subtle crossovers in storylines too make it more interesting.
As for challenging: the only challenging part about writing is having the time to write. I have a big family so they must come first. Writing is second.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Nothing about The Structure is realistic. Its Science fiction Fantasy. But recent books are based on my upbringing. Bag of Buttons was based inside a park where I used to play. Rats in the Loft was by parents house. The Good Father was based on a step father roll, which I am. I’m writing a book called The Room Underneath. That too is based inside my childhood house. I like to place bits of my past in there to give atmosphere.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
There’s no travel involved. I have an idea. It always starts off a short story and then I go from there.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I do. Although a couple I have had Tomislav Tikulin design my anthology covers. It was an honour having him on board since his works are linked to Stephen King.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not in the first novel, but the ones after…yes. I always throw a message in there. It can be very subtle, but it’s there.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Lee McGeorge, Matt Hickman and Vincent V Cava.
My favourite writer? Who can pick that one? There are several with totally different styles. My favourites would be a list. They’d include Campbell, Ketchum, Masterton. I also like Richard Chizmar too. And of course, King is on that list too!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I cannot say that they supported me, but I was inspired by 2 other author. Graham Masterton had read Most of Me and advised on area. He was a real help. And the late Iain Banks. I talked with him many years ago after reading Wasps. He was a funny man and true inspiration.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’d hope so, one day. It’s something a want to do, so lets see.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m waiting for my latest book to come back from its edits, but I already know that the start of the chapter will be different.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned how to write a little more extreme without getting vulgar.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I think Jason Clarke (terminator) would be a good fit.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
If you’re getting into it for the money, forget it. Indie writing is hard. Do it because you want to entertain.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Read my book, leave a review, be kind!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The nameless by Ramsey Campbell
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Dallas Mayr. He was in my last anthology and is in the new one. I spoke with him many times, just not face to face. He was old style in every way; didn’t even have a camera on his mobile! Yeah, I would have like to get to know him more.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Designated Survivor, Game of Thrones. I tend to watch stuff with my wife, romcom, action, and she isn’t into horror. Her soul is pure…haha. I have to find the time to watch horror films.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Mexican, Italian foods. I like all colours. I like any music, but my favourite is trance.
I’m listening to Noel Gallagher at the moment.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
It would be terrible! I think if I didn’t write, I’d have to use my hands to create something, sculpt or draw or both.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
That’s simple. Spend as much time with my family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I’d be cremated.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My blog page is marklumbyblog.wordpress.com
My Facebook author page is www.facebook.com/MarkLumby1/
Amazon Author page www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01E7QC9JM