A Talk about A DIAMOND FOR HER: My Radio Interview

I had a fun, hour-long radio interview with Fran Lewis about my novel A Diamond for Her: Myths & Tales of the Winasook Iron Horses. I mean, what author doesn’t love to talk about their own works?

I answered a wide-range of questions about how the idea of the book germinated to some of the crazy stories and chapters included. I also talk about historical figures Theodore Roosevelt, Satchel Paige, Gus Greenlee, and Jackie Robinson.

Here’s an archived link to the interview if you are so inclined:

I do believe a Winasook Iron Horses player could have used this ball and bat. Enjoy!

Author Interview with Kasten Ladner

I’ve given interviews before to a variety of bloggers, authors, and websites. But when a senior student at my school interviewed me, it was one of the best I’ve ever encountered. His questions were thoughtful and well-planned. He showed genuine interest in my boring rantings about writing, and he wrote an excellent article for their blog, Senior Scribble.

Here’s a snippet:

“It was only the second year of Mr. Sasse’s tenure at the school that he began writing–and directing. When the previous drama director left, Mr. Sasse rose to fill the vacancy, having absolutely no experience as either an actor or a director. Sasse, rising to the occasion, not only directed the production but also wrote the entire script with a motley band of eager students. Since beginning in 2007, this remarkable teacher has continued to write and direct the scripts, heavily investing in the lives of students under his tutelage.

In addition to his full-length productions, Mr. Sasse has written numerous short skits, even beginning a new acting band, the Road Less Traveled (RLT) Players. The RLT Players, modeled after the Footstool Players, a crew of actors and actresses who perform short three to five minute sketches centered around one theme, have quickly become a Dalat favorite among students since its inception three years ago. The themes have varied widely from exploring the interaction of generations to probing the extremes of life, yet the skits continually stagger the audience with their poignant messages.”

You can read the full interview HERE!

Arts Illustrated: Author Interview with Mark W. Sasse

Arts Illustrated recently published an interview they conducted with me. Arts Illustrated is a wonderful website celebrating the arts. They profile artists, writers, dancers, musicians, and actors, and I am real honored to be chosen for one of their profiles. 

Click HERE to check out the entire interview and to browse their their great site.

Below is a short excerpt from the interview itself. 

2. Why writing?
I realize now that I’ve always been compelled to create. I’m not the scientific type – so I knew my creativity would never find its way out as an inventor or something like that. But as a writer, I can be an inventor of ideas – an inventor of situations – an inventor of stories. This creativity into writing took a dramatic turn about seven years ago when I wrote (with some students) my first play. Since that time, I’ve had the writing bug, and the ideas come at me from all angles at all moments, so I categorize my ideas into different genres of writing. I love writing novels for the intricate plots of a full-developed story. I love writing full-length plays in order to chisel away at some well-defined characters in unique stories. I love writing short plays (10-minute plays) because of the variety and creativity they afford. I even love writing musicals (though I am no musician) because of the melodies which are constantly rattling around in my head. Writing has become a compulsion for me, and I love everything about it. (Though it can be as frustrating as heck sometimes!)

Author Interview by Lit World Interviews

Ronavan of Lit World Interviews published a wonderful interview piece of yours truly. He has some great insight and comments, and hopefully even I say one or two things which are interesting.

Please head over to the web site and read the full interview. Here’s his opening paragraph:

“Colleen Chesesbro, one of our Book Reviewers here at LWI brought author Mark Sasse to my attention after reviewing a book called The Recluse Storyteller(review). I believe her words had the basic meaning of “INTERVIEW THIS MAN!” His writing style blew her away due to its uniqueness. Then she did another review and she was submersed in his descriptions in The Reach of the Banyan Tree(review). With that in mind the first thing I asked Mark Sasse to share with us how he developed his writing style.”

Read the full interview HERE!

And don’t forget, The Reach of the Banyan Tree is only 99 cents on Kindle through December 7. Please pass on the word. Thanks, everyone.



I had a great time being interviewed by the very perceptive Simone Da Coste. She asked some great questions about my novel, The Recluse Storyteller.  Below is an excerpt, and make sure you click over and read the rest. Thanks all!

