Fast 5 Friday: Marc Johnson Giveaway

He's witty, sarcastic and a self confessed nerd. He hasn't won any awards, but he does have a deep knowledge of Transformers, Star Trek, and The Twilight Zone - his top three geeky loves. He writes because he loves stories and hopes to one day have written something successful as a movie, TV show, comic, book, magazine, and play.

Marc Johnson also loves to game, whether it be video, card, or board. He loves to test his mind in the challenges they bring... Until the zombie, alien, or robot apocalypse comes...

And he's this week's Fast Five Friday. 

You can contact Marc via Goodreads  Marc's Website  Facebook  and  Twitter

Catalyst is available now via Amazon and Smashwords 

What inspired you to create a character like Hellsfire from your epic fantasy series, The Passage of Hellsfire?

I would say a lot of things inspired me. I first got the idea from a dream I had so that would be my biggest influence. But I think for a character like Hellsfire, it’d have to be 80s movies.

I grew up on 80s movies, and that was the best time for cinema. One of the main reasons I love those movies is that they have characters who don’t give up even though a lot of things get piled up on them. So I had to include that as the most important trait in Hellsfire. He doesn’t give up and will always try to do the right thing even though he fails or makes things worse.

What are three little known facts about yourself, that you'd be worried to tell your mother?

I’m not entirely sure what my mother would be worried about. She’s probably worried that at this rate, I’m never going to get married or have kids. That’s because as much as I try, all the good women are taken.

In any case, one little known fact about me is that I constantly look into an imaginative camera when I find things a little off and unbelievable that someone just said that, as in “a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.” I do it way too much. I’m not Jim or Eddie Murphy and I’m pretty sure there are no cameras around, but it’s bloody fun.

You're a proud and self described geek, what three gadgets could you not live without?

My iPod because I love my music and podcasts and also play a ton of games on it. My Kindle because I love to read. Lastly, my computer because I have to have some kind of machine to write on, watch TV, and of course, look at porn.

At which point in your life do you remember thinking, I'm going to become a writer?

When I was a kid, aside from watching violently entertaining, humorous, yet thought provoking, 80s movies, I also read a lot. I read books from Roald Dahl, Brian Jacques’s Redwall series, Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and a whole mess of other great authors. My love for those stories eventually made me try a hand at my own story.

I remember writing one of my first stories and while it was a blatant The Adventures of Milo & Otis rip-off, I enjoyed the feeling it gave me afterwards. I always try to capture that feeling after creating a story from the recesses of my twisted and weird mind.

And the weekly question, I love to support independent and debut novelists, do you have any words of wisdom for potential authors wanting to make the leap into writing?

Start saving your money NOW! If you going the indie route, you’re going to need money for editors and graphic designers. If you go the traditional route, you’re going to need money for postage, envelopes, ink and paper. Either way, you’ll need cash and lots of it so it’s best to start saving now.


  1. Hi there,

    I just discovered your blog and really like it!
    Here are my thoughts on writing and literature (scrall down for the english version):

    I'd love to know what you think!

    Have a great weekend&greetings from Europe,

  2. I'm a huge fantasy fan so Catalyst sounds really good. I love this author interview, as well. Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity! :)


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