Welcome to this week’s Superversive Sunday Spotlight. Every week we will chat with a Superversive author that you really should be reading.
This week we welcome Superversive author, Mark Edward Langley:
How long have you been writing?
24 years (on and off while working. The last 4 constantly writing while being retired.) Path of the Dead took 20 years, Death Waits in the Dark took 2 years and my third novel in my Arthur Nakai series, When Silence Screams, too under one year, and is the most tense and disturbing novel yet. My wife actually cried and laughed while reading it and could not put it down.
Which writers inspire you?
Robert B. Parker, Tony Hillerman, Mickey Spillane, John D. MacDonald, Ernest Hemingway. Currently Anne Hillerman & Craig Johnson. I learned from them all.
So, what have you written?
My debut novel Path of the Dead, Death Waits in the Dark and contributor to 2 short story anthologies. Third book—When Silence Screams—has been turned in and is set for release in 2021. I’ve already begun researching book four of my Arthur Nakai series, Glass. And after that will be Midnight Harvest.
What draws you to Superversive writing?
I didn’t know there was a term for writing about reality and bringing truth to light about how it effects people. I’d guess I’d say because I want to enlighten readers to a truth they might not know about. In Death Waits, it’s a serious look at soldiers still dealing with the effects of PTSD 12 years after discharge along with the effects of fracking and drilling on the Navajo Reservation. When Silence Screams centers around three fictional girls (15, 19 & 21) that have gone missing. I want to bring into the open the missing and murdered indigenous girls and women that have disappeared from all reservations in the USA and Canada. In 2016 alone there was a total of 5,712 girls and women that disappeared and America doesn’t even know about it. Some were found alive; some were found dead and some have never been found. These are the things that aren’t shown on the nightly news. I hope to shine a light on them. In my writing I don’t shape thoughts—I give the reader information from all sides and let them make their own mind up.
What are you working on at the minute?
Book four: Glass, concerning the Meth epidemic that is plaguing the Navajo reservation.
Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
The ones I mentioned above; though I only get to read them sparingly.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
They can go to markedwardlangley.com and through there reach my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn social media pages.
Thanks for sharing Mark. Be sure to check out Mark’s books and be sure to check back next Sunday for our next chat with a Superversive author.