Mark Edmondson is a writer and the author of the crime fiction novel called The Beast of Bodmin.
Let’s hear his inspiring journey in his words!
1. Please describe Mark Edmondson:
Answer: I’m 41 years old. I live in Atherton, Manchester with my wife Maggi and grandson Joe. I own two tropical fish stores. I enjoy fell walking, playing guitar and ukulele, travelling and coaching a child’s football team.
2. Please describe your skills:
Answer: I’ve just released my first novel, a crime fiction story set in Cornwall based around the mythical legend of the Beast of Bodmin. The story is a police procedural thriller, with some mystery, twists and horror.
3. What inspired to pursue your passion?
Answer: I’ve been reading fiction for as long as I can remember, but I started writing about twenty years ago. I’d been doing it as a hobby all this time but never sent anything off to anyone. My niece, at a family party, told me I was silly for never sending anything off and finding out if it is actually something I’m good at, so the next evening, I emailed an agent with a sample of the story, and he phoned me within half an hour. My journey then began.
4. What are the difficulties you faced and how did you overcome?
Answer: Coming from the world of retail, it was a shock to me just how brutally honest people in the world of writing have to be. I needed to grow thick skin very quickly and learn to not be offended when someone says they don’t like something. Ultimately, they are interested in the story and want it be as good as possible, so I had to learn to take any comments on board and trust my agent and editor. I once had to delete what I thought was the best scene I’d ever written. This was because it didn’t fit with a plot change that we’d made. This kept me awake at night, especially because my agent said he liked the scene so much too. But I learned that sometimes you have to sacrifice something that you feel strongly about, for the sake of the whole picture. I still get a little upset about this to this day. But I know it was the right thing to do. Also, juggling a family and two businesses and trying to work on my writing every night was hard work, but the rewards are more than worth it.
5. Your message to the audience/beginners?
Answer: I try to keep people interested in my stories in the same way I expect to have my interest kept when I read a book. I want to feel as though I know the characters very well, otherwise, I won’t care what happens to them. And I want the author to surprise me with an ending I didn’t see coming. This is what I’ve tried to do with The Beast of Bodmin, and will always try to do with my future works. My message to beginners is to read as much as you can and write as much as you can. There are many self-help books on writing that can help you learn the rules of writing. And once you’re ready to take things further, brush off rejection, but listen to the critique. If someone is telling you that something isn’t right, then believe them and try to change or improve it to adhere to what they’re saying. Nobody writes a book alone. You have to listen to the advice you’re given, even if it’s not what you want to hear.
6. Where can the people find you?
Answer: On Facebook and Twitter & Instagram handle @TheBeastOB/@MarkEdmondson77
Thank you, Mark Edmondson, for taking the time to participate in our weekly column “Writer of the Week“.
Best wishes from Phonic Words for your future endeavours.
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