My name is Mark King the author of FRENZY: A Daniel Jones Storyand its sequel Daniel Jones DOOM, which are now available for sale around the world. I’m also the writer behind the successful worldwide blog Always hanging around.
My varied working life has taken me from an auctioneer to a Court bailiff and then finally to an area operations manager, plus other positions in-between. It has given me a rich tapestry of experiences that has helped feed my imagination, which is now used in my creative work as a successfully published author.
One of the big spurs for my writing career was the death of my father-in-law. I’ve started writing stories over the years, but never got passed the second chapter, as the daily tribulations of life requiring my attention took priority. So, my scribbles would end up in a drawer waiting for the day when I had time to finish them. It was after this heart breaking event that I realized you can never guarantee tomorrow will arrive. I made the decision to resign from my secure job during the biggest world recession in living memory to concentrate purely on writing. Two years later, I published my first book, FRENZY: A Daniel Jones Story.
I’m now working on the third book in the series, which at the moment I have titled REVENGE, although I’m still toiling with various different options. I’m going to see how the book pans out as I write the manuscript, before I decide on the final title.
The best advice I can give is to be prepared for disappointment. It starts from the beginning and will carry on throughout your career. It’s doesn’t matter what field your artistic talent lies. Don’t be surprised when you receive your first rejection. Even when you have finally get published, be prepared for strangers and reviewers to slate off not only your book, but you yourself, even though you have never met this person.
Never give up. Keep going, especially if you have made the commitment and have the belief in yourself.
The final bit of advice is to be prepared to listen to what people have to say. If you do, you have a good chance of making it. You have to take a positive look at every failure. See each one as a learning experience and think how you would work differently next time.