Marcus Breathnach is a Irish self published author of the Eiru Saga, first in the saga is Were Inc Uncaged. A sci-fi fantasy series with codes in each book leading to a deeper insight into the expanding story line. His extensive knowledge of psychology and lore is shown in his work, blending real people with mythological creatures and placing them both in surreal situations.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was 10 yrs old I found myself writing short stories in school and that lead to entering a number of school contests, winning over half of them and getting my work published through the school for a short time, since then I’ve written 47 manuscripts and recently found the courage to publish my first book.
How long does it take you to write a book?
On average it takes me 8-10 months to a create an unpolished manuscript.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I’ve set a routine to work to, I want this to be my career so from 1-8pm I work on my writing, regardless what comes up I have to write.
Where do you tend to write the most? At a table, outside, coffee shop?
There was a time where I would take my writing to the gym or a coffee shop even on the bus, but my work was suffering because my attention was divided so I created an office space at home where I spend the vast majority of my time writing.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to write codes into my work, that could be insights into the next book in the saga or a insight into the characters back story etc.
How do books get published?
There are multiple ways, the traditional way involves a literary agent, publishing house, distribution & legal deposits etc. My experience however is self publishing with amazon KDP.
Where do you get your inspiration or ideas for your books?
I’ve always been a big fan of lore & myth which has helped me think sideways, thinking straight ahead is pointless, the queue is way too long. Looking at a rock and seeing a face and asking what would happen if a golem walked into town right now.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
When I was 17 I wrote my first full length book that I’ve sat on for 16 yrs so far. I’ll edit it someday, when I find the courage.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I not writing I can be found at the gym, charcoal sketching, hiking or trying to learn to sing, sometimes I try to perfect the kamehameha.
What is your go to food/beverage when you are writing?
Oh I can’t write without a strong coffee, a chicken stuffing with mayo toasted sandwich and a big bowel of Tayto crisps.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Just how difficult the editing & proofreading can be and how painstakingly long it can take.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written (fully edited ready to publish) 4 books of similar genres but my favorite oh wow, I’d gave to say either Were Inc Uncaged or Paramour Unbound.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story should have conflict, a statement, humor and a ending that leaves me with a question or two not answered. Intriguing characters and in-depth story, I like many others read to be lost in the word the writer has crated feeling what the characters are going through.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Oddly as a kid I wanted to be a professional wrestler but I also wanted to be HE-MAN so.
What is the most rewarding part of being a published author?
Without question the most rewarding part is when a reader gives you feed back on your book, when they quote a part of the book or can relate to a character. It’s amazing.
What do you wish you had known before you decided to write your first book?
The cost of self publishing in Ireland at least is ungodly & I have friends in other countries who have told me they been able to get funding or some manner of grants but in Ireland there is nothing, so its the classic struggling artist troupe.
What advice would you give a novice writer who wants to take on the task of writing their first book?
Do your research and do it all over again, there is so much more to it then you think, if your working a 9-5 job & writing afterwards its hard but write up a timetable and stick to it.
What advice would you give a novice writer who is about to edit their first draft?
Set aside at least a week to polish your manuscript before sending it to a professional you’ll always miss something and you’ll save the pro reader time and yourself money.
What advice would you give a novice writer who is having a difficult time finding beta readers?
If you have a online presence you could use that to ask for beta readers or you could find good beta readers on Facebook or Instagram. This is where I’ve had trouble myself but my experience on Facebook has been positive so far.
What advice would you give a novice writer who wants to publish their book for the first time?
A professional cover, edit & proofreading are needed before you publish your book, also don’t write your book title until after you’ve finished writing your book, that way you’ll have a better idea of what’s going to suit it best.
What advice would you give a novice writer who wants to market their book for the first time?
Spend money, it sounds strange but you spend money to make money, your book wont get noticed without advertising so helps yourself and your book get noticed by spending a few dollars/euro.
Sorrow, Betrayal, Symbiotic experiments, Magic, Sex, Love & Survival are but a few of the things awaiting you in the pages of Were Inc Uncaged. Alpha team (Captain Quis Podex & Corporal Knightley) quickly discover that Eiru is more than it seems when they free the only surviving member of Bravo team (Aisling Storm).It was then things turn from bad to hellish as they fall deeper into the rabbit hole of nightmarish beasts and enemies that come from the deepest darkest depths of fear itself. To survive Eiru’s unimaginable onslaught they would have to do the unthinkable.
- Genre: Sci-fi, fantasy, Action Adventure
- Number of Pages: 189
- Print Format: Paperback & Ebook
Is it part of a series? If yes, how many books are going to be included in the series? And where does this book stand (what number)?
Yes, its the first book of the Eiru Saga series, there’ll be 4 books with a possible 5th.
Who are your favorite character(s) and why?
Aisling Storm; she’s based on a real woman who is a great person & I try to show that in the character also.
Prince Michéal; he so fun to write because he’s the prince of all lycanthropes he’s actions can move from pure evil & malevolent to generous and loving in the same sentence, he doesn’t have limits and writing that is always fun.
“as long as I live, you’ll be my queen my goddess my inspiration”
Where can your book be purchased?
What makes your book stand out among the other books in the genre?
A prince of all lycans, a love story unlike any other, symbiotic parasites used as living armor & high level technology in a medieval setting.
What would you tell a potential reader (teetering on the fence) to sway them to read your book?
Its a expanding world with characters you’ll love and codes to crack throughout the book all the while you’ll be taken on an adventure that’ll take you to places you never knew where possible.
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