Sunday, October 28, 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Mark Tufo

1. Tell us a little about you. Hobbies, schooling, favorite teams , etc.

Hi Roxanne, thank you for having me on your blog it is greatly appreciated.
Well crap is facebook considered a hobby? Actually I really like to go shooting with my sons, we usually set up competitions like Top Shot and have some fun with it. I did graduate college but I went more for an advanced partying degree than anything else. BOSTON RED SOX need I say more?

2. What inspired you to become a writer?

I've always enjoyed writing but never thought more of it than putting my thoughts down on paper and never ever did I think to put those thoughts out to the world for viewing. It was my wife who sort of 'dared' me to write a book. I had been laid off and I had been reading a lot to help with the stress. After one long night of reading I came downstairs and half kidding said I thought I could write a better book, my wife told me 'Then why don't you?' I'm not really sure if she thought I would, but if it kept me out of her hair for a few days it was worth it. The rest is history.

3. Why write a zombie story?

I've loved (and feared) the zombie genre since I was 7 and my cousin who was babysitting thought that Dawn of the Dead was perfect viewing material to pass the night away. I remember how scared I was watching the zombies attack that house in the middle of nowhere, that left an indelible impression. I've been reading and watching zombie related stuff ever since. 

4. What is the title of your most current book and what is it about?

The most current book The Spirit Clearing, it is a Michael Talbot story. I'd like to say more than that, but I  don't want to give anything away!

5. Would you put your book more in the action, comedy, or horror category? Is there another category you would add?

Definitely horror but I always try to throw some humor in to balance it out, which might even make the scary parts that much more frightening.

6. What sets your book apart from the thousands of books out there?

The people, the characters in the books, they have dimension, they have hopes and dreams of a future. Readers become attached to some of them, they root for some while hoping for the demise of others.

7. What if anything do you want the reader to take from your book?

I want my readers to come away with a connection to the characters. I obviously want them to enjoy the story and feel that the time and money they invested in me was well worth it.
Just wanted to say thank you again for having me on your page.

8. Where is your book available?

The Spirit Clearing    
Mark Tufo

Genre: Horror/ Ghost

ASIN:     B0094JWLYG

Number of pages: 264
Word Count: 85,713

Cover Artist:

Book Description: 

After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't and nobody will listen to him.

That is until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair?

Can love transcend even death?

About the Author: 

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA and later joined the US Marine Corp. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution and has gone back to college at CTU to complete his masters.

He has written the Indian Hill trilogy with the first Indian Hill - Encounters being published for the Amazon Kindle in July 2009. He has since written the Zombie Fallout series and is working on a new zombie book.

He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs.

Visit him at  or or for news on his next two installments of the Indian Hill trilogy and upcoming installments of the Zombie Fallout series

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Debby said...

Interesting concept. I would love to read this story.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Mary Kirkland said...

Sounds like a very original story. Am looking forward to reading this.

Mark Tufo said...

Thank you for having me!

Unknown said...

Really enjoy all of Mark's books. Once you start, you will keep on reading! They are scary, funny, and really suck you in!...Highly recommended!

Unknown said...

ln my opinion Mark Tufo is the best horror writer currently writing. His characters have real dimension and are easy to connect without being overly simple and the stories are compelling and rich. I'd advise any horror fan to give his books a try.

Pharoahsgal said...

Spirit clearing - excellent book well worth reading