About Mark R. Healy:
Mark R. Healy is an author and musician from Brisbane, Australia. From an early age he loved to create, and often assembled his own illustrated books with accompanying stories – and then forced his parents to buy them.
Unfortunately this model was not scalable and Mark now seeks to promote his works to a wider audience.
Mark has also combined his storytelling prowess with music, creating a project called ‘Hibernal’ through which he interweaves original sci-fi stories with his own music to create an immersive theatrical experience for the listener. Combined with a professional voice cast and sound effects, these “audio movies” are available online through iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon under the name ‘Hibernal’.
What inspires you to write?
I have always loved to create, whether it be music, writing, or something in the visual space. I also just love telling stories, and writing novels is obviously a great outlet for that.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a plotter or ‘outliner’. Typically I start by making notes in a document about all sorts of things – characters, plot lines, snippets of dialogue, that sort of thing. I like to have a pretty decent outline for the entire plot before I begin writing. That gives me a good sense of how the characters fit within the story and how they should act, right from the start.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I tend to think constantly about a book while I’m writing it, and that includes listening to what my characters have to say at certain points in the story. I don’t think I’ve ever ‘talked’ to one as such, though. 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is a skill. It’s a craft. Keep working at it and you will improve.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve had a lot of discussions with other authors on these topics, particularly on places such as Kboards, and that was how I eventually came to the decision of self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is definitely the way of the future. It’s very empowering for authors to be able to take control of all aspects of publishing. Obviously it’s a difficult and time consuming job, but at the end of the day you can reap greater rewards.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: science fiction, dystopian, post-apocalyptic
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print