Interview the Author Marcel Cizmas:
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I first realized that I wanted to write since I high school, but I never actually tried it until later on.
What inspires you to write?
Usually the love for the story, I get my inspiration from different places, sometimes it just comes to me so I get my phone out and write it down for later.
How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
One day while I was at work I had an idea which turned out to be the backbone of the story, and then later on I developed the other characters and situations.
Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
Yes I have some stories written that have never seen the light of day, if I get a good idea when I write a novel and I can’t insert that idea in the novel I usually write a short story with it just to ‘preserve’ the idea, some of them are short stories, a novelette. Maybe when I will have more I will publish them in a collection.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write alone, usually I try to make as dark as possible and I like to write in silence, because after I start a scene I don’t usually plan it thoroughly I like to let it develop by itself and see where it leads me.
What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite scene is at the beginning of Chapter IV, when the protagonist is chased by both the Wild Hunt and the Hellhound through the woods, and although there are other creepy parts where your hearts beat faster, this scene makes you feel you are running alongside the character through those woods, limping through the trees to avoid getting shot, desperately plunging into a ravine to save your life.
Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
The main character Michael Lambert is what I would like to be, I gave him courage and skill and a strong sense of duty and honor, but he also has an objective mind that is probably the only treat he inherited, I tried to make him to think as objective as possible but also I gave him a great amount of subjectivity just enough to get him in trouble.
What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I live in the places in my books, I am right there in the middle of everything, and although I don’t describe everything I can see, hear and feel everything that happens in my book.
Do you read? Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I read a lot, I really like Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft but I like many other authors like Camus, I try to avoid changing my writing based on every new author I like, not because it’s a good thing but because that would mean that I had to change it every other month.
What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
I saw this quote on the internet and it stuck with me ever since:
‘Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.’ ― Neil Gaiman
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
I don’t think I can give too many advices for now I’m still a beginner myself, but if I could tell you one thing is this: Never give up on your ideas and dreams.
What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
I never really thought about that, but I can think of John Cusack for the main character.
If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
A big knife I can use in a lot of different ways to make wooden spikes for hunting etc, warm clothes for the night because whenever I get cold my back hurts, and a diary to record everything, maybe I will become the next Robinson Crusoe
How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I get out with friends or I go visit my girlfriend. I also like to walk around with my earplugs in my ears listening to music, it helps me relax my mind.
Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
Travel around the globe I would like to see more than one country and explore different cultures and places and interact with different people.
Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
When I drink I like to tell jokes, I know a lot of them and people always have a good time when I drink.
What do you have in store next for your readers?
I will write another novel, I have two projects that I started I just need to decide which one to follow.
About the Book:
‘The Vault’ explores the supernatural adventure of Michael Lambert, as he arrives at a Scottish Estate to help an old friend from the Foreign Legion, Allan Craig deal with the supernatural events on his estate that began to manifest in the past year after the death of all his three siblings. It is up to the protagonist to uncover the mysteries that surround the estate and help his friend deal with his problems in a thrilling novel filled with mystery, magic and supernatural beings. ‘The Vault’ is a great supernatural story about the mysteries that surround the old Scottish estate, it is a story where you encounter different elements from folklore, like the Wild Hunt, a banshee and other beings that blend together with magic and other elements of the occult. All those supernatural elements converge into one story delivering a thrilling and captivating novel.