One of the things we want to do here at Trust & Treachery is give you a chance to get to meet our authors. Over the next few weeks, you will see bios and Q&As for our amazing contributors. Today is Mark Mills. Stay tuned as additional authors are added every Monday.
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You may know him as the perverted Shakespeare fan in Live Nude Shakespeare or that stupid donut-eating cop (“Up yer ass!”) in Evil Ambitions but doing and saying stupid things is only a small part of Mark Mills’ repertoire. Well, actually it’s a pretty large part but he’s also worked on lighting, continuity, sound mikes, props, general set-up, and anything else that needs done. Education-wise, he’s no slouch. In fact he knows that “education-wise” isn’t a proper word. He’s earned a B.A. in English Lit., a B.A. in Communications, and an M.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing. He’s taught at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University. He’s also sold memberships to the Cincinnati Zoo but that doesn’t sound nearly as impressive.
Besides Evil Ambitions and Live Nude Shakespeare, he’s worked with Independent Edge on Chickboxin’ Underground as well as other Cincinnati-based projects like Zombie Cult Massacre, No Second Chances, and April’s Fool. He’s produced comedy programs, music videos, political roundtables, computer animation, and since the spring of 1997, he’s been a committee member of the Performance and Time Arts Series, recording and editing the performances of various types of visual artists.
Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
Two short stories published in Pill Hill Press anthologies and work on an upcoming short film.
What inspired you to write this story?
1. General sad thoughts about the Gulf War and corporations. 2. People always look back at the past as good old days. 3. Civil War re-enactments draw far more rebels than Union soldiers. 4. Everything blurring together in my mind.
What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
In high school my trinity was composed of Keith Laumer, Harlan Ellison, and Mike Resnick.
What are you reading now?
Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi
What are your current projects?
A fantasy novel, two nonfiction books about legal issues, many short stories, and crew work on a short film.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep track of your output. It’s easy to convince yourself you’re doing more than you really are.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Um, carry on. (I’m at a loss for this one.)
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“Art is either plagiarism or revolution,” Paul Gauguin. It reminds me that in writing, it’s easy to get lazy, either letting others’ influences affect you or just repeating yourself.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Corny but I’ll have to go with my kids.
What inspires you to write and why?
I’ve always wanted to tell stories and have always had strange thoughts and daydreams that I like to record.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I was told (correctly) that I was basically writing the same sort of story over and over again. That made me take chances and try new types of stories. The best and cruelest compliment has been when editors rejected my work.
Tell us something unusual (or fun) about you.
I have many small, harmless pets that can be kept in good health: hissing cockroaches, millipedes, planaria, and snails.