Hi! My name is Mark Cushen, and I’m a 33-year-old soon-to-be self-published writer from Scotland. I’ve been writing in some capacity since I was I was ten-years-old, when I wrote my very own Goosebumps stories, which I was obsessed with as a child. Nowadays, though, I write my own original tales. I have loved the […]
This is an interview from 12/15/17 where I had a good time with host S. Evan Townsend. Just click the link below to listen to the show anytime:
The post for Fun Friday is a day early to remind everyone that I’m being interviewed tomorrow, 12/15/2017. The appearance is on Speculative Fiction Cantina hosted by S. Evan Townsend. The show is an hour long and is hosted live on Blog Talk Radio. Here is the time for the show based on time zones (the show will also be available for replay and I’ll post the link within a day or so of the interview):
If you have time, please join us live. Also on the show will be Dana Pratola, another speculative fiction author. Evan will be interviewing both myself and Dana about our newer books but my focus will mainly be about An Arrow Against the Wind. Each author will read an excerpt during the show. Find out more about the show or my book by clicking either the links or the graphics. Click my “About the Author” graphic below to find out more about me.
Hello from rainy central Alabama. It’s been busy since I last wrote an update but that’s good!
The mower deck repairs were completed just in time to mow the yard before the current weather arrived. The grass was really high and thick but the mower performed very well. We’ve had rain most every day so getting the yard done was timely. In case you’ve missed the weather reports, Tropical Storm Cindy is landing in the gulf which brings rain to central Alabama both before and after landfall. Rain will continue throughout the rest of the week. Thankfully, we were able to purchase a new cover for the mower to protect the old mower deck. Otherwise, I’ve completed all the small maintenance tasks on the mower. This thing has really taken a lot of my time!
Our new edition to the family, the kitten named Minou, had a new round of standard shots last Friday. By Monday, he had developed a reaction to the shots with a fever. He slept all day but did eat and drink though which was good. He’s slowly bouncing back to his energetic ways after his fever broke Tuesday night.
One of the dogs likes to get on my daughter’s bed when it thunders which she did while Minou was feeling ill. The cat got up and laid down right next to the dog and she didn’t know what to do about that. The Dog let it ride and got comfortable until her dinner-time arrived. It was quite humorous to see the dog’s confused reaction to the cat sleeping so closely with her.
At any rate, I continue working on The White Arrow though I’m progressing a little slower than I’ve planned. However, I do intend to finish the rough draft very soon and begin all the marketing and editing phases during July and August.
I did come up with what I think is a good cover idea for The White Arrow. I emailed my artist and he likes it too. I’m working with him now to complete the cover so maybe it will be here next week at which time I’ll schedule a cover reveal. However, it may have a few versions with differing color-schemes so I may have time for a quick survey for response on which version is best.
I’m also working on scheduling an online event for An Arrow Against the Wind right at the end of the month. I haven’t decided where I’ll host it yet but I do plan on a few giveaways, fielding questions and even offering some digital autographs (using Authorgraph) for anyone attending the event. If it goes well, I’ll schedule a few more over the next several months.
I’m working on a few other online appearances as I have time so check my News page for more about those as well as the online events I’m scheduling. Additionally, a few opportunities may come my way that I’ll announce on that page too. I may land an interview with a local radio station which sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t know if it will work out just yet but the thought of it is exciting. Also, I might land an interview on a local, independent bookstore website. Again, nothing final on it but the opportunity would be nice.
That’s all for today! Thanks for reading and please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section. I’ll respond as soon as I can.