About M.R. Darling:
M.R. Darling was born on the eastern seaboard of Canada, moving to the lush mountain air of Calgary in 2006. With a background in music, and creating short, interesting stories, it was a natural inclination to move on to longer prose. Writing many short stories over the years, along with a few aborted attempts at a full length novel, 2015 was the year to push it across the finish line. Requiring ten months to write, A Blue Horizon begins the Ashrealm series and his fulfillment of a lifelong aspiration.
What inspires you to write?
I have always been a creative individual, from a young age I used my hands to build the things in my mind. As I got older, I began to get into music. Learning to play guitar, writing songs and playing in a band. Writing books is an extension to this impulse. I have graphic, visual ideas and I have two choices: Write them down, or forget them. I choose the former.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t outline my stories. I have a broad-stroke understanding of where I am going, but the moment-to-moment is all invented then and there. I keep in mind where I am going, but how I get there can change on a dime. I don’t create a bio for my characters per se, I more place myself into their shoes, and ground their motivations. Once they are established, their actions, and reactions, come easy.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters talk through me. Sometimes I don’t know what they are going to say until it goes from mind to fingers on the keyboard. I have gone back to look at what I’ve wrote on occasion, only to find out something about them that even I didn’t know.
What advice would you give other writers?
Stop looking for a pat on the back, finish the book first. If you need an ego boost, call your mom. Bounce your ideas off of a non-writer for the most honest answers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Amazon self publishing was exactly what I wanted. No one to tell me that my story needed more romance, or a love interest, or vampires because they’re popular. It gave me the freedom to write what I wanted. Without that, what’s the point?
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Electronic is already the future of publishing. You don’t need a brick and mortar store or an agent to get you in there. Readers have shown that they can make up their own mind on what they will read, and that they appreciate a wider menu of options.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: science fiction, horror, apocalyptic
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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