Be sure to read about this amazing author in my first interview with him, here! http://fallonnicole.com/interview-with-author-mark-david-gerson/
Since last time we spoke, which was 6-7 years ago, have you made any major accomplishments in writing, and how did you do it?
It’s been a very busy six to seven years. If last time we spoke, I had two books and a recording, I now have 11 books out, along with another in progress.
In 2009, my two books were The MoonQuest and The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write. Well, The MoonQuest turned into the first book in a fantasy trilogy, what is now called The Q’ntana Trilogy. And I’m pleased to say that its two sequels, The StarQuest and The SunQuest, have been just as well received. As for The Voice of the Muse, it has also became the first in a series, of five books for writers. These cover writer’s block, memoir-writing, screenwriting and “birthing your book.” Two memoirs and a book of spiritual inspiration top out the list!
I should mention as well that in 2009, my then-two books were only available in paperback. Today, all 11 titles (including a revised and expanded edition of The Voice of the Muse) are available as ebooks as well as paperbacks.
How did I did do it? Mostly by following (to the best of my imperfect ability) my own advice to writers, which, I guess, brings us to your next question….
Your advice in the last interview was trust your story and connect and listen to your work. Do you agree with this still, and do you have anything to add?
If anything, I believe it even more today than I did back then! If I’ve learned anything over my two-plus decades of writing, teaching and coaching, it’s that my stories are infinitely smarter than I am, and that if I just get out of the way, trust and listen, the results will be more amazing than anything I could have consciously planned, outlined or imagined.
Where do you see yourself in the next six years?
I’m not sure there’s any point in answering that one. That’s because if I look back over the past six years, there’s very little about how things have played out that I could have predicted in 2009.
What I will share, though, is some of what I hope for (while leaving lots of space for things to play out in far more magnificent ways!). Of course, I would like to see my current novel-in-progress, tentatively titled Sara’s Year, completed, published and a smashing success. Perhaps even more than that, I would like to see the plans to turn The Q’ntana Trilogy into a trio of epic motion pictures finally come to fruition. I would also like to see my Q’ntana stage-musical adaptations finished. (I have completed first drafts of all three.)
The only other thing I can (probably) know for certain is that I will still be writing. After all, in addition to what I have already mentioned, I have a queue of book, screenplay and stage-play projects that could keep me busy well in to my next lifetime, not least because I keep adding to it!
Do you have any new links, blogs or books that you would like me to include on the interview post?
Look for me pretty much anywhere online as “markdavidgerson”
A Bibliography of all his wonderful books:
• Birthing Your Book…Even If You Don’t Know What It’s About
• From Memory to Memoir: Writing the Stories of Your Life
• Organic Screenwriting: Writing for Film, Naturally
• Writer’s Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow
• The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write
• The Voice of the Muse Companion: Guided Meditations for Writers (recording)
• Acts of Surrender: A Writer’s Memoir
• Dialogues with the Divine: Encounters with My Wisest Self
• The Book of Messages: Writings Inspired by Melchizedek
• The Q’ntana Trilogy: The MoonQuest, The StarQuest, The SunQuest