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Marcus is the author of Bloodlines (A Dying Truth Exposed, Book One). He is from the south side suburbs of Chicago. He has two degrees in zoology, and is interested in Native American and African American history, especially regarding issues that have divided families. He is a descendent of two Native American tribes. Some of the stories he enjoys creating focus on parts of history rarely talked about and revolve around genealogy and interracial relationships, particularly between African American and Native American communities that cause us to reflect on the choices we make especially in our teenage and young adult years. This focus is to help young adults see the bigger picture earlier in their lives. He hopes to fascinate your minds, to educate, to make you think about your family, and make you reflect on your own choices in life. He also loves the Olympic games. God’s greatest commandment is to love each other.
How often do you base your characters on real people?
I rarely base my characters off of real people. The characters may have a glimpse of someone I know, but they’re not based off the individual. For example, Annabelle’s bold nature is a reflection of my maternal grandmother.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I’ve spent months researching specific things for my stories because I want to make them feel real.
How many hours a day do you write?
This can vary usually one to two hours, but I have spent 10 hours a few times on a Saturday when I had nothing to do.
What are your favorite books?
I have several favorite books. Jurassic Park, The Chronicles of Narnia series, How to Kill a Mockingbird, Call of the Wild, just to name a few.
Who and what ultimately inspired you to become a writer?
I wanted to tell stories that are rarely talked about, and some of my stories that’ll be released later are meant to inspire people, and help them.
How did you decide which form or genre was right for you?
I’ve always had an interest in history and genealogy. I always enjoy writing things in a way that allows others to see how or why this person made this choice.
Are you a feeler or a thinker?
I’m definitely a thinker. I have to always work on that to be open to new things.
What inspired the premise of your book?
For the Bloodlines series I was inspired by the lack of history focused on the interactions between African Americans and Native Americans. A lot of culture was lost in these families especially those with a mixed heritage. A disconnect was created a long time ago between families, and Bloodlines explores the importance of knowing your family’s heritage. I’m filling in the gaps many families have, and I’m just getting started.
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