Studioenp: Silence or noise when writing?
Marvin: For me, I personally prefer stilled silence. But, on rare occasion, in a setting where lively activities are happening, like parks or bookstores, I can deal with it as a mode of inspiration.
Studioenp: Silence all the way here. What’s your latest release?
Marvin: My latest release to date is Meyrick’s Twisted Path to Alpha. A wolf-shifter, looking to find his way in life, for understanding.
Studioenp: This is one of Em’s favourite books. How did the plot come about for it?
Marvin: What can I say… That’s a pretty loaded question, seeing how I had a blessed childhood, with my parents and friends. I did, however, go through a dark time in my development that was out of my control. I had to work with a child psychologist to combat my emotional trauma about things that were done to me by supposedly loving family members. One of the therapies from my doctor was to write… LOL. Anything they said.
So, at nine years old, I started to write, mostly about things that made me feel safe and secure, such as superheroes and so forth. In mid-grade, I developed a character I trusted and wanted to see grown and build a network of friends around her. Hence the birth of Kyra Mathews. Boy, there were many grand adventures I gave her. So, in high school, I started my first real draft of a completed story, called Striking Reflections, over six hundred written pages long, which later I refined into Eve of Dark Horizons during my senior class year of high school. The book laid dormant for some years after that, as I became a musician and computer scientist.
But, a couple of years ago, a fellow friend and author told me I should bring my stories to life for an audience to enjoy and explore, and thus I did. So, Eve of Dark Horizons covers many spectrums of genres: sci-fi, paranormal, romance, drama, mystery, dark fantasy, mythical and Dogma. Shifters, dragons, wizards, super heroes, mad scientist, government conspiracies and then some, are all wrapped in this complex, multi-verse world.
Studioenp: Wow. Sounds amazing! How long did it take you to write Meyrick?
Marvin: It took me three months, and another month of edits.
Studioenp: What’s next on your writing list?
Marvin: LOL. The Chronicles of Magnus: The Immortal Ice Lord. Finding Excalibur. A story of a great all-powerful Crystalline-Ice dragon, who lives in the mortal would as a human, while finding his purpose after his world was destroyed because of man’s existence.
Studioenp: Em is soooo excited! Magnus is her favourite of all your characters. Plotter or panster?
Marvin: Ahh, tricky one! I am in-between. I love to plot and plan my outlines of the stories to be. But, while in the throes of writing, I tend to allow my characters to breathe their own life, even when that takes a detour from my intended destination. I find writing to be most enjoyable that way; sometimes, I don’t see the twist and turns that lie ahead.
Studioenp: What is your go-to form of procrastination?
Marvin: Hmm, I do find procrastination an issue from time to time. I try to avoid it as much as possible. My easy guilt is my niece and nephew. I tend to use them as my scapegoats to my work of proofing and edits. Oh, and Facebook, guilty as sin there. LOL.
Studioenp: LOL. How many hours per week do you write?
Marvin: On average, I sling out about five to six hours per day—writing, editing, or proofing. Most of the time, researching—hint: my guilty pleasure of social media hopping.
Studioenp: What’s one genre you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t—and will you ever write it?
Marvin: A nice chiller that doesn’t border the mundane tropes out there. Maybe in time. I must work on my craft.
Studioenp: What’s the best book you’ve written?
Marvin: All books thus far feel like my best. But at the present, I’m enjoying Meyrick’s storyline. So raw and emotional. But I do fear my true love is going to be Magnus’ story when completed. What can I say, the guy is literally a beast, no pun intended.
Studioenp: LOL. But a wonderful beast. Thank you for being here with us today. We wish you many sales!
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