MY INTERVIEW WITH TERRY MARCHION!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Terry Marchion and I write MG/YA sci-fi adventures.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My series is called: The Adventures of Tremain & Christopher – I wanted to create a series of books that I would have loved reading as a kid – kind of like the old serials that you used to see on TV way back when.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I am/was the TV generation! LOL I would watch every sci-fi show I could when I was a kid – my grandfather and I would watch Lost in Space, Star Trek, Buck Rodgers, Flash Gordon, and whatever else I could, and that continued on into college when I discovered Doctor Who, and of course, Star Trek: The Next Generation – those shows really influenced me when it came time to write this series.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Research? What’s that? No, seriously, my books take place on a colony planet, so really there wasn’t much research to do – just a lot of imagining.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Sure! The books follow Tremain and his nephew Christopher as they go on some wild adventures – sometimes they’re Tremain’s fault, as an experiment goes wonky, or they’re caused by some outside influence, but there’s always some humor and some science involved, so I hope anyone who reads the books learns something too.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
My latest! LOL — The Misplaced Mentor has just been released
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have a very busy day-job in an embroidery/screen printing business, so my writing life isn’t very scheduled. I try to put in a couple of hours on the weekend, but during the week, I either get up stupid early to write or get something done before bed. I don’t hold myself to writing goals, since I’m of the mind that anything written is good. As long as words are getting down on paper.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
My latest Adventure is called: The Misplaced Mentor – just out on the 13th
Where do your ideas come from?
It’s funny – I wrote the very first version of what would become the first book of the series when I was 18 (a looooooooong time ago) – so that one benefitted from many years of thinking about it. The others in the series have either come from dreams, or seemed a logical step after the events of previous adventures. To be honest, I don’t know any creative who knows exactly where their inspiration comes from. Let’s just be thankful that it does happen!
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’ve wanted to try a fantasy series, but mostly, I’ve stuck with Sci-fi.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part has definitely been getting my tush in the seat to write! I procrastinate too much. When I do sit down to write, it seems like all my ideas leave me. Go figure. But once I actually get into the actual writing, it all seems to go smoother. I suppose the more I get into a daily habit, the entire process will be smoother.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Having four books out there now. I’ve had great feedback, but the best so far has been my co-worker’s son, who has come back to me with some great questions. He must like the story!!
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Seeing your hard work in print. That’s always a thrill
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
That’s a tough question! To be totally honest, I’d like to see myself comfortably writing full time, with a good number of books out there and a faithful following. It’s a dream. LOL
Have you always liked to write?
Always. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been making up stories in one form or another.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
It’s never too late to start. Don’t worry about being perfect – just get it down. You will always be able to revise and improve. And the biggest thing I’ve learned is that there is always something more to learn!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
What I’m doing right now for my day job – being the art monkey for my little embroidery/screen printing business.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read each and every one. I love hearing what others think of my work, including the bad reviews. I don’t respond to any of them, but I do take them all into consideration. If I do get a bad review (and who hasn’t?), I try to look at my work from their point of view and see if there’s anything I can do differently in the future . . . you can’t please everyone, but dammit, I can sure try.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
My least favorite is definitely the marketing. I’m a creative person, and marketing doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m learning every day how to do that better.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently outlining my fifth adventure for Tremain & Christopher – no title yet, but it’s going to be a fun one!
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I’ve always been a sci-fi fan, so it was just natural to me to write in this genre. I’ve also read a lot of fantasy, but that doesn’t seem to come as easy for me.
Where did your love of books come from?
I’ve always been a reader, so I’d have to say it comes from my parents, who encouraged me to read everything I could.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Growing up, I was a huge fan of Piers Anthony and Tolkein. In my adult-hood, I’ve discovered Scott Sigler, Steven Saylor, Mark Dawson, Joanna Penn, among others – it’s an eclectic bunch, but I like reading in different genres.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Tremain & Christopher are both my favorites as they each contain a bit of me in them. Christopher was me when I was younger, shy and unsure a lot of the time. Tremain is my alter-ego LOL – a genius know-it-all, who seems to have an answer for most problems.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energizes me. Totally.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Insecurity. There was a point where I didn’t think I was good enough to do this anymore. I fought through it, had some very good chats with fellow authors and overcame it. But it’s always there.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I want to write what I want to write. I’ve never done any market research. The way I see it, if it’s good, people will read it. The problem with writing to market is you see a bunch of the same stuff out there at once. What if JK Rowling wrote to market? Or Douglas Adams?
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m friends with a few fellow indie authors. We make a point to encourage each other, read each other’s work, and generally push each other to do better.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I’m most active on facebook: www.facebook.com/terrymarchionauthor
Join my street team and help me launch books: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1284231868311383
If anyone wants sneak peeks and sample chapters, they can subscribe on my website: www.terrymarchion.com
I’m on twitter the least: @terrymarchion
I’m on Instagram: TerryM66
I respond to everyone, so have fun and let’s have a chat!
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank YOU for having me! It’s been fun!