Interview with Mark Alan Shaffer, author of “Crimson Enigma”

First off, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in a little town in Northeastern Ohio called Alliance. I have lived in different cities in Ohio, but I always came back to my home town, where I currently reside.

What inspired your writing career?

I always enjoyed reading Science Fiction, so with my active imagination I thought I would try it. I am inspired by different locations, pictures, People and music. I am especially inspired by Al Stewart. The song “Running Man” helped me to work on my new book “Mystery by the Bay.” Also on this project I am working with Author and Editor Nancy Medina, who I became friends with on Facebook.

What book(s) would you like to talk about today?

Transference and Crimson Enigma, two books of the Enigma Series.

What inspired you to write this book(s)?

The first book Transference was just a short story, I think I was inspired to write it by my Grandfather that was an inventor, and my Father that was a B17 Pilot.

The second book Crimson Enigma is a much longer book with sketches in it to help explain the story. The inspiration for it came more from people and music from the 70’s.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, not the story. I think it stands very well just like it is.

Did you ever experience writers block? How did you get over it?

I would go for long walks, listen to music. Just do anything besides write.

How are you the same/different from your main character?

There is a lot of me in all the characters that I create.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it?

It was created by a Canadian Artist friend of mine named Angele Gougeon.
She did all the Artwork for Crimson Enigma.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? (if you feel you answered this above, then skip it).

I enjoy photography and making models of my story ideas.

What is your favorite restaurant and favorite dish?

I would have to say steak, chicken and ribs up at the Texas Roadhouse.

Do you listen to music when you write and what?

Yes, I do listen to music when I write. Over the years it has given me some of my best ideas. Al Stewart of course. And YES, ELP, Kansas and Doobies to name a few.

Do you write during the day or night?

Of course, day and night. I’m a writer!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An Astronaut.

What is under your bed?

Old VHS movies.

What do you wish I asked you that I didn’t?

I think we covered everything.

Any future projects in the works?

Oh yes, I am going to rewrite Transference to make it longer and add artwork to it as well. Also working on two other books in the Enigma Series- Mystery by the Bay and Megastar.
Where can readers find more out about you and your book (webpage, blog, buy link, etc.) ?

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