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Interview With Dion Marc

Congratulations on your recent release. Please tell us a little bit about it. What’s your favorite aspect or part of the story? Do you have a favorite character? Who/Why?
G’day Everyone My Name is Dion short for Dionysos I’m an Australian born author writing
under my real name Dion Marc. I live and breathe queer art. Whether I’m painting, writing,
sewing or dancing naked in the moonlight I do it with pride. I’m a practising Hellenistic
polytheist who believes in healing the world one hug at a time and that drinking tea without
a biscuit is a horrendous crime.
I’ve recently released my debut novel ‘The Last Son Of Venus’ It’s an Urban Fantasy centred
around Ancient histories and features many of the beliefs of Hellenism and real life event
that I went through all mixed into a fictional thrilling fantasy adventure that will take you on
epic journey.
Alone and in London for the first time, Alex Anderson is being hunted by the darkness as the
fates have seen fit to turn his dream holiday into his worst nightmare before he even steps
foot out of the airport.
An archaic evil hungers for him and will stop at nothing to possess the twenty-two-year-old
and the coveted secrets that have been hidden from Alex his whole life.
All that stands in their way is a two-and-half-thousand-year-old spartan Commander named
Nikos and his fellow guardian sidekick Jin; a pink- haired descendant of the goddess Hekate.
Nikos will move heaven and hell to protect Alex even if that means protecting him from
himself.
When boy meets man sparks fly and an instant bond is felt, a connection that feels as old as
the fabric of time. But Alex must first learn to trust Nikos and Jin while fighting his anxieties
that have controlled his life if he has any hope of surviving what’s to come.
The Last Son Of Venus is the first in the fast-paced LGBT fantasy romance series of the same
name. Featuring Queer male characters, High fantasy creatures, Magic and the True gods of
Old. The last son of venus will take you on a long multi-series Journey to a well deserved
HEA. So come and join Alex and Nikos and see what the Fates have in store.
Here a few of the 5 star reviews the novel has received.
Shifters. Children of the gods. False prophets. Magic. Chases and battles. And a fated
romance. Ancient mythology. Death and heartbreak. Steam. This book literally had ALL
THINGS!
When anxious art student Alex Anderson decides to go on holiday from Australia to London,
he almost ends the trip immediately due to flight delay induced panic attack. At the
encouragement of his mum, he gets on the plane. Once the plane lands, he finds himself in
a bizarre and magical new world that will change his life forever. When a mysterious and
sexy man named Nikos tells Alex that he’s not who he thinks he is and he’s in grave danger,
Alex tries to escape his mysterious protector, but when danger won’t stop following him, he
has no choice but to give in to Nikos’ guard.
So much happens in this book and I don’t want to spoil it, but it was amazing and I can’t
wait for the next one
– Trish Skywalker on Goodreads
I’ve been having great luck with some fantasy series recently and this one continues my
winning streak. Alex is an incredibly well drawn character and considering what he is about
to face, having him prone to serious anxiety attacks was a really interesting choice by the
author. His panic at even the smallest change in plans is palpable and when he is brave
enough to make a trip to London and is confronted by Nikos and Jin his whole world turns
upside down. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes
clear that he can’t just ignore what they are telling him as he is clearly in mortal danger
from “something” and is going to need help and protection. There is a nice amount of steam
here but also a genuine emotional bond between Alex and Nikos as well as some great
world building. Cannot wait to see what the author has in store next.
– Ida Umphers on Goodreads
I’m really proud of this book and I think you may possibly enjoy reading it
My Fav Character would by Alex as he is apart of who I am and this character gives my
readers a glimpse at my soul made physical.

Are you a planner or a pantser and How much do you know about your story before you start writing? 
I don’t really buy into the planner or pantser aspect of writing because for me whether you
sit down and plan out your writing or you just jump right in you actually end up pantsing the
plan or you then get to a point where you plan out what you have pantsed. So, I guess I
would say I am a planter – a combo of both.
I usually have a scene in mind or a character I want to explore which is how I start the
writing process and will play around with these elements which is then how I expand out
with the story. Sometimes I jump right into writing and other times I’ll develop a plan for a
scene or series of scenes and that’s how I get into the process. It just depends on the day
and how I am feeling when I sit down to write.

Do deadlines motivate you or block you and how do you deal with them?
I’m usually a last-minute type of person – which I think a lot of creative people can
understand, the more time I have, the more time I use to create and explore and then when
crunch time is coming I write like someone possessed because I have a deadline to meet. So
I think they can be effective in getting things finished. However, I hate the after deadline
phase because I struggle to turn my ideas off after everything has been locked in. There’s
always something new that pops into my head that I want to explore – but that’s why I write
series and not standalone books.

Do you schedule a certain amount of time for writing each day/week, or do you just work it in when you can?

My preference is to have at least an hour in each day to write and I have become really good
at being able to focus my mind and creative approach to fit these times – but to be honest if
I could spend all day writing and exploring stories and characters I 100% would. Depending
on other commitments I have that set time isn’t always at the same time each day but I feel
lost if I don’t at least spend an hour deep In a story each day – it feels like I lost an arm.

