Author Interview Books Podcast

Mark Shaiken: Author, Photographer, Musician…Renaissance Man!

Mark Shaiken

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Show Notes with Links:

  • Who is Mark Shaiken today?
  • I ask about his debut as a storyteller and give him 3 floors to present his elevator pitch.
  • After 41 years of commercial bankruptcy law, does he wish he’d left the practice sooner?
  • Fresh Start, Automatic Stay, and Unfair Discrimination…you don’t need to read them in order to understand the characters.
  • Many things to learn in his books! Vigenère cipher, IoT . . .
  • Unique POVs…first person antagonist/villain interspersed…we talk about how hard Clark’s chapters are to read. We discuss redeeming qualities in villains.
Book 3 in his legal thriller series
  • Did he ever have a client as horrible as Clark?
  • I ask if he had any cultural appropriation fallout from his series.
  • He tells us he’s not a very controversial person!
  • He talks about his greatest challenge as a writer.
  • He gave up the suit and tie…I ask what he wears when he’s writing.
  • No spider bite…which superhero would he choose to be?
  • Music plays a big role in his books, and I ask why?
  • We talk about his stunning photography and any disasters he experienced as a sports photographer.
  • Lightning round:  Jazz or rock and roll / oceans or lakes / Law and Order or Perry Mason / bagels or donuts ) listen for his answers!
  • His past interests: Baseball, basketball, guitar.
  • His past jobs before becoming a lawyer: road line painter, septic tank troubleshooter, forklift operator.
  • I ask what he wants to be when he grows up.
  • Shout-outs and ADVICE to writers!
  • Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)

Song links:

“Don’t Ever Change” referenced in Unfair Discrimination as Pascale sits at the foot of his bed:

“Blue Sky Afternoon” referenced in Automatic Stay

More Links:

author webpage:

photo webpage:

my photoezine:

Unfair just came out on Audio:

my YouTube channel (with the book trailers) :

Laurel Stuff:

When I’m not reading or writing or podcasting or snuggling with my granddog, I like to dress up! My $10 thrift store dress was perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Find my other work here!

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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

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