Author Spotlight: Mark Cantrell

Author Interviews
Today's author is another Inspired Quill author, Mark Cantrell, who works as a journalist during the day and writes his novels by night. He's here to discuss his career as a writer and his newest novel, Silas Morlock. Please give Mark a warm welcome. 1.Can you tell us a bit about your novel, Silas Morlock? Silas Morlock is a dark urban fantasy with shades of the macabre horror thrown in. It's a story about good and evil, the darkness that resides inside all of us, and what happens when that darkness escapes to smother the world in shadow. The book deals with a last-ditch struggle to save the human soul from extinction. By that, I don't mean some intangible and metaphysical entity, but something with a real physical existence – books,…
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Do you have to wake up early to be successful?

Inspirational, Writing
I follow a number of blogs and newsletters, and lately I've been noticing a trend: a number of my favourite newsletters and blogs recommend waking up an hour earlier to get your writing done. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, especially because it was one of the key recommendations in COMMIT, the self-help book recently published by Linda Formichelli of The Renegade Writer. I know this strategy works for a lot of people, but I resent the idea that in order to be successful, I have to wake up earlier. Instead, I believe in a concept introduced to me by DIY MFA: magic time. Magic time is the time of day when you are at your best. It is the time when you can accomplish all your work in half the…
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The Power of Re-Reading

Reading Related
[caption id="attachment_2065" align="alignleft" width="200"] The book I'm re-reading right now.[/caption] As a kid I re-read books fairly often, but eventually I grew to hate re-reading books. I have a pretty good memory so if I've read it in the last couple of years, I'll only find surprises if it's a really well written book. Besides, there are so many amazing books I haven't read, and more being published every day. I'll admit, I have a more personal reason: some of the books I loved most as a child seemed awful when I re-read them. The characters were flat or I had simply changed too much to like them. For the first time, I noticed pacing issues and once in a while even realized the story wasn't all that interesting. If…
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