Mark De Binder – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Launched on July 1, 2010, Serial Terror is the first novel in a series about a psychic foundation that profiles and captures Serial Killers. Chase Benton, the main character and founder of the private organization, is a Shaman, Psychic, and Detective. Chase and his team are working desperately to catch three active serials in the US. At the same time, the FBI is also hot on their tail and are deceiving Chase’s organization in the hopes of beating them to the collar.

A nemesis from Chase’s past begins manipulating the Serials and the FBI with the intent on crushing Chase Benton. The taught and twisty plot carries readers through and interesting, engaging, and thrilling story line.

Tell us something about yourself.

Mark was born in Washington D.C. and moved to Concord MA as a child. A graduate of Bentley University, Mark went on to spend 20 plus years in Boston’s high tech arena. He has traveled the globe extensively and spoken hundreds of times around the world. Mark began his writing career in 2004 when he decided to chase his life long dream of being an Author. In 2004 he switched from High Tech stress to hands on work so that he could free his mind to create. Today he runs a small, upcoming arboricultural firm that serves the greater Boston area. Mark lives and works in Concord MA. In 1998, Mark began his journey of studying shamanism and psychic development. Today, both are important keystones in his everyday life. He teaches psychic development, reflexology, and shamanism as a hobby.

What inspired you to write this book?

The desire to write was the original inspiration. My work in the energetic modalities inspired me to create the psychic foundation and the serial killer theme.

How did you choose the title?

The original title was “Serial Connections” which is the name of the private foundation. I changed it to Serial Terror largely because of searchability issues with the original title. The series of books all begin with Serial (Terror, Entity, Sleepers)…

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Many! So many in fact, that I self published the book in 2007. It is dedicated to my dying Mother (she is still here barely) and I wanted her to see it in print before she passed. She has read thousands of books in her lifetime, and she has become my greatest fan and the only person to read all my works (including manuscripts).

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I am an avid reader and have a wonderful imagination. Many times, reading a book I would say to myself “I could write a better novel than this”. I got started by writing the first page…over and over and over again…

Do you have any writing rituals?

I write by creating a video in my head. Before I attack a page, section, or chapter, I lie down, create the movie if you will, tune it until I like it a lot, then sit down at the laptop and crank out the text.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

In different ways I suppose. Some need character appropriate names and some just need names. I usually identify all the first and second tier characters when I am “designing” the story line before I even being to write and name them according to their hierarchy in the story.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

Foremost, I learned that writing is the easy part. Publishing is ten times tougher than my high tech days.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I lean towards action/thriller/adventure/supernatural books. My top authors are Ludlum, Lustbader, Koontz, King, Flynn, Cussler to name a few. When I read, I like to have my emotions and feelings stirred. I love traveling to far away places I’ve never been and experiencing things I’ve never done. I hate coming to the end of really good book because I don’t want the fantasy to end!

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Serial Entity is written, edited and waiting for me to decide what to do with it. I would love it get noticed by one of the top 6 publishers. If I could get any one of them to read Serial Terror, they would buy into me as a Bestselling Author in a heartbeat. Serial Sleepers is under development, and two others I cannot talk about here.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

“No matter how hard the publishing end gets, keep writing. Writing is the passion and someday, somehow, your works will be read!”

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

The perfect reader for my books is someone who loves to escape into thrilling and action packed adventures; someone who finds the supernatural to be quite natural and appealing; someone who likes to read books from her/his favorite Author as often as they come out; someone who loves a great story…

Where can readers learn more about you and your book? (friend me)

Search for Serial Terror on Facebook to find the fan page.