SD: Could the tragic death of Margaret’s mother have had an effect on her unconventional behaviour leading her to not face the reality of her mother’s death and to fight her inner demons by using storytelling as an escape?  

MS: That’s a good question. Certainly Margaret’s mother’s death had a profound impact upon her. What it seems to have done is to sharpen her senses, making her especially vulnerable to the stories and actions (whether hidden or not) of her neighbours, whom we can assume used to have contact with Margaret’s mother. This makes the storytelling not an escape. In fact, she can’t escape from the stories and the truth in front of her eyes.

SD:  When people think of the word ‘recluse’ and the character Margaret, they will automatically think of someone who is a loner and they would say that Margaret is a hermit who has a vivid imagination rather than someone with discernment or psychic abilities. Would this be a fair assessment of Margaret?

MS: Not at all. Margaret’s neighbours, perhaps, have that perception about Margaret at the beginning of the novel. They all think she is at least a little weird and most probably a little crazy. But there is always more to Margaret than meets the eye and everyone who encounters her certainly finds that out.

Read the entire interview: HERE!

Round Table Chat with Annamaria Bazzi

I recently had a wonderfully fun Round Table Chat with Annamaria concerning a wide variety of topics – writing – characterization – my latest novel – and other tales of a more whimsical nature. Please head over to her site and check it out. It was very well done and exceedingly enjoyable for me. I’ll post an excerpt below. I hope you like it.


Annamaria – I love to write and started writing when I was about eight years old, wrote my first novels by the age of sixteen, and to my heartache lost the novel when I moved from Michigan to Virginia. Then real life happened and I raise four daughters and one husband. Now I’m back to writing novels.

Students? Are you a teacher during your daytime life?

Mark – Oh, I feel your pain. To lose writing, well, it makes me want to dig into that banana bread. And I tell everyone I meet now that writes to make sure everything is backed up automatically off-site! OK, enough of that. Yes, I am a high school social studies and drama teacher – a strange combination, I know. I never do the conventional. I was an English major that began teaching social studies. But I’ve gotten heavily involved in drama these past few years, and I love it! Are you a theatergoer?

Annamaria – I hate to say it, but no. I love ballet and opera, I love to see musicals, but have never been to see a play. Maybe one of yours will entice me to go. By the way, what kind of plays do you write with your students?

Mark – Never seen a play? May I borrow that butter knife to stab myself and fall dramatically onto the ground? Better yet, I’ll use it on my next croissant. Anyways, the plays we write are quite varied. We did a wonderfully funny comedy last year called “Grandparents’ War” and this year we are staging a full-fledged original musical called “Boardwalk Melody.” I love musicals, too, but this one may be the last one I ever produce! They are so much work, but it always pays off at the end. We’ll be performing at the Penang Performing Arts Centre in May, so if you have your Malaysian vacation booked, you really should stop in and see it.

Annamaria – I think it’s time I get my passport in order… boy that’s going to be a long plane ride! I’ll need to pack a lot of Dramamine. I’m sure musicals are very hard work to produce, with the singing and dancing on top of the acting. I bet you need a lot of patience to produce them.

You’ve also said you’ve written a novel or three, is that right? What are they about? What genre do you enjoy writing?

Mark – Is the Dramamine for the dancing or the plane ride? Both? OK.

Annamaria – Um! I guess I could try it for the dancing also…

Read the entire chat HERE!


My Newest Author’s Interview!

I enjoyed being interviewed about writing and my latest book by Linda-Barnett Johnson. You can read the entire interview HERE!

Here’s an excerpt:

8.  What inspired you to write your most recent story?
After I wrote my first novel, Beauty Rising, I challenged myself to write my second, and in fact, I don’t release a new novel until I’ve already finished the next. So I had an image of a woman looking over a balcony and seeing a man in a red hat. I wondered what it take for me to develop such a simple image into a complete novel. It was a challenge. And so Red Hat the terrorist was born – one of the four reoccurring stories that the recluse tells.