What was the most difficult part of writing this book? Why?
Oh 100% the editing. Going back and reading through sections of the book that I wrote
awhile ago and then matching that up with more recent sections was a nightmare. And it’s
always a scary moment when you take what you have written and give it to someone else
and hope that it makes sense is nail biting. It’s also a long process and I think where you
start to love/hate what you have created because any tiny change can have bigger impacts
later in the story.

How do you develop a story idea?  
I don’t have a set way of doing this, sometimes I just fall in love with a character and it
grows from there and other times it will be the story itself that motivates me. I guess a
common thread for me can be locations because I am obsessed with the old world and
ancient sites so seeing a picture of the Parthenon in Greece or the great pyramid kicks off
that little spark of imagination and I just have to start writing. Another thing I’ve started to
do is illustrate the characters during the initial creation phase so i have a physical
representation as i develop the story.

Do you prefer to read ebooks or print?
I prefer audio books, I have mild dyslexia and so listening to books is much easier for me. I
definitely prefer queer romance books, but I love any genre – and I gravitate towards series
rather than standalone books because I love to get immersed in a world that spans more
than one book.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
This really depends on what I am writing. In my book there is a traumatic assault scene, and
this took me 5 weeks to complete, and I was emotionally and physically exhausted when I
wrote this because of the subject matter. But generally speaking, it invigorates me to write
because it’s truly something I love to do.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Stopping ha! I really struggle with wanting to stop because I love the world that I create and
I just want to stay there and keep exploring and meeting characters. It’s always a downer
when I come to the end of a story so I find ways that I can keep it going. My partner usually
has to say to me “I think that’s enough now – you can explore more in the next one”. But i
would also say spelling. I grew up off and on homeless and missed a lot of the building block
years of school. I have zero issue spelling complicated words but the easy ones are
sometimes so hard.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
That even though you can’t spell, and reading is difficult for you, you can write and you’re
pretty good at it.
I can’t tell you how much that got in my way before I started.

What is the best money you ever spent as an author?
I would have to say Scrivener. Because I do a lot of world building and character
development as part of my writing process, and write scenes out of sequence and then do
elements of planning this program really helps me to have it all in one place and be able to
research and reference things easily. I know I would be completely lost without it.

What is your favorite underappreciated novel?
Sooooo many but today I’ll go with ‘The Guardian’ by Mary Calmes.

What do you find to be the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I’m don’t think that I do struggle with this if I am honest because I think your own lived
experiences can allow you as a writer to get inside a character. As an example, I might not
understand exactly what it feels like to be a ‘woman’ but I do know what it feels like to be
judged for my life and “choices” by society because I was born gay. I understand societal
pressures as a queer man, I understand sexism because I have faced it time and time again
as a male who loves makeup and fashion. so based on my shared experiences on some level
I can understand what it feels like to be judged as a woman. There are a lot of parallels there
so it can help to get into a different lived experience to my own. But in saying that there are
some aspects of being a female I just would never write such as a sex scenes between a man
and a women or between a women and a women.
I also have a lot of female friends and ask them often about how they might handle a
situation that I can then draw upon for a character I am developing.

What did you edit out of this book?
Several scenes with the Bellum Sarcum that just didn’t punish the story forward enough.

How do you select the names of your characters?
Because I have many layers to my books, character names are other elements that I use to
underpin the themes in my books and the characters own values and beliefs. So, I do spend
a lot of time researching the meaning behind names so that I can find the perfect one that
summarizes that character or what that character represents in the story.
I also spend a lot of time looking into history and there are some names of ancient people
that speak to me or to a section of the story I want to tell so that’s another layer I like to add
in.

What were your goals for this book? Did you achieve them?
Really when I started out, I just wanted to finish it and get it published – I didn’t have any
other goals – I just wanted to be able to get to the end. So yes, I 100% achieved all my goals
with this first book.
The second book I have the same goal but I would really love to be able to start building a
fan base that love these stories and characters as much as I do – which has started with The
Last Son of Venus, so I really just want to keep expanding on this with each book I release.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I actually don’t drive! So I’m never alone – I’ll either be with my partner or a random Uber
driver. But when I am driving with my partner we usually like to sing and talk about artists or
talk about whatever creative thing we are working on – so not much time for thinking.

What were you like in high school?
Oh gosh – I didn’t really like school all that much, being openly gay in a small town where
everyone knew who I was and with mild dyslexia and Bipolar made it pretty difficult for me –
and I had the whole emo thing going on but I was pretty loud too, so yeah… A loud gay emo
kid that was SUPER into Buffy.

What are the three best things about you?
I asked my partner shannon to answer this for me haha so these are his responses.
I am unintentionally funny
I care deeply about my friends and family
I have a strong drive for social equality and kindness
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Any ice cream can be elevated with Nutella!
If you could time-travel, where would you go and when?
Oh, easily ancient Greece – that is my spirit time, I can imagine being an Oracle or Pythia
and all the kings and queens and nobles coming to my temple where I would consult them
on their lives and tell them what the gods were saying.
I know I would be popular

Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Oh gosh this is really hard, looks wise I think maybe Leonardo Di Caprio or maybe a blonde
Zac Efron but I think as far as acting ability would go maybe Timothee Chamalet or Eddie
Redmayne because they have this kind of awkward way of acting that I think fits me
Is that arrogant? An awkward Leo? Hahaha

Thank you.

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