Thursday, December 12, 2013

Parts and Wreck by Mark Henry‏


Mark Henry traded a career as a counselor to scar minds with his fiction. In stories clogged with sentient zombies, impotent sex demons, transsexual werewolves and ghostly goth girls, he irreverently processes traumatic issues brought on by premature exposure to horror movies, an unwholesome fetish for polyester and/or witnessing adult cocktail parties in the swingin' 70s. A developmental history further muddied by surviving earthquakes, typhoons, and two volcanic eruptions. He somehow continues to live and breathe in the oft maligned, yet not nearly as soggy as you’d think, Pacific Northwest, with his wife and four furry monsters that think they’re children and have a complete disregard for carpet.

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Wade Crowson, a brutish and brooding playboy and veteran vivisectionist for the Parts Department, runs into more than he bargained for in new partner, Lucid Montgomery, a quirky beauty with a bizarre secret and a string of psychiatric diagnoses she tries hard to keep hidden.

Loving Luce will stamp a demonic target on her back and thrust Wade into a frenzied whirlwind of hilarious misunderstandings and, quite possibly, a stripping gig for emptynesters. Can they withstand the savagery of an exorcism (with or without the split pea soup) and come out alive and …in love?


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I’m a horror movie fanatic. I recently started keeping track of them on a website called Goodfil.ms and I topped 750 at last count. So you name it, I’ve seen it. Now, when the acquiring editor at Entangled’s Covet line contacted me with the opportunity to write a paranormal romantic comedy, I knew I wanted to do something different. I’ve been on a body horror kick, ala David Cronenberg. Body horror is a subgenre that explores fear on a much smaller, internal level. So, instead of going the sympathetic monster route, I opted for a subverting of that old urban legend about the people who wake up in icy motel bathtubs missing…parts. I just needed to figure out how the people doing that could be seen as heroic. No small feat but that was the impetus. The series title came to me before the actual story, the Parts Department.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I wrote the first draft in a month and then spent another month revising.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The isolation, frankly. I’m pretty social but I’m also kind of moody and irritable a lot of the time, it’s really best for everyone involved if I just write. Seriously.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The isolation. LOL. See how my moods swing? I get very bored sitting around at home writing, so I need to get out and find a place from time to time just to be around people. The other thing I can’t stand about writing is the lack of an even playing field. You can have two fantastic books. One is a bestseller and the other is completely unknown. The business is brutal.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Oh God. This is a tricky question, because we never really know someone from their public persona. I could pick someone that we’d all agree is awesome like Lady Gaga or Brad Pitt or J.K. Rowling. But what if their real life is miserable? That’d be my luck. I’ll just stick with me.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
It’s a bottle of mango chutney and it’s gross, I don’t know why I don’t throw it out. It’s probably been in their for eight years. LOL.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
There’ll definitely be a follow up to Parts & Wreck in the future. Right now, I’m relaunching my Amanda Feral character (Happy Hour of the Damned) as a trilogy of raunchy urban fantasies (I repeat, urban fantasy, not romance). Also, I’m working on my next young adult book for Random House (as Daniel Marks, my first, Velveteen is out in paperback, now).
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