SORM: Please give the readers a brief bio on you the person and the writer.
MARCUS MAJOR: I am a bestselling author who has written three novels, GOOD PEOPLES, FOUR GUYS AND TROUBLE AND A MAN MOST WORTHY. I am also the author of a novella which was included in the anthology GOT TO BE REAL. I currently live in Somerdale, NJ and continue to write.
SORM: Tell us about your current book.
MAJOR: A MAN MOST WORTHY is about choices and consequences. The rash choices we make during the impiety of youth and the calculated compromises we make later in life as we settle down.
It's also about how we measure success. What is a person's true worth--the value of his life? Should it be measured by his assets, his earning potential, or by how many people he has touched positively?
SORM: Which scene in the book is your favorite?
MAJOR: The lunch scene with John and Josephine. It is the first time they are candid with each other about their mutual past. They unload on each other with a lot of raw, still unresolved, hostility.
SORM: What would you like your readers to take away from your book?
MAJOR: Hopefully, they're entertained. If it causes them to reflect on some of the issues discussed in the novel, that would also be great.
SORM: What satisfies you about writing?
MAJOR: I enjoy the process of the book coming together--from the first paragraph to the finished product. I like the lasting notion of a book. That people I may or may not ever meet in life may derive some enjoyment from words I've written.
SORM: Have you considered writing an inspirational romance or fiction novel?
MAJOR: I don't approach writing as fitting neatly into genres. To me, any book that inspires is inspirational. Any book that motivates is motivational. Any book that inspires thoughts of love is a romance novel. I'm not certain what types of books I'll be writing in the future, just that I'll be writing.
SORM: Tell us about your journey to publication.
MAJOR: I was very fortunate in that it happened rapidly for me. I wrote the manuscript for my first novel, GOOD PEOPLES, primarily during the summer of 1998 and the first hands it got into were those of my editor, who believed in it's potential.
SORM: What advice would give someone whose book is about to be published?
MAJOR: To have a thin skin. Work that you spent many months or possibly even years of your life on will now be scrutinized and criticized. Realize it all comes with the territory.
SORM: What is the greatest thing that has happened to you since becoming published?
MAJOR: Without question, communicating with people who have read and hopefully enjoyed my work.
SORM: How should a writer work with a bookstore?
MAJOR: Cooperatively. You're both in this together and have a mutual interest in the selling of your book.
SORM: Any advice for the aspiring writer?
MAJOR: To write, if it's truly your passion. To take the step from "story idea in my head" to actual words on paper. Even though it's sometimes difficult to find the peace, quiet, time and space to do so with all of life's responsibilities. What may be even more difficult is to look back years down the road and ask, "What if?"
SORM: What is the latest pager-turner you read?
MAJOR: STUPID WHITE MEN by Michael Moore.
SORM: What is something readers would be surprised you do?
MAJOR: I read very little fiction. I read predominantly nonfiction and biographies. History often reads better than fiction.
SORM: How can readers get in touch with you?
MAJOR: They can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
SORM: Can you give us a peek at what we can expect from you next book?
MAJOR: It will have the characters from GOOD PEOPLES and Kenya and Amir (from the novella GOT TO BE REAL) but will focus on the family unit as a whole.
SHADES OF ROMANCE MAGAZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. MAJOR FOR THIS INTERVIEW. WE WISH YOU MANY BLESSINGS WITH YOUR WRITING.