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Author Q&A ft Mark Tullius | Ain't No Messiah Book Tour | Psychological Suspense

Ain't No Messiah by Mark Tullius is on virtual book tour.  The psychological suspense stops at Readeropolis with an exce...

Ain't No Messiah by Mark Tullius is on virtual book tour. 

The psychological suspense stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt. 

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for $25 Amazon GC (4 winners) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
I grew up on Stephen King and am a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk. In the last year I’ve read mostly nonfiction, the majority being tied to my study on traumatic brain injuries.

What book do you think everyone should read?
The old me wants to slap the new me for even suggesting something so nerdy, but I believe everyone would benefit from reading Dr. Matthew Walker’s Why We Sleep. It’s very well-written and with more than enough information to make me change the way I view sleep. I was one of those I’ll-sleep-when-I’m-dead kind of guys, but this book changed how I treat sleep for both myself and my family.

How long have you been writing?
In high school I realized I enjoyed writing stories but I didn’t pursue it until after I graduated from college. My first shot at a novel was police procedural and my short stories were either suspense or horror. It wasn’t until 2010 that I began take writing seriously and began Brightside, my debut novel.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Characters usually come to me one at a time. I’ll ask my main character about his family and friends and go with the answers that seem true. Minor characters are based off ideas, people I’ve come across in my travels.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I want my books to be as plausible as possible so I try to research things as they come up. With Ain’t No Messiah I began to worry someone might see my search history and wrongfully assume I was researching crucifix dildos for my own pleasure. Nope, just had to make sure they were a real item, meaning there is a real demand for them, thus making the appearance in the book plausible.

Do you see writing as a career?
I see writing as an act that brings me an incredible amount of joy. I love creating stories and always will, but I also view it as a career that I’m finally beginning to take more seriously.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I don’t read for pleasure very often, but when I do it will be something dark. Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk are my two favorite authors so that’s where I generally turn.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I used to write with heavy metal music on until I realized how much it was affecting the story. Occasionally I’ll know the perfect band or song that fits a scene and I’ll play it low in the background, but for the day to day writing I have on binaural beats that are meant to increase focus and creativity.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I write several books but don’t recommend it. It is frustrating having multiple things to work on and a limited time to apply yourself to them, but it is nice knowing I’ll have a steady stream of books if I keep it up.

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Fight Club

Pen or type writer or computer?
Pen then computer. My friends make fun of me for carrying my yellow notepad everywhere I go, but it’s a habit I don’t think I will break.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
When I began writing, it felt like something I needed to do but I doubted I would be very good at it. I didn’t think I could ever be a real author, but I enjoyed creating stories and always felt better when I finished them. It wasn’t until I was much older that I began to realize how much of a catharsis writing is for me. It’s a place to purge my soul and spit out old fears. Even if no one were to ever read another word I wrote, I’d still tell these stories.

A day in the life of the author?
Fix breakfast and lunch for the kids.
Drive my daughter to school.
Go to yoga or jiujitsu.
Write for 2-3 hours.
Pick up my son from school and take the kids to jiujitsu and activities.
Dinner and family time.
After the kids are in bed write for another hour or two.

Ain't No Messiah
Tales of the Blessed and Broken Book 1
by Mark Tullius
Genre: Psychological Suspense

God has chosen Joshua to bring forth his new kingdom on Earth.”

From the day he was born, Joshua has found himself the recipient of death-defying miracles. His earliest memories include his own father proclaiming him the second coming of Christ. However, Joshua has wrestled with serious doubts about the validity of this claim all his life. How could he not, having survived a childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his earthly father.

Now, one way or another, Joshua is going to show the world who he really is.

"A compelling, if sometimes-lurid, picture of a faith gone wrong." - Kirkus Reviews

"Ain’t No Messiah is a beautifully-written book about one man's effort to find himself - and maybe even a bit of happiness - in a world bitter enough to greet even a supposed Messiah with abuse and scapegoating." ~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader

Mark Tullius is the author of Unlocking the Cage: Exploring the Motivations of MMA Fighters and dark fiction which includes Ain't No Messiah, Twisted Reunion, 25 Perfect Days: Plus 5 More, Brightside, and the Try Not to Die series. An Ivy League graduate, Mark lists Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King as the authors who most influence his own writing. He attests that attending Tom Spanbauer's Dangerous Writing workshop marked the turning point in his career. In addition to his writing, Mark is the host of the podcast Vicious Whispers.

Mark resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

Sometimes he’d take the blame, but most times he put it square on my back. One Sunday night, after a long day stewing over an almost empty church, Father grabbed my hand and yanked me along.
“You haven’t given the people the purity they deserve,” he said. “You’ve haven’t repented and begged God to cleanse your soul.”
Father opened the basement door and told the few homeless men to take my room. He shoved me down the stairs into the darkness. From the top of the stairs, he yelled, “I don’t hear no prayer!”
So I prayed. I said The Lord’s Prayer and a Hail Mary and some of the ones Father had written himself.
“Blessed God, I ask you to take your sword and slice off the infectious sins clinging to my mind and heart. Chop off the wickedness and rotten core of my body. Give me peace and purity. Make me perfection so that I can deliver your spirit.”

Father carried down the hard, wooden kneeler. He expected me to use it, but when he went upstairs I’d sit on my butt and act like I was suffering. It’s strange how your eyes adjust to the dark. That first night, I could hardly make out the stairs or walls. By the second night I saw spiders spinning webs and a whole line of ants devouring something the homeless guys had dropped. I couldn’t make out the demons, but I knew they were there.


  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:

  2. I think the cover and title are eye catching. Thanks for the chance.

  3. The cover is great and I look forward to reading the book!