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Interview with author Mark Henry - Parts & Wreck - November 26, 2013

Please welcome Mark Henry to The Qwillery. Mark's most recent novel is Parts & Wreck, which was published on November 25, 2013.

Interview with author Mark Henry - Parts & Wreck - November 26, 2013

TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery. We've remodeled a bit since you were here last.

Mark:  Thanks! Nice to be back!

TQ:  So... you've written a Paranormal Romance novel. This seems a bit of a departure from your prior adult novels (See Amanda Feral). What appeals to you about PNR? Do you follow the rule about an HEA or HEA for now? How is your PNR different?

Mark:  You know, Amanda had her romantic moments…sort of, but those books really were comedy of manners, or of the ill-mannered. Parts & Wreck definitely follows a similar tone in that it is a comedy, but the romance is at it’s core. I love the weird twists and turns a couple goes through to connect. As for rules, I follow them, for the most part, there’s definitely an HEA-ish in Parts & Wreck. That wasn’t so much of a struggle, because I do like to wrap things up in each book whether it’s a romance or not. I’m already seeing reviews that have declared that Parts & Wreck isn’t like anything else in PNR, and I hope that’s the case. I think there’s room for some weird romance. it’s madcap and crazy and sexy. And I love it.

TQ:  Give us the elevator pitch for Parts & Wreck (Parts Department 1)?

Mark:  A brutish amateur surgeon takes on a potentially volatile assistant for demonic organ transplant removal, hilarious misadventures…and love.

TQ:  The title leads me to believe that someone or something is a wreck. Any hints? Too spoilery? Tell us something about the novel that is not in the book description.

Mark:  The “wreck” in the title refers to the human condition. What I love about my characters is that no matter how crazy they are, they are smart and can deliver some really intelligent insights about what connects us all as people. They’re not sappy, they’re real and I can’t think of anything sexier.

TQ:  Since there is a series title - Parts Department - can we expect additional novels in the series?

Mark:  Yes. I’m working on the proposal for the second book, Cold Hands, Warm Parts, which will tell Polly’s story. I love taking seemingly unredeemable characters and turning them around and Polly’s smarmy gossip reporter is begging for a makeover!

TQ:  What else are you working on and what's next?

Mark:  By popular demand, I’m returning to the horribly insensitive world of my zombie socialite, Amanda Feral for a trilogy of novellas. The first, Beach Blanket Bloodbath is coming next month. I’ll be indie publishing those. And I’m working on two separate young adult projects. I hope to have news on the new Parts Department novel soon!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery!

Parts & Wreck

Parts & Wreck
Parts Department 1
Entangles Covet, November 25, 2013
eBook,  200 pages

Interview with author Mark Henry - Parts & Wreck - November 26, 2013
Wade Crowson, a brutish and brooding playboy and veteran vivisectionist for the Parts Department, runs into more than he bargained for in new partner, Lucid Montgomery, a quirky beauty with a bizarre secret and a string of psychiatric diagnoses she tries hard to keep hidden. Loving Luce will stamp a demonic target on her back and thrust Wade into a frenzied whirlwind of hilarious misunderstandings and, quite possibly, a stripping gig for emptynesters. Can they withstand the savagery of an exorcism (with or without the split pea soup) and come out alive and …in love?

Note: Parts & Wreck is on sale for $0.99 until November 30, 2013!

About Mark

Interview with author Mark Henry - Parts & Wreck - November 26, 2013
Mark Hnery traded a career as a counselor to scar minds with his fiction. In stories clogged with sentient zombies, impotent sex demons, transsexual werewolves and ghostly goth girls, he irreverently processes traumatic issues brought on by premature exposure to horror movies, an unwholesome fetish for polyester and/or witnessing adult cocktail parties in the swingin' 70s. A developmental history further muddied by surviving earthquakes, typhoons, and two volcanic eruptions. He somehow continues to live and breathe in the oft maligned, yet not nearly as soggy as you’d think, Pacific Northwest, with his wife and four furry monsters that think they’re children and have a complete disregard for carpet.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Youtube  ~  Pinterest
Twitter @mark_henry

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Mark Henry / Daniel Marks

Please welcome Mark Henry / Daniel Marks to The Qwillery's as part of the Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Mark Henry / Daniel Marks

TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

DM:   I was always a big reader. Horror, mostly, even as a young child, but I'd never really held any aspirations of being a writer. Lots of other jobs, yes. I quite wanted to be an architect and a professional chef, but settled ultimately on psychotherapy. I worked in crisis intervention and child and family therapy for twelve years, which is probably ten years longer than anyone in their right mind should. During that time, an already dark sense of humor turned absolutely necrotic and when it was time to call it quits, I wasn't fit for anything else but writing.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

DM:  Staying focused. I'm highly distractible and nowadays, as authors have more and more promotional responsibilities, I'm able to rationalize my lazy writing habits as necessity. So. Bad.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

DM:  Resiliency. It's funny, because that's the first thing that came to me when I read this question but it's so true. When my adult urban fantasy series tanked and I was floating out there without a contract and looking at writing a book on spec, that was a real turning point. I was wounded and not in a good place and it probably would have been easier to just start job hunting and give up on writing altogether. But I didn't, I buckled down and wrote something that I'm exceptionally proud of and then we sold it to one of the big guys. I was ecstatic. Broke, but ecstatic.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

DM:  My words are pretty dark and my humor is even darker, but it's smart and I cram as many pop culture references as I can onto every page. I know most of them will fly right over people's heads, but it's the way I think and I can't change that. So readers, prepare for the possibility of some mixed emotions. You may laugh and immediately be ashamed of yourself. You may be expecting a laugh and I'll throw you into a pit of horrors. I guess you never know what to expect.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

DM:  My first young adult fantasy novel as Daniel Marks, VELVETEEN, comes out on October 9th of this year from Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books. It's about the victim of a madman named Bonesaw who winds up in purgatory, finds a way to slip back into the world of the living with one goal in mind: haunting her killer to death. But distractions abound. Ghostly revolutionaries are plotting mayhem across the veil, shadow creatures are terrorizing the crumbling tenements of her district and if that weren't bad enough she has a new and unreasonably hot coworker that she's not allowed to touch. Velveteen is a dark and irreverent fantasy that drifts into all out horror when you least expect it. I'm thrilled for people to read it!!!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

DM: No! Thank you, so excited to be here!

About Velveteen

Delacorte Books for Young Readers, October 9, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Mark Henry / Daniel Marks
Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven. It's gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what's really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It'll be brutal . . . and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen's obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she's willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can't help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her. 

The Amanda Feral Series by Mark Henry

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Mark Henry / Daniel Marks
Originally released in Trade Paperback, the Amanda Feral series is now available in Mass Market Paperback too! Check it out at Kensington.

About Mark / Daniel

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Mark Henry / Daniel Marks
Mark Henry writes adult urban fantasy, screenplays and young adult horror. He spends way too much time glued to the internets and collects books obsessively (occasionally reading them). He’s been a psychotherapist for children and adolescents, a Halloween store manager, and has survived earthquakes, volcanoes and typhoons to get where he is today, which is to say, in his messy office surrounded by half empty coffee cups. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Caroline, and three furry monsters with no regard for quality carpeting. His debut young adult novel (as Daniel Marks) VELVETEEN is coming on October 9th from Delacorte/Random House Childrens Books.

Daniel's Website

Mark's Website

The View From Monday - May 7, 2012

Happy Monday! Don't forget to vote for your favorite cover in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for May 2012. Go here to vote in the poll.

This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Bronwyn Green.

Tuesday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Mark Henry.

Wednesday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Abigail Barnette.

Thursday - Interview with K.E. MillsWizard Undercover (Rogue Agent 4) was published on May 1, 2012.

Friday -  Guest Blog by Diane AlbertsDivinely Ruined (Divine Temptations Trilogy 1) was published on April 25, 2012,

Saturday -  Guest Blog by A.M. Dellamonica. Blue Magic (Indigo Springs 2) was published on April 10, 2012.

Sunday -Guest Blog by Lisa Renee Jones. The Danger that is Damion (Zodius 3) was published on May 1, 2012.

It's a light release week, which is good after the last couple of weeks.

