In August, a group of authors and readers will converge on New Orleans for the annual Authors After Dark convention. One of those authors will be the hilarious Mark Henry, author of the fabulous Amanda Feral series, Mark is also getting ready to release his first young adult novel, Velveteen, this fall as Daniel Marks.
Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.
The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.
Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It’ll be brutal . . . and awesome.
But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.
Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a novel from Mark’s backlist – winners choice – and a preorder of his new novel, Velveteen!
I’m not gonna lie. It feels a little strange to be attending a convention like Authors After Dark as Mark Henry, rather than solely as my young adult pseudonym, Daniel Marks. After all, I haven’t really promoted my adult titles for a couple of years, nor do I have any adult works in progress. I had, for all intents and purposes, moved on after my Amanda Feral series tanked, pulled myself up out of the ashes of a charbroiled career, salved the bruises and reinvented myself.
No small feat. I really have to give credit to all the hardcore grifters who can change their identities scheme after scheme–it’s a LOT of work–and staying in character is damn near impossible. As many of you know, my tendency is to not be a very good teen role model. (I’ll wait while you finish snickering). If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then, you probably haven’t read my increasingly porny zombie comedy series (feel free to do that now and then come back and we’ll chat).
Yay! Five percent of you are back! And if you are, then clearly you’re sick individuals who have nary an ounce of empathy to split between you. Come sit by me!
Oddly enough, the reason that most people like me in person, is exactly what bothers them about my writing. I knew my humor would never be globally accepted, it’s the result of years of systematic callousing, and comes across very different in person (or on video, which is how I’ve relaunched myself as Daniel Marks) than it does in the written word. Consequently, I’ve had to find some balance and learn to deal with those tendencies in my young adult work (which I shall tell you about now…because I’m a promotional whore like that).
My first YA novel, Velveteen, comes out on October 9th of this year (you can read about it up there) so it’s, again, a little off in terms of timing for a convention, but I’ll bet there’ll be some books floating around Authors After Dark and I know there’ll be a reading at the big YA event on Saturday, which I hope y’all will come to. I plan on reading something that’ll blow people’s minds at how far the teen-oriented book can push people’s buttons…even adults.
Speaking of pushing buttons, that’s the theme for this year’s convention, or at least in my mind it is. Except, in my mind that’s always the theme, so…expect that. I seriously can’t wait.
When Stella suggested I come out of retirement and oil up the snark engine for another con, this time in New Orleans where I’d actually get beads when I flashed my man boobs, I was like, “Where the eff do I sign up?” It’s been so long.
I used to love going to conferences and not just for the clandestine erotica readings and the hooch, though, those are both immense draws. I just really love hanging out with people who love books as much as I do. I find myself missing those days and the friends I made among both readers, authors and other industry folk. Again, it’s been too long.
Meet 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.
Want to purchase Mark’s novels?
- Happy Hour of the Damned at Amazon | Book Depository
- Road Trip of the Living Dead at Amazon | Book Depository
- Battle of the Network Zombies at Amazon | Book Depository
Thank you Mark for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!
We’re giving away a novel from Mark’s backlist – winners choice – and a preorder of his new novel, Velveteen. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: How far do you think teen-oriented books can push people’s buttons? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until May 22nd at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have. I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.