Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Interview with author Tim Marquitz

 Today, my guest is author Tim Marquitz.  Tim's book is the second in his serial novella, Sepulchral Earth

1) Tell me a little about your book.
TM: My most recent release is the second part of my serial novella, Sepulchral Earth. The book’s title is The Temple of the Dead.

After a breach in the dimensional wall that separates the living from the dead, the lost spirits are suddenly re-exposed to human emotion and are driven insane by it. In an effort to end their suffering, the dead spill into our world and hunt the living so that the spirits might rest once more.

Harlan Cole, the main character, is a necromancer, though far from the stereotype. His wife and daughter were killed by the returning dead and he has vowed to bring peace to them by sealing the breach and forcing the dead back into their world. He must face a world where the dead far outnumber the living and humanity has been lost in its efforts to survive.
2) What gave you the idea for this particular story?
TM: I wanted to write something zombie’ish but with a twist. I started out with the idea being a little more sci-fi but true to my nature, it slipped into horror/dark fantasy. I realized everything I wanted to accomplish originally could be done by making the character a necromancer and it just snowballed from there.

3) Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
TM: I write all the time, but sadly I’m not writing full time. I work a full time job and go to school full time and squeeze in my writing every opportunity I get.

4) When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
TM: I’d always been interested in writing, having attempted to write a book when I was still in eighth grade. It really sucked and I lacked the motivation to make it better. I’d written a number of things since then, such as poems, but I think there was just too much going on in my life to take it seriously. It wasn’t until fairly recently that I really felt the desire to make something of my writing.

5) What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
TM: I want them to enjoy it. I don’t write with a message or expect them to delve into my stories looking for some hidden purpose behind the words. I write solely for entertainment; my reader’s and mine.

6) Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
TM: I’m largely a dark fantasy author. I slip into horror, but I always find my themes coming from a more fantastical approach. I like writing about all things dark, and while I don’t restrict myself to any particular genre, I find fantasy to be the most satisfying.

7) What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
TM: For me, the toughest part is making a career of it. While I’ll happily write regardless of my success, my books collecting dust on the shelf, I have my eye on being a career author. It’s frustrating to wait on agents and publishers, release dates, and all the myriad delays that are built into the publishing business, but I understand it’s simply part of the deal of being an author. I simply tell myself to shut up and write another book while I’m waiting.

8) How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
TM: While Harlan Cole, the MC in Sepulchral Earth, is only slightly like me, my MC in the Demon Squad series, Frank “Triggaltheron” Trigg is pretty much me times a thousand. His bad attitude and sarcastic wit is me no longer bound the politeness of societal interaction.

As for them being different, I think they’re both stronger and braver than I am. I can’t see myself suffering what they do and soldiering on.

9) Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
TM: Absolutely not. While I certainly gear my books toward my perceived audience, I don’t feel any limitations as to what I can write. I think as long as either gore or sex has an integral part in the story I’m telling, there should be no reason to back down from it. I’ll go where the story takes me, be it sex or violence, but I don’t go out of my way to add in either.

10) What about your book makes it special?
TM: I think the direction the story comes from makes it special. While The Temple of the Dead is a zombie tale, it isn’t focused on a group of people trying to survive. The story is more about Harlan’s quest to bring peace to his family and the sacrifices he’s willing to make for them.

11) Where can people learn more about you and your work?
TM: You can find my books and more at, and I have a blog at (The Dark Fantastic) where I spotlight other authors and wax unpoetic about my writing and whatever else is on my mind at the time.

12) Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?
TM: I would advise any writer to go their own road. There’s nothing wrong with being influenced by other writers, but at the end of the day an author needs to stand out from the rest. Turn your ideas on their heads and see what falls out.

Excerpt - The Temple of the Dead:

Two years after the furious dead rose up to murder the living, the remnants of mankind face a brutal extinction. Wretched and broken, trading humanity for life, the survivors suffer under the inevitable shadow of death.

Aided by friendly spirits, the necromancer Harlan Cole wages war against the merciless forces of the undead. Driven to bring peace to the souls of his wife and daughter, Harlan vows to return the dead to their graves, or join them trying.


  1. Tim, the book sounds fascinating. I like the twist you've added. Best of luck with your marketing.

  2. Joylene, glad you could stop by and enjoyed the interview.

  3. Thanks, Joylene. :) And thank you, Penny, for having me. Appreciate the opportunity to talk about my work. Take care.