Author Interview #1 Marvin Neu

MD Neu is a Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels. MD Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, and Kim Stanley Robinson an odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing.

Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man, he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, MD Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world.

When MD Neu isn’t writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his husband of eighteen years.

D: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

Marvin: For me, the way my writing comes together is I start out with an idea and with a bunch of notes. Maybe, a character or two, but then I sit down and outline and plot out the story. If I don’t, I get lost. The outline is never 100% even once I finish the manuscript. During the editing process, I might need another chapter, or may need to combine chapters, but the outline gives me the map.

I also, map out my series. For ‘The Calling’ I have it mapped out as a two book series, with the potential for a third. And with “A New World’ I have that slotted as a three book series. If things go well with ‘A New World’ I could do a prequel to the story, because I have a lot of history that I think would make for a fun story. So we’ll see.

D: Which writers inspire you?

Marvin: There are so many. I know that sounds lame, but it’s true. I love Stephen King, Stanley Robinson, J. R. R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Charlaine Harris, Harvey Fierstein, and RuPaul Charles. I know the last two aren’t strictly writers, but they have both inspired my writing. Because like the others, they do what they love and they tell stories. All the writers and creative people I look up to open their souls to the world and share that with everyone. People respond to it. Love them or hate them, they all have impacted our world and that speaks to me.

D: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Marvin: It’s funny to think about this question, because until recently I never thought this would even be in the cards for me. Sure, I’ve always enjoyed writing and telling stories, but the idea that this could become a career for me. Nope, never even crossed my mind.

Who would think that someone who could barely spell in school because of his dyslexia would even have this as an option? It’s pretty amazing!

To answer the question, I want to be realistic. I wouldn’t mind having a steady income coming in from my writing. Perhaps, even being able to work at it full-time. But if I’m honest, for me, I want my writing to be enjoyed by people. For people to want to come back and re-read my stories again because something speaks to them, that would be the best.

D: What is your favorite motivational phrase?

Marvin: Sounds dumb, but ‘just do it’. We all have goals and we all have things we want to do or should do. So, when I don’t want to do something I think to myself, ‘just to it’. If makes me get up off my butt and get going. Does it always work? Nope, but most of the time it gets me moving.

D: Where do you see publishing going in the future?

Marvin: The future of publishing is a wide-open field. You are going to have more people self-publishing. More of the larger publishing houses are going to need to move faster than they are probably used to. It may also force publishers and agents to consider writers that they may not have in years past.

You may also see the rise of hybrid companies that provide targeted services for writers who want to keep some of the control but need help in other areas. These new publishing companies would agree to these services for a commission of the sales. The more they do for the writer, the higher the commission. The less they do for the writer, the lower the commission.

A-la-cart publishing.

Wow, did I just come up with a new business plan? Probably not.

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Author Interview #1 Marvin Neu — 8 Comments

  1. Nice interview! The only thing I’ve read by Kim Stanley Robinson is the novella ‘Green Mars’, which is about a team of mountain climbers who climb Olympus Mons. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was more of an adventure story than a sci-fi story.

    • JB if you enjoyed ‘Green Mars’ you should check out the full series. ‘Red Mars’, ”Green Mars’ and ‘Blue Mars’ they really are a great story and Kim Stanley Robinson is an excellent story teller.

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