Exclusive Interview with

Mark Rutherford

Let’s start with your Career as a writer!

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When did you start writing?

I have always liked to write but started on my first novel in 2018

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What makes writing your passion?

I like that it is an enjoyable process that reveals a lot about me, so I guess the challenge of new self discovery is as strong as the satisfaction of writing something for others to enjoy

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How long have you been writing?

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

Hah! Relief. Writing the novel was easy compared to getting it published.

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

The story needed a Dr Strangelove type demented leader of the free world and he had to be opposed by a strong protagonist.

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

Publishing

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

I don’t really have it. I learnt that to write you have to write so if ever I am in doubt I just write. Once I start everything flows.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

A combination of enjoyment and work ethic. If I did not follow a disciplined work pattern I probably would not write as much. That’s the advice I would give. Treat it like an enjoyable job. You have to front up to work every day.

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

Every one. I haven’t had a bad one though I did have a personal meeting with a friend who wouldn’t put a review in writing. Turns out he liked the book but had a lot of constructive criticism which I found very valuable.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

Immense pride that I gave that reader some hours of enjoyment and they felt highly enough to write a review.

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Yes, frequently

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

None and no.

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

I hope not. It is important for marketing but there are many poor books with great covers. I would like to have a good cover that means nothing to the reader once they have read the first chapter.

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

Either is fine but in 2020 and 2021 face to face is rare so a lot is done in writing, messaging and social media.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

Proud, excited, happy and humbled.

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

Not sure I want to be famous. I dream of a novel that is financially successful and provides a launching pad for a series of novels with rusted on readers.

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

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If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?

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What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.

I haven’t met any yet and hope I don’t. They must have poor lives to be like that.

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What would you say to your readers?

Please read and write honest reviews.

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Thank you for sharing! Let’s talk about your Personal Life!

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Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?

Husband of one, father of two, grandfather of five. Lifetime sailor.

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What is your day job if you have one?

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What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

Sailing, volunteering, exercise of body and mind.

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Did you have a happy childhood?

How could a kid growing up in Australia not have a happy childhood?

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Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?

Probably being graded for an essay in High School. I got A for the essay and minus for effort. The teacher thought I wrote a good piece without even trying. His message was imagine what you could do if you tried. My take away was look at what I can achieve with no effort.

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Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?

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What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?

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If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?

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What is your favorite music?

Classical

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Share a secret with us 🙂

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Thank you! We wish you the best of luck for you and your art!