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01 April 2011

Welcome special guest: author Mark Alders

Today we have m/m romance author, Mark Alders, visiting. As Mark says, "I live in a house. This house has a street in front of it which is a good thing because if it didn't I wouldn't be able to drive down to the shop and purchase the chocolate I need on a daily basis *giggle* Seriously, I am a mild mannered post office worker by day and an erotic romance writer (mainly male/male) at night. Not much else to say other than, like everyone else, I have bills to pay, a mortgage and family that I love and drive me crazy all at the same time. Oh, and I have a dog, too! See? Average Joe...except when I get down and write...then I let my imagination go to places I never knew existed and my characters invade my mind."

* When did you attempt your first story? What length was it? What's become of it?

My first story was written in 1847…lol (seriously I think it was an eternity ago) It was a Lord of the Rings rip-off. Pretty much word for word, except I changed characters names. Frodo became Eric…Gandalf became Morgan etc, etc. I still have it and give myself the shudders every time I attempt to read it. It's good for the ego to see how far I have come to look at it. Phew, glad I am no longer writing like that! Lordy! It was about seven million words in length, too! Just to prove that I can write crap in large quantities. It now sits on the bottom of my book case, stopping it from tipping over by adding weight to the bottom because the rest of it is crammed with books and stuff…and more books…and more books.

* How many stories did you complete before you sold your first?

Oh dear Lord! How long is a stick? Well, I think I wrote for years and years, having limited success in small online publications, but other than that, nothing happened until late 2009 when eXtasy took my first book and gave it a home.

* What genre(s) do you write in? What drew you to write in it/them? What's your favorite genre of all to write in?

I write in sci-fi and fantasy genres with a m/m erotica flavor. What drew me to them? Well, who wouldn't like to read about hot men in outer space! Tell me.

* What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?

Keep writing…worst advice, keep writing…seriously I have a love/hate relationship with my muse. She wants me to write when I don't and vice-versa! The bitch!

* How do you celebrate/deal with acceptance/rejection letters?

I always celebrate an acceptance with some chocolate and champagne, never worry about a rejection.

* In regard to the book you're promoting, which actor and actress do you envision playing the roles of your hero and heroine? If there's a villain or other characters who are pertinent to the story, who would play those parts?

I don't really watch much TV or movies, so it's hard to say. I don't really have movie stars in my head when thinking of characters. My characters are more like parts or me mixed in with people I know in real life. Far more interesting.

* Is it a stand-alone story or part of a series? What sparked the idea for the story/series? If it's part of a series, please list the order the books need to be read in for maximum reading enjoyment.

The current book I am promoting is The Soldier. It is part two of a three part series about a human who becomes a nourisher to an alien spider. What sparked the idea? My complete and utter fear of spiders. I hate them with a passion and turn into a big girl whenever one is in the room. Seriously, have you seen a grown man scream? Put a spider in the room with me and wait two seconds!

*** Now for some fun info… ***
* What's your favorite color?


* What's your favorite ice cream flavor?

All ice cream. Any flavor. Any time. Anywhere!

* Are you a cat, dog or both kind of person?

Dog. Definitely a dog! Love my little doggie, coco!

* Would you/have you own(ed) a snake or some other exotic pet?

No effing way to a snake, mouse, rat, spider, whatever. I will stick to a dog. At least I can admire an animal who can lick his own balls.

* Which do you prefer: rain or sun & warm weather or cold weather?

I am a cold weather person. I like to snuggle by the fire and read :)

* Are you a morning person or night owl?

Night owl. Get me up before 7.00am and I am a grumbly bumbly bear!

* What's your favorite day of the week?

Friday. Always nice to have the weekend to look forward to.

* What's your favorite number?

14 (my birthday number)

* If you could live anywhere in the universe, where would it be and why?

On Uranus…LOL Only joking…I would love to SEE the planets, but I think where I am is just fine. Right amount of oxygen and all…

* If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?

Computer, Wi-fi, running water, hot water, toilet.
*** About his book… ***
I am currently promoting, The Soldier, it can be bought here:
Here is the blurb:
Drake Glauco, now a successful nourisher and happily joined to Vernon, comes to realise it's time for a Priaxian/human alliance to come to fruition. The joy he had experienced too great for it to not be used to benefit mankind. The mutual need too important. With each passing day, Drake and Vernon's symbiotic relationship grows just as much as the hatchlings inside the egg the Priaxian carries as the hope of his species.
But trouble stirs in the dark places of the galaxy. A once sleeping giant, an enigmatic race known as the Herdsmen, stirs. Their awakening brought about by many events, including trespassing into their territory. The result of them becoming known is devastating for all the sentient species, especially for humans. The Herdsmen have developed a taste for mankind's flesh.
Can Drake and Vernon negotiate an agreement with the Herdsmen before it's too late? Offer some alternative to the slaughter that will result if they enter human space. Or will their plans to dominate the galaxy obliterate all in their path, including their allies?
All hope once more falls on Drake...and a mysterious Priaxian soldier who communicates to him in his dreams.

***Find Mark here***

Thank you for joining us here today, Mark! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your work.

Contest for 'The Soldier,' in PDF format. One week from the posting of this interview, the winner will be picked by the webmaster. Entrant needs to comment on the post with their email so they can be contacted. (or email with it) :) Pretty simple, really. Mark will send the copy of the book when the winner sends him an email on


Jen said...

You rock Mark!!!

Emanuela said...

Mark, you're the best :)

I love Fridays and guess what, today's Friday!

MsMiz said...

Manu is right - You are the best!!! Loved the interview and it would be a shame if people did not read the Nourisher!

Fridays are my fav as well since I do not work so it is always the start to my 3 day weekend!

Lynn said...

Mark, I can't wait to read this one! Congrats on another release!!

Heather said...

Great interview!! I love Mark and his work!

C.R. Moss said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Glad you enjoyed his interview. :) He's wonderfully talented, isn't he?

Shannan Albright said...

Fantastic interview! Mark you're a heck of a writer!I wish you TONS of sales.

Sylvia said...

Very funny interview, thanks Mark & C!

Laddie said...

I loved this, Mark! Brilliant!

She said...

Nice interview. Made me chuckle. Soldier sounds good.

Gary Burlingame said...

Mark and his work are all amazing! But I want to know if when I come to Melbourne he would go on a Bushwalk with me to You Yangs.

Anonymous said...

Nice interview, Mark! :) Yay you! Looking forward to reading the new series :)

Rie McGaha said...

Hi CR! Hi Mark - nice interview, funny and I have to agree about the ice cream, (as I sat hear reading the interview with a bowl of Chocolate Caramel Almond ice cream in my hand!) :)

Leilani said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Anwho - Love, love Vernon. Hi Mark, great interview.