The inspiration for ‘kilrB3 Media & Design’ springs from Mark’s experience in raising the three killer “B’s” … Brandon, Blake, and Brianna.” Along with raising a family, for many years both Mark and his wife Donna have been very active with church youth groups and students from all walks of life.
Mark is currently involved with a College & Career class and has worked with young people, both teens and young adults, for over 20 years. He has held positions ranging from Junior Church programs to Youth Pastor, from school teacher to Athletic Director, and from summer camp to directing youth activities.
What inspires you to write?
Being involved with young people and teenagers keeps me on my toes and their energy fuels the imagination. It has also fueled the desire to do more … something that could reach further.
Tell us about your writing process.
Sticky notes … sticky notes … and more sticky notes …
Those sticky notes end up in a rough outline that grows into a chapter-by-chapter outline.
I tend to be old school and write it out in a notebook that travels with me. Some ideas grow quickly and the outline ends up transferring into MS-Word where the gaps are filled in with dialogue and description. Other ideas are in the notebook for years before they make into digital format.
Every writing advice column, blog, or book I’ve ever read says, “Make time to write everyday.” GREAT ADVICE! I find that when I let it slide, it’s easy to keep on letting it slide.
Oh, and I just found another sticky note in my pocket.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t find myself talking to my characters, but when writing, I do put myself in their position and will often catch myself saying the dialog out loud and talking through a scene. It makes the writing feel more tangible and real.
What advice would you give other writers?
I can’t offer anything new in the way of advice, but the old advice has been the best for me …
– Write something everyday. A sentence usually turns into a paragraph, or a page, or a chapter, or more.
– Write what you know and what moves you. If you don’t it becomes totally mechanical and uninteresting to not only yourself, but the readers … if there are any.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After researching multiple options and talking with a variety of people, the decision basically came down to timing, control, and finances. The idea of traditional publishers taking forever to make decisions and then wanting control of content just didn’t sit well with my “independent” streak. My wife might say my hard headedness, but either way, it didn’t make sense. Combine that with not wanting to sink a lot of cash into stocking inventory of a self-published and printed book, the ebook revolution made complete sense. I suppose that probably fits the description of a lot of ebook writers, but that’s the beauty of living in the technology age.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be a place for traditional print publishing, but the digital revolution is making it interesting. Will it impact prices on print books to bring them down or will it drive them up because of the economies of scale? Will new authors really be “discovered” through ebook publishing or is it just another platform to waste time on?
My suspicion is that like anything else, the cream rises to the top. Digital publishing platforms will give those willing to put the work in and that produce quality an avenue to reach success.
What genres do you write?
Christian, Fiction, Youth Adventure
What formats are your books in?
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