Saturday 16 February 2019

Ain't No Messiah by Mark Tullius Book Tour and Giveaway!

Ain't No Messiah
Tales of the Blessed and Broken Book 1
by Mark Tullius
Genre: Psychological Suspense

God has chosen Joshua to bring forth his new kingdom on Earth.”
From the day he was born, Joshua has found himself the recipient of death-defying miracles. His earliest memories include his own father proclaiming him the second coming of Christ. However, Joshua has wrestled with serious doubts about the validity of this claim all his life. How could he not, having survived a childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his earthly father.
Now, one way or another, Joshua is going to show the world who he really is.

"A compelling, if sometimes-lurid, picture of a faith gone wrong." - Kirkus Reviews

"Ain’t No Messiah is a beautifully-written book about one man's effort to find himself - and maybe even a bit of happiness - in a world bitter enough to greet even a supposed Messiah with abuse and scapegoating." ~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader

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Author Interview:

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
The working title for Brightside was Average Joe. It wasn’t until I named the beautiful town that the telepaths are imprisoned in that I knew I found the title.

Who designed your book covers?
I generally draw my covers and then find a professional that can do them justice. The majority of my covers are done by June Ares, or at least the graphic design part of the covers. Jeff Campbell is my talented friend who did the illustrated cover for Ain’t No Messiah, the new Try Not to Die: At Grandma’s House, along with the rest of the series. He is also the man behind the animated trailer.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I realize I took a lot of chances with Ain’t No Messiah and it will definitely be a hit or miss type book, but I wouldn’t change it. Perhaps when I’m working on the rest of the series I’ll wish I changed a few things, but as for the story, I believe I told it the way I wanted.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Persistence. I began the book nine years ago, but put it down many times due to other projects. After Anthony, my old editor, made me realize I needed to completely redo what I thought was a finished version, I was tempted to leave it in my drawer. But all along I knew this was an important book for me to write, for myself, if no one else.

How did you come up with name of this book?
My 5-year-old son hates the double negative in the title, but I knew this had to be the title early on when the main character kept repeating it. I believe it will capture the interest of potential readers and the voice of the main character.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My favorite part of the book is the finale. It took such a long time to write the book, it was a relief to write the final scene. Plus it’s full of violence and that’s always fun.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Since I’m happily married I’m going to lie and say I’d want to hang out with Joshua. It’d be fun to train with him and see what kind of jiu jitsu skills he really has.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Most characters are created by combining elements of myself and various others. There were a couple places where I may have borrowed heavily from certain individuals, but I try to keep them as imaginary as possible so I don’t lose friends.
Mark Tullius is the author of Unlocking the Cage: Exploring the Motivations of MMA Fighters and dark fiction which includes Ain't No Messiah, Twisted Reunion, 25 Perfect Days: Plus 5 More, Brightside, and the Try Not to Die series. An Ivy League graduate, Mark lists Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King as the authors who most influence his own writing. He attests that attending Tom Spanbauer's Dangerous Writing workshop marked the turning point in his career. In addition to his writing, Mark is the host of the podcast Vicious Whispers.Mark resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.

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1 comment:

  1. I believe "About the book" could give a little more detail, since "About the Author" states it explores MMA. I find that I may read this book, since I do like a good psychological suspense book. I also like MMA.