Author Q&A with UK Crime Book Club

I recently took part in an author chat in UK Crime Book Club (on Facebook,) and got asked some brilliant questions. I thought I’d share some of the questions and my answers. I hope you enjoy them.

Would you ever consider one of your books being made into a film?
I think both The Abattoir of Dreams and The Liar’s Promise would make great films, but for very different reasons. One emotional, one scary!

Mark, I totally agree with that but who would you choose for Michael (in The Abattoir of Dreams,) and The tall man (in The Liar’s Promise?)

I haven’t given it much thought but, someone like Christopher Lee for the Tall Man (if he were still alive!) And the young boy who plays Paco in You on Netflix (Luca Padovan,)   would be a great Mikey if he could do an English accent.

      

Which was the last book you read that scared the life out of you?
The Father of Lies trilogy by Sarah England, but especially the third in the trilogy, Magda.

Does your girlfriend ever worry about you, sleep with one eye open?!
She does when I ask her to mimic being strangled! But never mind my girlfriend, I sleep with one eye open!! LOL

Can you tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?
Yes. I once mistook my daughters escaped hamster, that was sat on the arm of a rocking chair, as an orb. Thinking the house was possessed, me and my girlfriend fled downstairs. A sure sign my imagination was doing overtime!

What are you most likely to be arrested for?
That’s easy – my search history. I couldn’t get away with what’s on there!!

What advice would you give someone just starting out on their writing career?
Believe in yourself and listen to valid, constructive criticism.

Have you ever given up on a story you were writing?
Yes. I’ve given up on a story after I’d finished the first draft, and have one that I’ve written that needs a lot of work at some point in the future.

Do you have a process when it comes to writing the darker scenes?
They tend to run like a film in my head and I write what I’m seeing – which some of the time isn’t very nice! And sometimes it all happens so fast, I have to go back through it and try and make sense of it.

What did you do before you became a writer?
Lots of things. Was in the Navy straight out of school, then a postman, milkman, worked in the Mini plant in Oxford, and then had to give up work to raise my two daughters when my wife died.

Are there any questions you’d like to ask your readers?
Yes I would. I like to ask everyone, what do you think makes a memorable book rather than just a good read?

Eleanor Mary Mason.  I like believable characters that have some depth to them.
Donna Morfett. Something that stands out from the norm, something that you can’t stop thinking about long after you’ve read it.
Alison Willis. To me it has to touch me make me feel that I am in that characters life and that I’m feeling all the emotions they’re feeling If when i come to the end of a book where I’ve felt like that and it’s touched my heart and stayed with me that is a memorable book.
Valerie Dickenson. One that makes my heart race (like The Shining).
Livia Sbarbaro. One that can pull at your emotions. A book that will stay in your memory for a while…or one that can touch your soul.
Steven Munoz. When everything comes together- setting, characterisation, the story- so much so that it cannot help but resonate- for me this happened in Abattoir of Dreams several times, especially in the story of Michael Tate’s childhood and his dog Oxo – this will stay with me.

Thank you to Caroline Maston for organising the event, and to everyone who took part and asked me questions. I had a great time. If you want to ask me question, than do so in the comments below.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mark.

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