Welcome to the latest edition of AudioTim, where I get to ask self-published success story, Mark Tufo about his stories and writing career. I will be giving away his latest novel, Callis Rose. All you have to do to enter is share some love on Twitter or Facebook, including my handle @timothycward, or tagging me Tim Ward, on Facebook, with a link to this post. Deadline to enter is one week from Monday, so before February 18.
Highlights of our discussion:
15 – Have you gotten sick of zombies yet?
17 – Discussing Brian Ruckley’s blog post, “Why I Stopped Reading The Walking Dead.”
18:30 – Whereas The Walking Dead seems to focus on upping the stakes of its theme of hopelessness, what is your focus in writing horror?
24:20 – How Mark started taking writing seriously.
28 – How does Mark balance writing with the mental exhaustion involved?
29:10 – Daily wordcount goal?
31:30 – What drives you to write? What’s your goal?
34 – Marketing strategy? Why do you think so many people like your stories?
40 – Beta readers or professional editor first?
41 – How has Mark improved through his drafts?
49 – What’s going on at Mark’s blog:
>> Dec. 21, Mayan Prophecy reaches Mark’s backyard.
>> Ghost story with Mike Talbot on his blog last Halloween.
51:30 – Is there a crossover in Mark’s series since he uses Mike Talbot in many of them? Is there a reading order?
Besides my giveaway for Callis Rose, Mark has his own giveaway for The Spirit Clearing at Goodreads.
Callis Rose Giveaway Details
* Tweet or Mention on Facebook: my handle and the link to this post (@timothycward on Twitter; Tim Ward on Facebook). Follow and friend me if you like, I only reject spammers, and I keep politics and religion off my social media.
* Deadline is Feb. 18
* Giveaway is for US Kindle version of Callis Rose. I’ll give the winner 48 hours to respond before choosing another. I reserve the right to void an entry if I believe that person is a spammer.
* After a lot of love from new likers on my Facebook page, all new likers earn an entry. Old likers (those who liked before this giveaway) need only comment on my page to be entered. I’ll count comments here as well. I just love meeting my audience.
Upcoming AudioTim Schedule:
I could give you another Worldcon/Chicon panel in two weeks, but I’d like to do a panel with some Horror authors. Bonus entry: comment below a topic suggestion you’d like to hear horror authors talking about, and feel free to mention an author you’d like included. If they’re half as cool as Mark Tufo, they’ll accept my invitation.
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