Exclusive Interview with

Mark Rutherford

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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?