Meet an author: Mark Kloss

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 
– I was born and lived until ten years old, in one of the roughest parts of London. I never felt in danger as I learned to toughen up fast. Being an unplanned son, my parents were quite old but loving. Although I was what they would now call a ‘hyperactive’ child’, at 13 years old my brother gave me a second-hand guitar and that was the first time my life had a purpose: to make it as a song writer! Many frustrating hours would be spent trying to master the instrument and many satisfying hours passed playing with my friends. Yet still I was wild and hated school, although I did enjoy reading.

One day at the age of fourteen out of nowhere I felt like writing a poem. I realized I was good at it when my grown-up sister spent hours searching for what I had copied it from! As the years passed, through the trials and tribulations of love and death, the adventures of world travel, larger adventures of making a good living while searching for a deeper meaning to life, and largest adventures of married life and bringing up four sons, my desires to write poetry gradually grew and finally expanded into writing books.

I’m still a little wild and free, but now I have many purposes and adventures to keep me happy.

What would you say is your more iconic novel and why? 
– There are two that immediately come to mind. First is a well loved book called ‘Cider With Rosie’ by Laurie Lee. The whole book is as close to poetry as you could get and succeeds in stirring the hardest heart as a more innocent age passes. The second is The first of the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum. His writing introduced me to a fast and exciting pace.

Which writers inspire you? 
– I naturally lean towards a mix of Laurie Lee’s poetic wanderings or the manic pace of Robert Ludlum.

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers? 
– My son, Victor Kloss has written a popular series called ‘The Royal Institute Of Magic’. Before that we co-wrote an interesting book called ‘Download’, which was never actually taken to the market. Most tragically, he recently passed away, leaving his loving wife and daughter behind, along with a lost future as a successful writer. I have since updated Download and this time I am determined to bring it to the market, I hope within the next month actually.

When did you decide to become a writer? 
– It was a natural progression from the time I wrote that first poem, through discovering I was better at writing lyrics than melodies to gradually writing more and more – all powered by the building furnace of desire to express my own world in words.

Do you write full-time or part-time? 
– Definitely part time, these busy days are taken up with business, family, walking through the nearby forest and over the Downs with my wife, and of course writing at least two to three hours a day.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? 
– No matter how I try, the creative ideas only open up as I move the story along.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 
– I do encourage my friends to buy, read and, if they like it, give a review. The main thing is to get reviews by asking anyone I know to buy read and review! I will also soon be doing giveaways to encourage more reviews, and just general promotion to try and get known about!

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 
– I believe that these days reviews are absolutely vital to other potential readers. Of course if the review is bad, I am very disappointed, but also keen to try and address the comments made. If the comments are good, I know I’m on the right track and much encouraged to carry on.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

My website www.markkloss.co.uk has a blog about my trials and tribulations in life and writing as well as my current book ‘Game Hunter’, and my upcoming books, ‘It’s a Funny Thing, Life’ and ‘Download’. You can also find me here: www.facebook.com/markklosswriter (that has the most news) and www.twitter.com/markklosswriter and www.tumblr.com/blog/markklossand of course on goodreads!

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