We are thrilled to introduce this author Marc Sorondo. His bizarre story "Godspore" is featured in our upcoming new release "It Calls From the Sky"
Marc Sorondo lives with his wife and children in New York. He loves to read, and his interests range from fiction to comic books, physics to history, oceanography to cryptozoology, and just about everything in between. He's a perpetual student and occasional teacher. For more information, go to MarcSorondo.com.
Have you always written, or was there a catalyst that prompted you to begin this journey?
I started writing when I was really young. I always made up stories and I started actually writing them down when I was in middle school. Before that I did that childhood thing where I bounced around from job to job when asked what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” I think in middle school I realized none of those other jobs was actually going to be as fun as the stories I’d made up about them.
Do you have an author that has influenced your writing the most?
I have a couple of authors that I think were really influential. I am a huge Stephen King fan and I started reading his stuff really early. I think I started finally writing stories down because I’d started reading King a little before. Even without reading his On Writing there’s a lot to learn from reading his stuff in terms of crafting a story. His pacing and ability to create tension and believable characters, his ability to create a fictional history…King is the Clapton of horror writer’s in my opinion.
That being said, Everyone should read Ray Bradbury. The man’s prose is poetry. The way he builds sentences and images is just beautiful. I also love Dan Simmons, and I think any writer that does research for a novel can learn from his approach. He knows so much about the topics he uses in his novels, and it adds such depth and realism to fantastic works.
Do you remember the first piece of writing shared publicly? What were people’s reactions, but more importantly how did you react getting it out there?
When I was in high school I had a lot of pieces published in the school lit magazine. It absolutely a “big fish small pond” sort of thing, but I really liked the feeling of having a lot of things read by my peers and enjoyed. Even though I had a huge reality check as early as freshman year of college, that early experience with having people enjoy reading my stuff, that settled it for me and I was going to keep writing.
What is your workspace like? What kind of atmosphere do you need to write?
I don’t have a workspace. I handwrite out the first draft of everything I write, even novel length works. I write in a notebook whenever I can get a few mintues to do so. I used to write a lot on the train when I had a commute. Now I have five kids, so I write when I’m in the waiting room while they’re in classes and practices. Aside from that, if I want to get anything done, I have to get the kids all to sleep. My first round of revisions come as I type what I’ve handwritten and make changes.
Horror occasionally veers into the paranormal or supernatural, that's what makes it fun in my opinion. Do you believe in the supernatural, and if so is there a story?
While I wouldn’t call myself a skeptic, I do think that tha vast majority of paranormal claims are mistakes. People see something they can’t explain and believe its something else. That being said, I think there are all sorts of unknown and unexplainable things and phenomena out there. I just don’t think we understand them at all.
Without giving too much away, tell us about the short story you have featured in “It calls to the Sky”. What inspired you?
I am a huge nerd and I read a lot of nonfiction. One of the topics I’ve always found fascinating is very early man. Ice-age mankind spreading across the globe in these insane conditions, facing prehistoric beasts and crossing contients and oceans…it reads like fiction. The idea for “Godspore” came to me after reading a few books on paleoanthropology.
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