I first met Mark on a Facebook writing group and found him to have a quirky sense of humor. I also realized he was a dedicated author, and his debut novel, Things To Do in Denver When You’re Un-Dead, has been receiving rave reviews.
Please help me welcome a funny man who writes about vampires, demons, zombies, and other mythic monsters.
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In Mark’s own words
“I wanted to write something set in the modern world that had the kind of fast-paced quality of an Indiana Jones movie,” says first-time novelist Stone, “but with a darker edge. The idea of a bureau that stood as a defense against things-that-go-bump-in-the- night comes from those people, military and otherwise, who stand ready to protect us all from threats that tear at the fabric of our comfortable lives. I aimed for an interesting blend of The Untouchables and the X-Files.”
Born in Helsinki, Finland, (The Land of the Uncommonly Stubborn) Mark Everett Stone arrived in the U.S. at a young age and promptly dove into the world of the fantastic. Starting at age seven with the Iliad and the Odyssey, he went on to consume every scrap of Norse Mythology he could get his grubby little paws on. At age thirteen he graduated to Tolkien and Heinlein, building up a book collection that soon rivaled the local public library’s. In college Mark majored in Journalism and minored in English. Mark is feverishly working on his next book, Unwilling Gate, while his amazingly patient wife, Brandie, keeps him and their two sons, Aeden and Gabriel, in check.
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Things To Do in Denver When You’re Un-Dead
For 10 years Kal Hakala has been the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation’s top man, the longest surviving agent in its blood-soaked history. There’s been no case he couldn’t crack, no monster he couldn’t kill. After a plague of zombies in Denver turns into an investigation of a vicious serial killer dubbed The Organ Donor, he dives into the one mystery that could finally kill him.
Look for the sequel What Happens In Vegas, Dies in Vegas Nov. 15, 2011!
Inside the Mind of Mark Everett Stone
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Is there such a thing? If so, not having to worry about the welfare of my family would be it. If I don’t have to worry about them, if I know they are going to be taken care of financially, spiritually, and physically….I’m good.
What turns you on creatively? Good movies, books, tv and just talking to friends. It’s amazing what you can come up with when you’re BS-ing with friends.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? In real life: “sorry, my give-a-shitter is broken”. In my work….well, I haven’t really written too much to overuse certain phrases. I try to keep a leash on that kind of stuff.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Honesty, ingenuity, honor. Many people say, “what would Jesus do?” I have a tendency to say “What would James T. Kirk do?”
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Intelligence. Hands down. I need stimulating dialogue as much as I need stimulating…well, you get the picture, don’tcha? If you don’t, I have a copy of the Kama Sutra in the other room I could lend you.
What is your greatest regret? Man, going for the jugular, aren’t you? Hmmm…Not knowing my paternal grandfather well enough. He was an amazing man and I wish I could talk to him right now. Of course, if I were talking to him right now, he’d be a zombie.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I want to be taller. Yep, taller would be good.
What is your greatest fear? Being eaten by giant spiders. Think about it.
Which living person do you most admire? Any person who lays their life on the line to protect the average civilian. Soldiers, firemen, police officers, feds. I can’t tell you how much I admire those that serve.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? A singing cowboy. But that dream was shattered when I realized I couldn’t carry a tune even if it had handles, so I’ll stick to writing.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Prince William’s hairpiece. Good lord knows he needs a good one.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My two kids, Aeden and Gabriel. Oddly enough, I fear they are my greatest downfall. Life really knows how to dish out the irony, doesn’t it?
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Bigotry. Not going to say anymore, the subject pisses me off.
What is your greatest extravagance? Books….by far. I have over 2000 and my Kindle library keeps growing. Thank god for the digital age.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Get a pilot’s license, visit Greece, Scotland, Belgium, all of Scandinavia, Italy, Wales, and Washington D.C….ok, that’s more than one thing, but if I get my license, I can fly to all those places myself. And eat cheesecake off of Jane Seymour’s tummy.
What is your present state of mind? Colorado 🙂
What are some of your favorite curse words? All of them are pretty fucking great. But since having kids (well, I didn’t have them, the wife did) I substitute all curse words with the word ‘crow’ and ‘frack’ (btw, used LONG before the 2nd generation Battlestar Galactica came out, they stole it!!!) and ‘goram’ (ok, I stole that). Keeps me from having to put a dollar in the swear jar.
What is your motto? “A Lanister always pays his debts.” Wait! No, that’s my other motto! My motto is: “If you’re going to eat it, eat it big.”
Thanks Mark for providing such fun answers! Congratulations on the success of your current book and upcoming one.
Readers, please feel free to leave Mark a comment and say “Hello.”