May 8, 2012
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (ri)
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Philip Jose FarmerSF - Wold Newton
Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Outtake (e)
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Laurell K. HamiltonUF - Anita Blake
The Eye of the World (ri)
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Robert JordanF - Wheel of Time 1
V Wars
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Jonathan MaberryH - Short Stories
The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Walter MosleyUF
Rollback (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Robert J. SawyerSF
The Sunless Countries (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Karl SchroederSF
The Slab
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Karen TravissSF - Gears of War 5
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (eds)F - Anthology

May 10, 2012
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Edogawa RampoH - Collection
The View From Monday - May 7, 2012
Beatriz WilliamsTTR

e- eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
SF - Science Fiction
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

Save Amanda Feral !!!

And the winners are.....
Irwirum/Larena and Jacabur2008!

Please send your snail mail address to The Qwillery at theqwillery aht gmail daht com so that The Qwillery can send you a MMPB of Happy Hour of the Damned and a cute Zombie Devil Duckie!  Thank you to everyone!

Remember -- Battle of the Network Zombies is out today.

As part of the Save Amanda Feral movement, The Qwillery invited some of Mark Henry’s peers to blurb about him or the Amanda Feral series. Some were entirely speechless, others not so much:

"Mark Henry is a loveable, incorrigible scoundrel who tells the best damn stories about the worst damn people. His vampires, werewolves, zombies, and demons are fundamentally horrible, yet you root for them anyway -- which is truly the mark of a master, in my not-so-humble opinion. The Amanda Feral books are much, much funnier than hell."  ~ Cherie Priest

"If picking best friends from the dead were a team sport, and I was the captain (of course I'd be the captain)--I'd choose Amanda Feral to be on my team. She's like my fashion savvy, fabulous, designer shoe-wearin' twin. Only not... because well, you know, she has that eating people habit I can't seem to break her of. So maybe we're more like fraternal twins than identical..

Ahem... but if I were dead--she'd be my homeslice. Amanda Feral rocks!" ~Dakota Cassidy

"Mark Henry is the king fu master of snark." ~ Mario Acevedo

"Mark and I are Twitter addicted.On the flight home from Dragon Con 09 we decided to share an online service on our only charged electronic device - my iPod. Well, as you can imagine, it was a twitter blizzard and we got so confused that Mark tweeted as me and I tweeted as him..Things were said by him (as me) that I may never live down (so dirty). Maybe that is a good thing.

It was like the Hanukkah of iPods even though my battery said it was going to shut off it never did..not until we landed...only with Mark Henry can you have Twitter miracles. He's a good friend and mentor...and a dirty dirty perv."  ~Synde Korman, League of Reluctant Adults Moderator

"Mark who?" ~Nicole Peeler

"Mary Henry writes the most filthy-minded, vomit-inducing, mind-exploding zombie fiction you'll ever read. You'll laugh until you pee your pants, but you'll join the rest of us fools who soiled our underwear and ended up on the floor curled into the fetal position. Those weekly visits to the shrink won't stop you from picking up more Amanda Feral adventures, either. Go on, addict, enjoy the crack that is Happy Hour of the Damned. I'll see you in group. (Don't talk about your mother. We all know it's Mark Henry's fault.)" ~Michele Bardsley

Only Mark Henry can make zombies sexy! Read Amanda Feral or he will send his uberstyilsh, diabolical creations after you!"   ~Molly Harper

"Hey Mark--where's the Dragon King?" ~Jeanne Stein

"Mark Henry needs to be stopped. He's been brainwashing us with his preternatural mind control skills. Otherwise, how could we possibly find books filled with zombies, fashion and explosive diarrhea jokes funny?

Because of Mark's books, I, myself, have experienced the shame of spontaneous oral incontinence in public. That's why I started a new group called Team Beige. Team Beige is for people who prefer their comedy only mildly amusing and always politically correct. We prefer puns over cutting wit. We prefer political correctness over boundary pushing. And for the love of all that's holy, we never ever enjoy reading about zombie sex. Or sex at all, for that matter.

If you haven't read Mark's books (Happy Hour of the Damned, Road Trip of the Living Dead or the forthcoming Battle of the Network Zombies), I suggest you run out now and buy copies for yourself and all your friends. How else will you be able to fully understand the scope Mark Henry's depravity? Don't hesitate, friends: Team Beige needs you today.~Jaye Wells

Finally, a photo of Mark Henry courtesy of Rob Thurman:

Mark 'Hung Like a Woolly Mammoth' Henry will come to your porch and shake his sweet angel ass if you save Amanda! Or, if that's not your thing, Mark Henry and his sweet angel ass will *not* show up on your porch and respect your restraining order if you save Amanda!

