By Roy Keeler
I had the pleasure to break bread with and interview author Kerry L. Marzock recently. Kerry is a novelist in the horror genre and poet extraordinaire. We sat down to talk about where she has been, where she is headed and all things in between.
Kerry’s second novel, Raven’s Rage, Order of the Claw is due to be released on or around October 13th. This is the sequel to Raven’s Way and prequel to Raven Unleashed. The trilogy takes place in Philadelphia and the surrounding Delaware Valley in familiar places like Valley Forge Park, Eastern State Penitentiary and the Wissahickon Valley. You can read the series in order or you can read the books individually. Each novel stands alone but there are recurring characters who have “survived” the previous tales.
What can you expect from a Kerry L. Marzock novel? Crisp dialogue, strong characters, great action and romance (but don’t expect Jane Austin, think Rocky Horror). Her writing contains all the key elements of a great story which will hold your interest from the first page until the last.
Kerry’s first novel, Raven’s Way, was published in 2006 after 6 months of writing and 3-4 months of editing. Her current book, Raven’s Rage, Order of the Claw took far longer to complete and has been her most challenging creative effort to date. Sheer determination made Kerry stick
with this book until it was completed including several detours and taking an extended break to recapture her muse.
Kerry started out writing poetry. She joined the Soul Asylum Poetry and Publishing family in 2004. Prior to joining the team at Soul Asylum, Kerry published a book of poetry titled Sea of Emotion under the Publish America label. As Kerry’s poems became longer, she decided it was time write her first novel.
Pennsylvania born and raised, Kerry started writing stories at the tender age of 5 about Disney characters and super heroes. A voracious reader, Kerry is a big horror and science fiction fan. She described herself as a kid who liked to get lost in a good book. Kerry also has a collection of over one hundred werewolf novels!
Kerry took a long break from writing due to a lack of confidence. She resumed writing while recuperating from a serious medical condition. Kerry decided it was time to do the things she always wanted to do! Writing was at the top of the list. Bolstered by good feedback from posting her poetry online, Kerry has moved forward and never looked back. Kerry has been greatly inspired by author Laurell K. Hamilton and particularly her New York Times best selling Anita Blake series. Anita Blake gave Kerry the push to do the Raven trilogy.
Kerry has several chapters written for Raven Unleashed (book 3). She also has another book in the works called Scrolls of Sorrow. Instead of traditional chapters, Scrolls of Sorrow is divided into scrolls. Each scroll includes a poem. Kerry is hoping for a summer 2010 release date according to her blog! She also has an unreleased book of poetry and short stories called Along A Burning Highway. The poetry is light to dark. My personal favorite is her dark poetry! Kerry works full time so all this prolific writing takes place on nights and weekends.
I asked Kerry what her greatest reward has been as an author. She quickly answered holding a copy of Raven’s Way in her hand.
Kerry is a fascinating person and an incredible writer. I encourage you to check out her books!
You can learn more about Kerry L. Marzock and order her books from http://www.soulasylumpoetry.com.
Kerry has a blog which you can find at http://www.kmarzock714.wordpress.com