Welcome to another of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, scriptwriters, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with poet, short story author and novelist Marc D Brown. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Marc. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Morgen: Not far off me; 2005 to-date, although add those two ages together and you’ve got mine. 🙂 What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date?
Marc: I mainly write poetry and I think that will always be my priority to be honest. I’ve been writing lyrics and poems for years, so the whole writing style flows a little more naturally for me. Currently I have published two collections of poetry ‘Words of Marc D Brown’ & ‘20Seven’ although I do have a few short stories in mind that I’d like to put out there this year and also a novel I’m jotting a lot of ideas down for… I have the beginning and the end, its just the middle I’m struggling with. That’s a work in progress.
Morgen: The middles are always tough – they’re often called the saggy middle, and it’s hard keeping the momentum. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Marc: When I was a teenager again I started to read a bit more, I started with Jay Anson’s – The Amityville Horror then moved on to Dave Pelzer’s – A Child Called ‘It’ and The Lost Boy. I wouldn’t say anything I read as a teenager has shaped me and my writing style. I put my style down to people lyrics from Jim Morrison from The Doors to Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die… oh and a lot of horror movies and the news about what goes on in the world.
Morgen: A bit of everything then. Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Marc: I think I used to write everyday but now if I try to do it, it just feels forced and what goes on to paper or the screen turns out to be naff. With me just getting into story writing it’s a whole jotting ideas down when ever inspiration hits me… sometimes it’s weeks before I get another solid idea which can be a tad frustrating.
Morgen: I’ve been writing a story a day since May 2012 for Story A Day May and 5pm-fiction although I had a break for NaNoWriMo, and I’m taking a break for July and August as I’m concentrating on competitions and magazine / online submissions so I know where you’re coming from (as the saying goes). If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?
Marc: Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain & Frank Sinatra. I probably wouldn’t cook, I think we’d all be happy with a few bottles of whiskey and a carton of cigarettes.
Morgen: 🙂 Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Marc: No, I have quite a busy lifestyle that leaves me and my wife pretty tired when we stop, between full time work, two hyperactive Huskies, writing and blogging I would struggle to fit anything else in.
Morgen: It does sound hectic. Are there any writing-related websites that you find useful?
Morgen: Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Marc: Although I fought the inevitable for a fair while…Twitter! THE BEST networking site EVER!
Morgen: I like it and came across TweetDeck recently which is brilliant because I can set it up (around the automated blog posts) and leave them running for a day or two, then keep topping it up. What are you working on at the moment / next?
Marc: Currently I’m working on a 3rd collection of poetry, a book of short stories and a full-length novel. I am torn though whether to put the poetry collection and short stories together in one book.
Morgen: Personally I don’t read poetry so I’d spend my money on short stories only, but if I like the writer I’d try both. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Marc: The best place would be my blog here: www.wordsofmdbrown.blogspot.co.uk.
Morgen: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
Marc: In July (4th / 5th / 6th) both of my collections of poetry will be free to download… don’t forget!
Morgen: Thank you, Marc.
I then invited Marc to include a sample of his writing…
I bleed myself into you
With no other colours
but a shade of grey and a hint of black.
I poured out every word for you,
Love & hate all the same.
They’re painted black.
I dreamt I died of bitter guilt,
The walls were high and the ground was cold.
As I awoke I breathed out a sigh,
Opened my eyes and the room was black.
I carved into my own chest to give you a gift.
I think you knew what it was.
On a plate & all for you,
But you turned your back.
As I stood with nothing to say
I watched my heart turn black.
A Tale of Two
The lovers lock and intertwine,
in open space and endless time.
Care free, at ease
the bodies bind.
Forever free, soul and mind.
A cross to bear.
A great divide.
Breaks the spirit and bruises life.
Young and inspired by the heart’s desire.
Roam wild, free and infinite
as this love will never tire.
Marc D Brown, a 27-year-old Poet & Author from York, UK. Marc started writing poetry when he was around 15 years old after reading ‘The Sick Rose’ by William Blake in an Facebook class at school. Through his teenage years he listened to a lot of rock music and heavy metal, this definitely inspired his style of writing.
Through the teenage years a lot of his work was as expected, quite ‘angsty’ and rebellious. As Marc matured so did his writing style, developing a unique, straight to the point and honest approach that most people will appreciate. Avoiding the risk of sounding like just another ‘pretentious’ poet, Marc D Brown stays true to himself exploring dark and in some cases disturbing subjects such as the poems ‘The Recipient’ which is about an sadomasochistic relationship or ‘The Note’ which delves into the world of depression. That is not to say his books are lacking any positivity or happiness, with poems like ‘A Tale of Two’ & ‘Autumn Leaves’ from An Introduction to Marc D Brown.
With something for everyone’s tastes, Marc D Brown’s work will never disappoint.
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