~Rob Thurman

(Photo by FeyCreations)

The Qwillery is giving away 2 copies of the Mass Market Paperback of Happy Hour of the Damned each with an adorable Zombie Devil Duckie.

So here is what you have to do to have the chance to win a copy of the novel and a duckie: leave a comment. That’s it. We’ll put all the names in a hat or some other suitable receptacle and pull two out. Ok, we’ll make it more interesting – if you tweet the contest, we’ll put your name in for the tweet as well. You can tweet as much as you like, but it only counts once. If you also mention the contest on Facebook, we’ll add your name again. You can mention it on Facebook a zillion times (which would probably cause everyone to unfriend you), but you only get one extra entry. So you can get your name placed in the receptacle a maximum of 3 times (comment, tweet, FB mention). Provide us a link in the comments so we know that you tweeted or Facebooked.

The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth. Contest ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, February 22, 2010.

The Amanda Feral Series:

Happy Hour of the Damned

Road Trip of the Living Dead

Battle of the Network Zombies
(releasing February 23, 2010)

You can find Mark Henry at his website and at The League of Reluctant Adults. You can join the Glamazombies (his Yahoo Group) here.

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To TBR or To Not TBR

I have over 500 books in my To be Read pile. Technically it's not a pile. It's really a bunch of boxes and bags filled with books. I keep track of my TBR using Readerware. It comes with a barcode scanner, which makes it incredibly easy to add books. Each box has a number on it. The numbers correspond to a set of books on the TBR list. That worked for a while. The problem is that I keep buying books. The new books are in bags. They are waiting for me to put them in the appropriate box. It's an endless loop. I buy more books, I reprint the list, I rearrange the boxes, etc. Once read the books move to another set of boxes. Those books are waiting for me to set up my new office. After that the books will be sorted and somehow fit onto bookshelves. My new office already holds nearly 1,000 cookbooks. I may need more bookcases or consider putting bookcases somewhere else in the house. I don't like getting rid of books. When I moved overseas in the mid-90s, I had to get rid of 1/2 of my books. I don't think I've ever gotten over that. I pine for my English-Russian and Russian-English dictionaries.

So I have a dilemma of sorts. Do I stop buying books until I catch up with my reading sometime in the next 30 years? Do I continue to buy books to support the authors that I like to read especially during this time of economic uncertainty? And do I keep everything?

I decided that yes, I will continue to buy books and support authors because I want them to be able to keep writing more books for me to read. Does one book sale make a difference? I don't know the answer to that, but I'd like to think that every book sold helps. I know that there are at least 3 new releases that I will buy this week: Mario Acevedo's Jailbait Zombie, Mark Henry's Road Trip of the Living Dead, and Anton Strout's Deader Still. These three books will be released on February 24, 2009. I need to look at my To Be Bought list for the rest of the month.

I've also decided to keep everything for the time being. My 13 year old daughter has recently become hooked on paranormal YA. In a few years she'll be old enough to read the grown-up books. Then she can worry about where to store them.

Qwill's Qwestions: Have your book buying habits changed over the last few months? Do you keep everything? What books are you buying in February 2009?

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Mark Henry, Author - New Website and a Contest!

I was going to blog about contractors today, but something more important came to my attention. Mark Henry's new website has launched. Mark Henry is the author of Happy Hour of the Damned and the upcoming Road Trip of the Living Dead. He writes funny, witty, zombilicious novels.

To celebrate his new and fantastic website (I know because I spent the morning there instead of writing about contractors), he's having a Grand Reopening Contest!

The lovely Amanda has her own section on the website! In addition, Amanda, Wendy & Gil will review movies and have already reviewed that zombie classic - Night of the Living Dead. Do not miss the Goofs section!

And check out Mark's books. You can order Happy Hour of the Damned here. And you can preorder Road Trip of the Living Dead here.

You'll never look at zombies the same again! So, go and enjoy his new website, read the first book, and become a fan. Just like me.

(and Mark says I haven't been fawning enough lately - so take that Mark.)
Interview with author Mark Henry - Parts & Wreck - November 26, 2013Entangled Covet: New eBooks and Giveaways! - November 25, 2013Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Mark Henry / Daniel MarksThe View From Monday - May 7, 2012Save Amanda Feral !!!

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