Interview with author Mark Carver

It’s called Reciprocity.

Mark Carver headshot

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an American currently living in China with my wife and son. I teach English classes at a Chinese university. My interests include art, tattoos, heavy metal, cathedrals, a cold beer, and of course, reading and writing.

Tell us about your writing. What genre(s) do you specialize in?

I’ve been writing stories of all kinds since I was a little kid, but I’ve always been drawn to sci-fi, action/adventure, and horror. I like to infuse all the elements that I enjoy reading into my own writing. I’m a sucker for intense dramatic atmosphere and melodrama, and I try to make my writing moody and engrossing. My first book, The Age of Apollyon, came out last fall, and it’s the first book in a trilogy about what could happen after Satan reveals himself to the world.

The Age of Apollyon cover

Who are your favorite authors?

I pretty much only read classics. I rarely pick up a book that is less than one hundred years old, though I do enjoy some modern authors. Anything from the Gothic, American Romantic, and Victorian eras suit me just fine, but I also enjoy intense psychological stories, regardless of genre or era. Lord of the Flies by William Golding is my favorite book.

What inspires you to write?

I like writing what I would want to read. I get most of my inspiration from music and movies. I am a very visual writer and I try to replicate what I see in my mind through words. I listen to a lot of bombastic music like death and doom metal, and this helps put me in the mood to write. I love action movies that are explosive and over-the-top, so I seek to combine rip-roaring action with atmospheric creepiness. Of course, when I write in other genres, my inspiration changes as well.

Describe your writing process.

The time of day doesn’t matter, but I prefer to be alone, either at home or in my office. However, living in China and raising a toddler has enabled me to function without peace and quiet, so I can pretty much write anywhere and anytime. I usually listen to heavy metal music when I write. I find my best bursts of creativity happen after I’ve watched a TV program or movie.

Any upcoming projects?

Black Sun cover

Black Sun, the sequel to The Age of Apollyon, will be released in just a few weeks. I’m working on a new book now that is not part of the trilogy and is completely different from what I’ve written before. It’s called Indelible, and it’s a story about a man who designs fantasy weapons. He makes a drastic but seemingly insignificant choice in his life, but it changes everything in a big way. There’s nothing supernatural or fantastic, but it’s still a pretty intense story about how people perceive themselves and others around them. I have a few more ideas in my head that are just waiting to pop out. I’m pretty good about keeping a steady writing rhythm, so I hope to crank out at least one book a year.

Where can we find you online?

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Mark Carver
Foreign Lecturer
Xiamen University TKK College

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