Today in the spotlight, Marlon S. Hayes!
Marlon is a poet, writer, essayist, and author from Chicago. He is the author of View from the Sidelines, a collection of poetry, Touching Myself, an erotic collection, and The Perceptions of Beauty, a collection of poetry and photos. His story, "Daddy's Boy," appears alongside my own in A Journey of Words!
Author Name: Marlon S. Hayes
Story Title: Daddy's Boy
A man takes a long dreamt of road trip with his father, in an attempt to heal long held grudges and wounds.
What inspired me to write this story? After I wrote it, I realized the story sprang from all of the questions I would have liked to ask my own father, a deceased heroin addict, who was also a brilliant, talented artist.
How long have you been writing?
I've been writing since I was 11, but I didn't take it seriously until 2013, when I published my first book.
What genre do you usually write in and why?
I don't have a genre, other than plain fiction. I constantly challenge myself to write about different subjects, in order to become a better writer.
What else are you working on/writing at the moment?
Finding a publisher for a novel, publishing a coffee table book of poems, editing a short story anthology, and my main WIP is tentatively titled "My Calling," the tale of life through a serial killer's eyes.
What is your advice to new writers?
Just write. Follow the processes of reading, writing, rewriting, and learning. Repetition makes a writer better.
How can people discover more about you and your work?
Follow me daily @Marlon's Writings on Facebook, where I post poetry, short stories, and updates.