Mark Anthony is a Registered Nurse who produced this work in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurse by day, writer by night, he created a world containing both hope and fear. This is the first book of the LIT series, a psychological, supernatural urban horror that allows expression of both the best and worst from normal people.
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How did the idea for this book come to you? What inspired the LIT series?
A nightmare many years ago. One of those dreams you ponder all day. Only this became bigger and started to create a whole world around it, a whole Lore. Demons, monsters attached to people with one goal… to cause harm by using their persons emotions against them. The question of if you knew your anger would condemn someone to an eternity of torture, how would you live? Was intriguing.
You wrote this book during the COVID-19 Pandemic. What was that like?
The world was a scary place. So many fears and so many uncertainties. I had just returned from Europe when everything started blowing up. Being a frontline worker, I think I channelled that fear and that tension that was surrounding me into an idea. Creating another world that was even darker than the real one we all found ourselves in! It was a form of escapism all the same. But the atmosphere and the surrealism of a world turned dormant by a threat was conducive to letting my imagination run wild.
What do you hope readers get from reading LIT?
Scared! Also a sense of the strength of the characters and basically a read that you don’t want to put down. It’s a great mix of horror and adventure with diverse, engaging characters. As a reviewer stated,
“It’s the kind of rare book that when you put it down, you spend the day thinking about the characters and what may happen next”.