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The “10 Questions” Interview at Carl Purdon, Author blog

Gaining a presence on the web is a challenge. There are a couple billion web pages and certainly, then, a few thousands pages devoted to writing, reading, books & book culture, and the complementary blogs. Just like the one you’re reading.

Back in January I told myself that I’d give a full year to making Twitter a place from which my presence will grow. After six months, I’m beginning to see some benefits. The best benefit has come by way of meeting fellow authors whose own love of language and serious effort at writing quality fiction matches my own. This was my first intention, the over-riding intention behind self-promotion through blogging.

Carl Purdon is a Mississippi author whose own novel, The Night Train — which has received good reviews from Amazon readers, certainly the new cachet in on-line sales promotion — has a first chapter that’s as gripping a story as any reader needs to carry him onward, and one that pulls you into a young boy’s world of terror and abuse and the need to run.

Meanwhile, Carl keeps up his own blog, whose primary focus is on interviewing fellow authors, as well as notes on writing craft. Unlike junket interviewers, who sit with you pondering a long list of stock questions taken from one’s author bio and book-jacket copy, Carl investigates his subjects diligently, learns things about them that he then determines how to best exploit with questions designed to draw out the character of the author as much as the characters of the author’s stories.

When I found out about Carl’s idea, I was all in: I like interviews, for the least of which that I have the opportunity to talk about writing and books and craft and … yes, admittedly so, to plug my own books. So I introduced myself to Carl and, with otherwise some fun Tweets having gone back and forth between us, he set to make up his ten questions for me. Follow the link to view the questions and my answers.

Thanks again, Carl. It was my pleasure to be part of your own presence-building on the web. And good luck. I’ll catch up with you on the blog, and see you on the Tweet-O-sphere!



What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. You can read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. You can read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.


  Laura Howard wrote @ July 29th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Carl is a good friend and an amazing writer, just don’t tell him I said so because I have a reputation with him on Twitter to uphold… Great article Mark!

  Carl Purdon wrote @ July 30th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

 I knew you liked me, Laura. 🙂

  MarkBeyer wrote @ July 31st, 2012 at 7:53 am

Thanks, Laura. I appreciate the contact. Please stop by again.


  Carl Purdon wrote @ July 29th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I sit here humbled, Mark. Thank you for the kind words. I might not have found this had not Laura Howard told me about it (in her own strange way). Last night I was chiding her for not reading ALL the interviews on my blog, and I told her at the very least she needs to read the interview I did with you. Apparently, she did. So, as you alluded to, when we work to promote others, we reap rewards such as the one I enjoyed at finding this post.

  MarkBeyer wrote @ July 31st, 2012 at 7:50 am

You’re welcome, Carl … This idea of “a community of writers” is what I work toward, in my own, slow fashion. Self-promotion is rampant on FB & Twitter, et. al., which has its uses; but I doubt that indie authors sell as many books just by taking the Madison Ave approach of “irritate the customer until he buys!” My idea of a community is one of conversation & methods exchange. Writers can take it for what it’s worth; readers might find interesting bits, too. Even if so much of these blog posts are preaching to the choir, I use it as practice, inspiration, and a way to exercise my story muscle.

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