Today I’m fortunate to present Terry Marchion author of The Wrath of the Revenant.
Hi Terry, thanks for agreeing to this interview.
Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?
I live in the Pacific Northwest, in the Seattle area. It’s great because we have a little bit of everything up here – city life and culture, but just a few minutes away you can be in the middle of nowhere.
Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?
For me, it’s relatable characters. The situations can stretch the bounds of believability (as they should), but if the characters aren’t “real”, then it won’t grab the reader.
Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?
It was my love of serial tv (now I’m dating myself). I used to watch the old Flash Gordon and Buck Rodgers serials with my grandfather, as well as Star Trek and Lost in Space. These shows inspired the types of stories I started to write as a kid, which grew into what would become Tremain and Christopher.
Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Work Schedule? What’s that? LOL. I have a day job too, which demands a lot of my time. So I write when I can. I usually have a notebook with me so I can write down ideas as they occur to me – then I try to get as much done on the weekends as is possible. I’m still working on forming a regular schedule for writing. I hasn’t yet happened, but it’ll come around.
Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m not sure I have one yet. I’ll work on it!!!
Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.
It’s the third “episode” in my series “The Adventures of Tremain & Christopher”, called “The Wrath of the Revenant”, now available. It’s a YA science fiction adventure. This one was a lot of fun to write – I hope it’s as much fun to read!
Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
That the characters have grown lives of their own. They have always been real people in my head, but on the page, as I mold the stories, they really come alive. I think that’s the trick – to let them tell you their stories and you just become the conduit . . . Well, that and I massively underwrite. LOL
Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?
“Tremain, this is my . . . father.” She said, indicating the metallic figure.
Tremain cleared his throat, his momentary surprise forgotten.
“He’s seen better days, I would imagine.” He walked over to the figure, examining it from all angles, the silver oval following his every movement. The voice again seemed to come from every point of the compass.
“You do not fear me?”
“I do.” Christopher mouthed, hand in the air.
Tremain paused, glancing over to Christopher, whose eyes were wide as saucers, then back up to the featureless ovular head.
“That would, more than likely, be expected, yes.” He said, continuing his visual examination. “But, as I’ve always maintained, fear is a response to something we don’t understand.” He stood, running his hand through his hair. “I choose the latter.” He came full circle around the figure and paused, placing his hand on his chin and looking up at something on the ceiling, “or is it former? I never could get a hang on those. I’m a scientist, not an English major.” He shrugged.
“And do you understand?” Came the voice.
Tremain’s gaze shifted so he was staring hard into the ovular face.
“Latter. Definitely the latter.” He whirled around to face Alice. “And understanding is far from what I feel right now, so no, at least not yet. I need more information. Alice,” he walked back to the table, where Christopher was still stunned silent, mid chew. “What happened to your father to put him in this state? Not only that, but what sort of technology exists to put a human mind into a . . . a . . .” Tremain snapped his fingers as he struggled to find the correct word. “An automaton?”
“Tremain, there’s something you should know . . .” Alice started.
“She has no information for you. She is nothing but a construct.” Interrupted the voice.
Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?
I have more adventures for Tremain and Christopher, that’s for sure – I have at least the beginning of the outline started (in my head) for the next book.
Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I would have to say it was buying the first cover. I didn’t want to give it a shot myself as I had no idea what went into a book cover. After I realized that first cover wasn’t optimal, I started playing and re-designed that one to something that I felt was more in-tune with the tone of the book, then I did the second cover myself. The cover for my latest book I actually had done from a designer that did a phenomenal job – but without that very first cover, I wouldn’t have known where to even start.
Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
I’m always open to read email: Info@terrymarchion.com