Author Interview: Terry Marchion

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?

Author pictureI 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?

missingyesterdaysIt 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?

Wrath cover“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 can be found on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TerryMarchionAuthor — also on twitter @terrymarchion and on my web page:  www.terrymarchion.com

I’m always open to read email:  Info@terrymarchion.com 

Author Brands Are Important – Part 1

A powerful author brand doesn’t happen by accident, but by design.

– The Book Designer

When my publisher, BHC Press, began working on the research for the cover of The Rite of Wands in spring of 2016, they sent me a questionnaire to get an idea of what I was looking for and to assist them with their design. I had complete faith whatever concept(s) they came up with would be amazing. After all, they at just won a RONE Cover Award for Contemporary Design for their anthology – A Winter’s Romance! I gave them one requirement – put my wand on the cover.

Back in late 2015, I had successfully completed half of what would later become the first novel in The Rite of Wands series. I wanted something to remember everything by, something that would forever remind me of my journey of becoming a published author. It brought me back to the first time I ever attended a Creation convention for one of my favorite movie trilogies – The Lord of The Rings. Members of the cast mentioned what they had “stolen” from the set to keep for themselves. That is the moment I realized what I really was after – the establishment of my brand.

What is a brand?

One has to admit as an indie author, there are multiple challenges on getting your book onto the market. You can’t just publish a book and let it sit on Amazon and hope and pray it becomes a best seller overnight so you can quit your day job.

One of my author friends teased that someday I could find myself in the position like J.K. Rowling, who had recently sold a wooden chair she had sat in while typing Harry Potter for $394,000 at an auction. While it was cool to think about reality is that doesn’t happen for most authors. There are millions of books now on the market, and it’s becoming harder and harder to sell books. As a result, many books are never discovered, and authors are often forced to continue their outside of the home job in order to continue to afford the cost of editing, cover design, and marketing, instead of doing what they want to do – write!

That is where your brand comes in. Your brand is constantly evolving. It helps communicate to the world what makes YOU unique, what you represent, and what readers can expect from you.

So, what makes me unique? It’s not me, my story, my background, or my personality. It’s my wand, and the “magical” story behind it.