Mark Allan Gunnells

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Mark Allan Gunnells

Mark Allan Gunnells loves to tell stories. He has since he was a kid, penning one-page tales that were Twilight Zone knockoffs. He likes to think he has gotten a little better since then. He loves reader feedback, and above all he loves telling stories. He lives in Greer, SC, with his husband Craig A. Metcalf.

When did you know you wanted to be an author? Do you remember and can you share a specific time or story of when you knew?

I started writing at a young age, but I was probably in high school when I realized it was more than something I did but a part of who I was, a vital component of what made me, me. I just knew that creating stories made me happier than anything else, and I couldn’t live without it.
What do you love reading? What are some of your favorite books and authors? Why? 
I’m a big horror guy, but I love reading any and everything and I make an effort to read diversely. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Ron Rash, Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, Joe Lansdale, J.K. Rowling, Robert McCammon, Jasper Fforde…I could go on and on.
Tell the readers about who has been influential in your writing career and why? 
The television show The Twilight Zone influenced me greatly. I read a lot of King during my formative years too, and that had a profound impact. My husband has influenced me in that he has encouraged and supported my writing like no one else.
What are your favorite craft books? (For example, Stephen King’s On Writing). Why?
On Writing by King because it’s personal and accessible. Zen in the Art of Writing because it speaks of the magic and joy of storytelling.
What goes through your mind as you are writing? 
Not sure I can explain it. I sort of go into a zone and I’m living through the characters, and they are directing the story, not me.
What do you wish you had known when you first started writing? Why? 
That it’s okay to write for the sheer joy of it. Because that decreases the pressure, and while not all pressure is bad, too much of it actually kills the creative spark.
Do you have anything else you would like to share with the readers? 
I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy creating them.

Genevieve and the owl by Mark Allan Gunnells

Genevieve and the Owl – Mark Allan Gunnells

Once upon a time…a lovely young woman who dreamed of escaping the poverty and abuse of life with her step-father and step-brothers. Then she met a creature in the form of an owl that offered her three wishes. Could a strategic use of these wishes lead her to a happily ever after…or to destruction?

Nothing is ever as it seems. Ill-begotten wealth, fame, and glory come at a high price.

Featuring award winning authors and Horror Writers Association members, The Devil’s Due offers enthralling horror stories of underhanded deals gone awry.

Pre-order now for the Halloween 2020 release!

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