Meet the Author — Terry Mark’s History-Infused Steampunk Fiction

In today’s feature, we introduce you to Terry Mark, a seasoned author with a rich professional background. Terry has dedicated over a decade to the craft of writing, resulting in a journey filled with enthralling tales.

He unveils his approach to blending history and thrilling action, writing inspirations and routines, the evolution of his craft, and more. 

Join us as we embark on a literary journey through his captivating creativity and catch an intriguing glimpse of his current and upcoming projects!

Meet the Author

I love to paint a picture. I write like it’s a movie.” — Terry Mark


Hey Terry! It’s great to have you here. How’s your day going?

My days are usually pretty excellent. A few hours of freelance work, coordinating future conventions or book fairs, and writing. 

Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?

I am a former Presidential Campaign Advisor, as well as a former Webmaster in the NHL. I worked in digital marketing for 15 years before selling my novels.

Tell us about your writing style and the themes you love exploring in your work! What makes these themes so appealing to you?

I pick topics that require research. I am Michener without the information dump. My writing style is Anne Rice mixed with Dan Brown. I love to paint a picture. I write like it’s a movie. And I hate passive verbs. I never use “was.” Not one, in all my books.

Writing Journey

What got you started on your journey as an author? What lit that creative spark and why?

I started writing in 6th grade. I don’t know what sparked it. I just had stories that started running through my head. And I had a teacher who encouraged me to write.

Have you had any memorable interactions with readers that left a mark on you? Why are they special to you?

Every reader who says they enjoyed my book has left a mark.

How has your writing evolved over the years? What valuable lessons have you learned along the way?

I got a Bachelor in Scriptwriting, wanting to write movies. But I wasn’t mature enough to develop characters. I had a “serial killer who kills other serial killers” idea in the 90’s but could never flesh it out enough to make it work. Love Dexter. I eventually got old enough to make a whole story.

It was thrilling to see my art being central to your recent convention booth setup! How did the event go? Could you share any highlights?

The art really makes the presentation of the books so much more vivid. For instance, I conceptualize each one into “Gunslinger Vampire” or “Frankenstein goes to Mexico to open a front,” and it makes an impact on the pitch.

Inspiration and Creative Process

What authors have notably inspired you and influenced your writing? What about these authors and their works stood out to you?

Umberto Eco. Reading some of his passages has literally brought tears to my eyes. I could only aspire to such words. 

Jonathan Maberry writes great characters in  “Die Hard meets Zombies” kind of stories.

James Church writes about a Columbo-style detective in North Korea which is just so great.

I read all of Allen Drury’s work as a young man.

Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies or creative pursuits that inspire your work?

Hiking, photography, walking my dog, a better cup of ice coffee.

What are your go-to methods for finding inspiration? 

Research and reading. 

Writing Routine and Habits

What keeps you motivated and on track with your writing? Are there specific routines or habits that help you? Why do they work for you?

Just setting aside time and a cooperative spouse who clears the calendar.

Could you give us a peek into a typical day in your life as a writer when you’re knee-deep in a project?

Up at 5, bacon and eggs, walk the dog, research until midday, then write until dinnertime.

When it comes to plotting your stories, do you meticulously plan everything out, or do you let the story unfold as you write? How has this method influenced your writing? Why does it work for you?

The story unfolds. No plotting outside of a basic arc. However, I do work for quite a while before I start to write on the perfect elevator pitch. One to two sentences, encapsulating everything. 

For instance, “Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison are in the old west being chased by a Vampire Gunslinger who thinks electricity will KILL THE NIGHT.”

Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles

How do you effectively manage your time to make progress on your projects? Why do these strategies work for you?

I can be a procrastinator. But that is only in knowing that I have given myself more time than I need for a project. 

Research can be a big part of writing, especially for historical or technical subjects. How do you tackle extensive research?

Keep a list of URLs with research I want to go back to. But for the most part, once I come across something useful, it gets incorporated right away.

Over the years, how have the challenges you face in your writing career changed? How do you tackle them now?

Once I got started writing the novels, I didn’t really face any challenge except getting the next one done. It was important that I finish at least three of them before I started marketing.

Current Projects and Future Plans

The Vim Hood Chronicles series is a decade-long endeavor! Can you share some of the highs and lows of such a lengthy creative journey? Why did you choose to embark on it?

I had a good career as a Digital Marketer for that decade. It just became a part of the daily grind. An hour here, an hour there. I didn’t look at it like, “It’ll be years.” Just one foot in front of the other.

Tell us about the inspiration behind The Vim Hood Chronicles. What made you blend history, thrilling action, and classic monsters in your storytelling?

Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Even Bill and Ted is a comedic approach to this. It’s taking a trope, and adding the character study.

Monsters are an integral theme in your series. What drew you to classic monsters? How did you put your unique twist on them in your story?

I was really looking for something that hadn’t been done in a while. I knew Universal was bringing its Monster universe back, but ultimately you just have to put your story out there. If it’s a good time, great. If not, then you take what you learned and start the next series.

Are you working on any project at the moment, or plan to in the near future? What can your readers expect from you?

I am finishing an Origin Novella which will fill in some backstory to The Vim Hood Chronicles. Then I have a futuristic steampunk sci-fi tale to start to tell. The beginnings of this are in Front Range Tales Volume 3 on Amazon, if someone wants to go looking.

Final Thoughts and Closing Remarks

Do not write alone.” — Terry Mark


What do you want your readers to take away from your writing?

I hope they learned something new. I hope they enjoyed my words and it wasn’t just simple reading. 

Is there any advice you’d like to share with your fellow authors?

Do not write alone.

And lastly, what message would you like to convey to your loyal readers who support your work?

If you have bought a book from me personally, please go on Amazon to buy the next one, and leave a review. 

Conclusion

We had the privilege of delving into the fascinating world of Terry Mark, an accomplished author whose dedication to the art of storytelling has spanned over a decade. 

As he continues to work on new projects, including an Origin Novella and a futuristic steampunk sci-fi tale, readers can eagerly anticipate more captivating stories from him.

Stay connected with Terry on his website and Facebook as his literary journey continues to unfold.

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