Featured Interview With Markie Madden
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Midland, Texas on August 19, 1975, but I grew up in the small town of Flushing, Michigan. I now live in a farm town in southeast Missouri, population 342, and that’s no joke. I have been married for 24 years and have two daughters. I also have three rescue dogs, a horse, a cat (my kids belong to him), and two gerbils belonging to my youngest daughter.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I began writing when I was in fourth grade. My teacher would come to each desk and draw a squiggle in our notebook. Our assignment was to finish the squiggle into a drawing, and write a short story about the drawing. I began writing more seriously in high school, where I took a creative writing course, participated in the school newspaper, and attended a Young Writer’s Conference held at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. I was awarded the National Quill and Scroll Society award for the best front page photograph in a school newspaper. By the time I graduated high school, I had completed my first full-length novel, called Once Upon a Western Way.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors are J.D. Robb, Kay Hooper, and Patricia Cornwall. I love the technicalities in these crime stories, and they’ve inspired me to alter my own writing in the same way. The inspiration for my latest book series, The Undead Unit Series, came from binge watching Supernatural, and the idea came to me in that twilight moment between wakefullness and sleep. Of course, I jumped up and made notes, because if I didn’t, I knew I’d never remember it!
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is part of my Undead Unit series. In this series, supernatural beings such as Vampires and Werewolves live and work among humans, with some restrictions, of course (they cannot feed on or harm humans). Souls of the Reaper is the second book in the series. People are walking around the city of Dallas with no morals, no conscience. Crime is on the rise, and main characters Lieutenant Lacey Anderson (a Vampire) and her partner Detective Colton Scarber (a Werewolf) must find out what’s going on. They learn a rogue Reaper is stealing human souls before the body is meant to expire, and keeping the energy of the souls to himself in order to become a more powerful Immortal. But the more souls he keeps, the more psychotic he becomes, and the longer the souls are away from their bodies, the greater the chance the souls can never be returned to their bodies. Can the Undead Unit find the Reaper, and stop him, before it’s too late?
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