Author Interview: Mark Kasniak

I was lucky enough to host yet another great rising author today! His name is Mark Kasniak!
He's a fantastic writer, and has published three novels!

I was thrilled to read his novel "In the Forest of Light and Dark." I highly recommend it! It was thrilling and fascinating and it was really hard to pull myself away to do my daily norms. Check it out and the other novels!  You can find his novels HERE

"In the Forest of Light and Dark" has received 5.0 out of 5 stars! That's pretty fantastic!

Mark has stopped by to answer some questions! Without further ado . . . 

So Mark, what has inspired you to write? 
Well, I like every other writer out there have a deep love of books, and after reading many, many of them, I had read some great ones, a lot of good ones, and some very poor ones. So, like most people, after reading some of these bad books, I said to myself, “I can do better than this, how did this get published?” So, eventually, I had decided to give writing a shot and I haven’t looked back so far.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? Ha, this is a weird question for me because I’ve written several pieces from a female character’s perspective. But, yeah, I think every character you’ve created is a little piece of you in some way. CG: I totally agree, Mark. I think it's just one of those things we writers experience. 

How has the whole publishing process been for you so far? What advice would you give to new authors who are looking to publish? The publishing process has been a real learning experience for me. I didn’t know anything about it when I first started writing so it’s been a lot of trial and error. As for advice for someone looking to publish, I’d tell them that they should be prepared to put in an awful lot of hours of work for little to no results. This is definitely not a field you want to get into if you’re looking for instant gratification.  

What influences in your life did you use for "In the Forest of Light and Dark”? I like to do a lot of hiking so it was during a camping trip in Letchworth State Park that I came up with the idea for “In the Forest”. Other than that, my main character, Cera, kind of has a bite of sarcasm to her and I believe that’s a lot of my own personality coming out in her.

What is the wallpaper on your computer/cell phone? I hate cell phones! If, I could smash every last one with a hammer I would. But, on my computer I have up a picture of the Senora desert as my background. You know that scene in Vegas Vacation when Clark visits Cousin Eddie in the desert and Eddie comes out of his trailer with a six-pack in his hand acting like he’s a king? I am inspired to be just like that someday, living out in the desert, nobody around, no drama, just watching a tumble weed slowly work its way past me as I sit in a yard chair thinking about what kind of soda I’d like to have.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? Is there anything worse than motivational phrases? If, you want to do something, you do it. If, you don’t, you don’t. Nothing anybody could possibly say will ever trick me into doing their wishes. When people try giving me motivational speeches I just want to slap them.

Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years? In the desert thinking about what kind of soda I’d like. 

If you could have been told one thing that you weren't told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard or known? Not to sound too much like a downer, but there are two things I’ve learned from my time on this planet. 1.) People are lazy, they will always try to get out of work. And, 2.) Everybody is full of it. I don’t care if you’re the president or the pope, you’re full of crap! Everybody has a certain level of pretentiousness about them, it's human nature. So, with that, I’d tell my teenage self that most of life is all a big fat lie, so do what you really want to do, what you love to do, and don’t be pressured into doing what others expect of you. 

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books? Hell, yes! I am absolutely amazed when people leave me a nice review. I sincerely expect every person who ever reads any of my writing to tell me that if I ever write again, they’re going to track me down and break my fingers to save the world from such garbage. I am truly blown away when I find out that someone has taken the time and has put forth the effort into reading something I’ve written. CG: I somehow expect the same thing about my writing too.

So, as this is the last question, what do you hope readers take away when they read your series? I don’t expect readers to take away anything, but if I could have one wish I’d like for people to finish my books and be able to say to themselves, “I’m glad I read this. This was a good story.”

Great! I know I ended your novel thinking "This was a great story," and I'm glad I had the chance to host you in an author interview! Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions! 



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