Welcome to another edition of Author Fridays! Sit back, get comfortable and read about this week's featured author, Mark J. Roberts!
Mark Roberts is the author of "Hawthorne Revelations book I" published by Publish America.
He is forty-one-years-old and lives in Plymouth, Michigan with his wife, Nancy, and step-daughter, Sabrina. "I have always enjoyed playing baseball as well as watching the Detroit Tigers, but my favorite sport to watch is hockey and the Detroit Red Wings," he says.
"I read everyday," he continues, "and some of my favorite authors are Stephen King (love The Dark Tower series), Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Bentley Little, Peter Straub, Robert Jordan and others."
Roberts says that he started writing "Hawthorne Revelations" approximately seventeen or eighteen years ago. He wanted it to be a comic book, but was unable to draw the illustrations, thus he gave up on it for a while. However, the story he wanted to tell always stuck with him. When a friend of his published a book with Publish America, he encouraged Roberts to do the same. "So," Mark says, "I started writing again a couple of years ago and finished the first part of my story."
I always like to ask authors from where do they get their ideas, and to this question, Mark replied, "I used to read comic books pretty regular from childhood till my early twenties, and I came up with the idea of my character. I watch a lot of movies and read and just let my mind wander to come up with ideas. When I get an idea I run with it. The second book in the Hawthorne series has taken on a totally different course after I had another brainstorm on the story."
When I asked him what readers will get from reading his books, Mark told me, "Hopefully readers will just be entertained. I'm not the greatest writer on the planet, and I never will claim to be. I just hope I can tell a good and entertaining story and let people escape from their everyday lives for a while."
"So Mark, what advice would you give to someone who wishes to become a published author?"
""I would tell anyone trying to write to just keep writing. I find the more I write the better I become, and I think this will be true for anyone. I gave up on my story for almost two decades, but a friend inspired me, and I now have a book published."
"And, is there anything else that you would like to share with us?"
"I am currently working on my second Hawthorne book titled "Hawthorne The Return". I am also working on a children's (or a book for the entire family) called "Feline Justice Team". This book deals with a family of cats who accidentally acquire super powers and decide to use their powers to fight crime in their small suburban town. Thanks for your time and you can visit me at www.markjroberts.com
Thank you for joining me for this week's edition of Author Fridays! Be sure to come back next week, same time, same place to read about our next featured author, Christian poetry writer, Linda Sallee!