Hello friends! Today, I’d like to introduce you to Marc Secchia, author of the Aranya series. I got connected with Marc through Audiobookworm Productions, so without further ado, let’s get to know Marc!
What’s one thing that would surprise people to know about you?
Probably that I speak, read and write Amharic (a language of Ethiopia). Do you know anyone who speaks Amharic?
What do you to break out of writing slumps?
Read lots, listen to epic music, and try my best to get words down on the page. It can be hard, but once I’m in the zone I do write fast and so that helps. I try to write about 3-5,000 words per day.
Where is the best place to contact you?
You can most easily catch me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authormarc
Where should readers start when it comes to your writing?
I’d recommend starting with Aranya http://smarturl.it/draconic which will be free on Amazon on August 15th or with Dragonfriend http://smarturl.it/dragonfiery
Both books are bestsellers in the Coming of Age category on Amazon.
What should readers know about you before reading your work?
I’m a bit of a word nerd so if archaic and unusual words are your cup of tea, this should be lots of fun. I love building rich, complex and interconnected worlds and my stories and plot lines are similarly complex.
Is your writing process the same for each book? What differences did you notice in each book?
Yes, it’s fairly much the same. I have a story idea or I dream a story. I write a synopsis, just a few lines or words about what will happen, right the way through (that’s so I don’t meander). Then I separate it out roughly into chapters and scenes to form a framework, before fleshing out that framework starting from the top.
I’m trying to learn and grow all the time as a writer, so I do see myself producing better first drafts for example, and pacing the books better. But it’s a process. I love the craft and love picking up tips from other authors.
If you had a burger named after you, what kind of burger would it be, and what would you want to be on it?
A “Dragon Flame-Grilled Zinger” would be the ideal burger. Plenty of meat slightly charred on the outside and pink on the inside, and then gorgonzola cheese, spicy pickles and a nice layer of salad and mayo. Perfect. Just be sure to compliment the chef or she might eat you.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
It sounds stupidly simple, but write every day. Even a little bit. It just seems that the process of writing leads to more and better writing. I’ve read loads of writing advice but for me it always just seems to come back to the labour of love – channelling the craft onto the page. That’s where I learn and connect best with my creative side.
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