For this third episode of Writer’s Spotlight, we have Marlon Hayes – another member of the Scribes’ Circle that I have gotten to know pretty well over the past year. Like Jacklynn and Amy, he was also in A Journey of Words, and his story “Daddy’s Boy” is a heartwarming journey with a gut-wrenching twist. Marlon is a very accomplished and ambitious author, with many books under his belt, both in prose and poetry. He is a master story-teller.
Give us a short introduction to you.
I am a poet, writer, essayist, blogger, and author, inspired by everyday life.
How long have you been writing, professionally and/or as a hobby?
I’ve been writing as a hobby since I was 6, professionally since 2014.
In what genre(s) do you write?
Poetry, horror, suspense, erotica, sci-fi, romance, fantasy, and I think that’s it. I write in most genres.
Do you outline your stories ahead of time, or do you let the story grow as you write?
I outline occasionally, but mostly I “pants” my stories. I usually know the beginning and ending, then connect the dots.
Which authors have influenced and inspired you the most?
Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Stephen King, and Elmore Leonard.
Do you write in other ways, such as poetry, songwriting, technical articles, etc?
Lol. Poetry is my first love, and I’m a decent blogger and essayist.
How has your life experiences affected your writing?
Pieces of my life seem to sneak into my stories. Lol. The dark stuff, the beautiful things, they have inspired my stories for the most part.
What scene that you’ve written has moved you the most, and why?
My story ‘Daddy’s Boy’ moved me the most. The ending when my protagonist walks his father down to the river. Tears every time.
Beta Readers – Yes or No? Why?
Yes. Betas let me know when something doesn’t click, helping me to make adjustments.
What inspires your story ideas?
Life, observing people, and the “what if?” thought.
Do you belong to any Writing Groups?
I’m a co-founder of The Scribes’ Circle, an international group of writers, artists, poets, and editors. We’re breaking new ground on a daily basis.
Tell us about all of your works in progress (include your favorite snippets).
Alright, you asked for it! I’ll go in order of release dates. ‘Sippin’ Life at Lucky’s Bar and Grill’ is up next. It’s an anthology featuring an idealized bar, Lucky’s, as the backdrop. I finished writing it, uploaded it, then found two more stories swimming in my head. Lol. Planning on releasing this book in April. After that, either ‘Eleven Fifty Nine’ or ‘The Love Project’ will be published. A novel and a coffee table book. Stories in progress are ‘House of Illusory Dreams,’ a novel. ‘I Found My Reason’ and ‘Juanita’s Fried Chicken’ for ‘Sippin Life.’ Also working on a Western, ‘Over the Horizon,’ an erotic novel ‘Long Overdue,’ plus outlining/pantsing a story for The Scribes’ Circle’s next anthology. My story is called ‘The Death of Good Time Charlie.’ It’s going to rock. Lol.
Have you been published?
Yes, I have been published. All my work is available on Amazon if you search for Marlon S. Hayes. The Colors of my Mind was my first book, a collage of poetry and short stories. View from the Sidelines was second, a poetry collection. Touching Myself was the third book, an erotic anthology. Perceptions of Beauty was my fourth book, a coffee table book of poems and pictures. Watching for Potholes was my fifth book, a collection of short stories. I have also contributed to two anthologies, A Journey of Words by Scout Media, and Unbound by The Scribes’ Circle. Three more on the way by the end of 2017
How can readers follow you?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I always respond, unless you’re trying to sell something.
Is there anything else you want readers to know about you?
My favorite color is green, I love baseball, and I write every day.
Thanks, Marlon, for taking the time to share a little piece of you with us!