Friday, April 3, 2009

Mark Bradley, Author - Part 2

We’re back with Virtual Book Tours Member, Mark Bradley. This gifted young poet will answer a few questions for us:

1. What was your self-publishing experience?

I feel a little ambiguous about self-publishing after my experience. I was pleased with the production, but because I'm not a good self-promoter, I haven't gotten the results I was hoping to get. For example, I've really only sold books to my friends and acquaintances, and their friends.

2. What steps have you taken to promote your books?

Other than the website and passing word through my creative writing groups I belong to, I personally haven't done much in promoting. If I could do it over again, I would have gotten an agent to help me with that.

3. I really like your poem, "I Lost My Appetite." It seems like it would come from someone who has been in a very long relationship. What prompted you to write it?
The inspiration is a funny one. In a writing class I took, we had to write a poem in which two people communicate without even speaking. I wanted to put a humorous spin on it and have the man just not get it.

4. I also like the poem, "The Last Chivalrist." What prompted you to write about chivalry?

I've always been a fan of chivalry, having grown up reading tales about chivalrous knights and such. At some point I thought about how it's not common today to see behavior like that, so that inspired the poem.

And, now for the two wonderful poems mentioned above:

I Lost My Appetite
copyright 2008 Mark C. Bradley

No words have been spoken,
since the waiter left our table,
but among the din of
forks and knives clattering against plates
and the silence between,
an entire conversation ensues.
Her foot whispers to my ankle,
asking it to pass along a message to my hand
so it would sneak under the table to return the favor.
She must be drowsy;
her eyelashes keep fluttering, and
she leans into her hand, gazing at me,
dream-like, as when I first met her years ago.
The sauce from her pasta must be sticking to her lips,
for she licks them every so often,
so I hand her a napkin,
not looking her back in the eye.
She tugs her neckline downward, her face aflush.
The candles are giving off too much heat,
so I douse them with my spoon.
The air reeks of burnt wax.
I need some fresh air,
so I drop my napkin onto my plate and
leave my wife alone.

The Last Chivalrist
copyright 2006 Mark C. Bradley

Nobody ever throws their coat
over a puddle anymore,
nor do moonlit serenades reach a woman's ear.
Who champions a lady and defends her honor now?
The armor, kept long locked away
in closets hidden from sight,
doesn't shine like it used to.
Besides, maidens don't like to see tarnish anyway,
so I go off to rescue my damsel
in plain clothes, unlike the suitors that woo her
with their fancy vestments and shiny adornments.
I know the real valor lies in the heart underneath
where true chivalry is not dead after all.

You can learn more about this talented author and his books at:

Barnes and Noble

Thank you, Mark. It's been a pleasure hosting you this tour. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work.

Please leave a comment and let us know how you like Mark's poems.

See you in blog world,


Nancy Famolari said...

I really like Mark's poetry! Thanks for including it.

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Thanks, Nancy.


Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Hey, Mark,

Joining VBT is a step toward expanding your self-promotion efforts!


Liana said...

Hi Mark,
I like your poems, and you are right: promo is not for everyone! I know that now myself. I use the web mostly but if I don't act locally I won't sell copies. They advised me to visit schools...maybe you should do that too!
Good luck!

Crystalee said...

Deciding to self-publish is a very individualized choice, but everyone should know the pros and cons before they start. Self-promotion may not be easy, but it is necessary, even for those of us published by small presses.

Thanks for introducing the world to Mark. :-)