I’d like to welcome author Mark Henwick to the blog today. He’s an urban fantasy writer who currently has five full-length novels and several novellas out so far. They are all part of the Bite Back Series, though two novellas are spin-offs. Today, we’ll be focusing on his first book, Sleight of Hand. You can find out more details about it at the end of this post. There is also a giveaway opportunity you don’t want to miss!
Now, on to the interview…
What is your current country of residence? Have you visited other countries?
I live in England, 10 minutes from Windsor, and about 20 minutes south of Heathrow. I was born in Africa and I love travel, so yes, I’ve visited lots of places and hope there are lots more to come. One of my current projects is to visit American states. This year I did the Rockies in a road trip: Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Next year, I’m wondering where/how to go. West coast? East coast? Middle? Road trip, cycling, hiking or Amtrak?
If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?
They’d pay me to do it?
Hold on a minute; I’d need to know which street first. Watling Street in England starts in Wales and finishes on the coast near Dover, so I couldn’t run that, naked or not. But the local main street which is less than 100 yards long? $10,000 a yard? Oh, yes.
What genres of books do you like to read?
I read very widely. Crime, Urban Fantasy, SciFi, History and Thrillers are all well represented in my physical and virtual libraries. I’ll read almost any novel to learn how the author tells their story, and I have some very strange ones in my collection. Even them books they call liter-at-ure.
I have quite a few reference books about the process and method of writing. Some of them I’ve actually read.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Crazy is a state of mind. Not much seemed crazy at the time. However, in hindsight, there are a lot of contenders for this! Giving up the day job to start writing my first book is near the top of the list.
Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.
Game of Thrones is compulsory, of course, because my daughter, Jessica, is Lady Nymeria, one of the Sand Snakes of Dorne. Anything with my daughter – so I will be watching her as Colleen Wing in Iron Fist, the new Netflix Marvel show starting next year.
Other than that… I watch a lot of American shows to tune my ear, given that the books I write are based in America and I live in England. I like shows that develop characters and I like crime shows. Strangely, I find paranormal TV shows usually don’t quite cut it for me.
So… Blue Bloods, NCIS, CSI (the Las Vegas one), True Detective (preferred the first one), Homeland, In Plain Sight, Rookie Blue, Chicago PD, etc. For all of them, I generally find the first few seasons much better, and then they get caught up in a caricature of themselves.
What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?
The power of persuasion, to build society back up. And do it better this time.
What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?
Asian fusion. Spice and variety. Tasting menus, especially with wine.
If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?
Nooooo! I’d much rather not see the events, so I can sit and write about what might have really happened.
What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Lol. Rocky Mountain oysters (hint: not oysters), durian fruit (smells like the toilet, tastes like vanilla ice cream), lamb’s brains, marrow, rotten shark, puffer fish.
If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?
An aeroplane. Seriously, when I learned to drive, it was fun. There is less and less of Europe where driving is even remotely describable as fun these days. Across the pond, or down in Oz / NZ, I guess there’s more scope and it would involve a big, slow turning engine, seats like armchairs and good air-conditioning. Or a fast motorcycle.
What would be your ideal writing retreat?
Somewhere without internet and traffic. In the mountains, by the beach, or in the place I’m actually writing about. With similarly minded friends. Wine, beer and great food a couple of miles walk away. And good weather.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
It varies with mood and weather. Flying my microlight, off-road cycling or walking, and scenic photography are all contenders.
Thanks so much for being here with us today, Mark. I envy you for your world travels, and you’ve managed to visit a couple of states I haven’t yet. As for Rocky Mountain oysters, I’ve always known better than to try those, lol. You should give calf fries a try while you’re at it!
Mark was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often.
An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, he ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified him to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing.
When not working, Mark gets high by the slightly less conventional means of a small microlight aircraft or down and dirty on a mountain bike.
He lives with his family in the south of England, and can often be found in the Rockies.
You can visit him at his website here: henwick.wordpress.com/
His Amazon author page here: www.amazon.com/Mark-Henwick/e/B008SBO5YK/
Or his Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/TheBiteBackSeries/
Mark has been generous enough to offer one of the following books below (winner’s choice) to a randomly chosen person from the comments section. Be sure to leave a comment by Tuesday, October 25th for a chance to get the prize. A winner will be chosen and notified shortly after that by email.
(1) Sleight of Hand
(3) Saigon: The Reach of Lies—the first book in a new companion series which will be published next year. This series will follow a Vietnamese woman, Bian, from her sale as a young girl to a French couple in 1890, to her appearance in the main Bite Back books in 2011.
Companion series books are available as Kindle or ePub.
Sleight of Hand is available as Kindle, ePub or an audiobook.
“This is the gift and the sorrow of the Athanate; to see your loves pass before you like the days of summer while your heart still beats. To keep your vigil in the shadows and rise again with every sun.”
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And all sides want to claim her for their own…