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!

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Torment Blog Blitz Thanks

My 7th novel, Torment, was published on the 5th August, and its release was supported by some fantastic book bloggers.This post is to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about the book via their reviews and the sharing of extracts from the book. Special thanks also go to Kerry-Ann Parsons (Chat About Books,) and Lorraine Rugman (The Book Review Cafe,) for helping with the cover reveal.

Heather at Bloodhound Books planned one blog blitz, including the following bloggers:

If you missed any of their reviews, click on the links below:

Bookish Jottings:
https://bookishjottings.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/torment-by-mark-tilbury-blog-tour-review/.

Amanda @ The Ginger Book Geek
https://gingerbookgeek.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/torment-by-mark-tilbury/.

Lou @ Avid Reader’s Retreat
http://avidreadersretreat.blogspot.com/2019/08/blog-tour-review-torment-by-mark-tilbury.html.

Philomena ‘Cheekypee’ Callen @ Cheekypee Reads and Reviews
http://cheekypeereadsandreviews.blogspot.com/2019/08/torment-blog-tour.html.

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Blog Tour Review: Stitched by Cheryl Elaine

Today I’m pleased to be part of the blog tour for Stitched, by Cheryl Elaine. Thanks go to Shell Baker for inviting me. Before my review, here’s the book cover and description:

A patchwork of lies and threads of abuse…Stitched is a gruesome tale of control, fear and brutality.
To the outside world, Andrew Brooke is a cop who’s obsessively committed to his job. But behind closed doors, he enforces his dominance and disciplines his wife, Emily, in the most inhumane ways. When his life begins to fall apart and his reputation becomes tarnished, he unleashes his anger and seeks revenge on those who dare to encounter him.
Emily Brooke is left broken by her husband’s hand, with no means of escape. Eventually, though weak and confused, she manages to flee. But is the life she escapes to a better one?
Detective Donavan has his own demons to battle following his wife’s death. Assigned a missing person’s case that leads to a series of brutal attacks, he follows the trail of a serial killer dubbed ‘The Stitcher’ – but will his own dark secrets get in the way of justice being served?
Stitched perfectly demonstrates how cruel life – and people – can be.

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Can Two Wrongs Ever Make a Right?

The title question is the tag line for my most recent publication, You Belong To Me.
It’s got me thinking about cases in which people have tried to seek their own kind of justice for crimes committed against them, or someone they know. Trying to seek your own justice could be seen as trying to get revenge or to punish a wrong instead of using traditional forms of justice, such as the police.

There have many real life cases were people have planned and carried out their own form of justice. Consultant forensic psychologist, Dr Ruth Tully, explains…‘Many people who feel wronged in some way have thoughts of revenge, but most people don’t act these out. For those who cause serious harm, the need to “get back” at someone can be a powerful and personal motivator. The perceived need for revenge can magnify emotions so that the violence becomes gratuitous or sadistic, with the perpetrator more easily able to overlook victim distress. Revenge violence can be an act of emotional expression, or the perpetrator seeking to restore balance or justice to the world.’
Read more at https://www.lifedeathprizes.com/real-life-crime/shocking-revenge-crimes-from-around-the-world-40611#Lw6BGqI0tQrh1kag.99.

I also wondered what people’s opinion on the question was? Can two wrongs ever make a right? Yes or no? I asked members of some Facebook groups what they thought. Here are a few of their opinions:

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Two Years Ago Today

Two years ago today, the first novel I had published by Bloodhound Books was released. The Abattoir of Dreams was met with a pretty favourable response and has since continued to receive positive reviews. When I first had the idea for the story I knew I wanted to say something about a topic that I feel very strongly about – institutional child abuse, and it’s cover up by those in authority.

Although some people are of the opinion that this sort of thing went on in the seventies, research told me that’s it’s very much alive and kicking now. The level of abuse and the status of the people who commit some of these vile acts is unbelievable. Let’s just say that it’s a huge mistake to trust some of those who purport to defend the rights of children. I could go on forever about how deeply ingrained paedophilia is in the highest echelons of power, but it’s up to people to do their own research and make their own minds up. I’m just trying to lift a rock and shine a light on it. Now, after two years, I’m very happy and grateful that Bloodhound Books saw the potential in the story and published it.

It was a difficult book to write because of the subject matter, but I wanted the book to highlight such an important issue. In an earlier blog post, ‘Giving Abused Children a Voice – The Abattoir of Dreams,’ I look at the cases I’d seen in the news that led to me want to say something on the subject, and writing the book.

There has also been a lot of discussion about the book in Facebook groups. Some readers have felt that due to the subject matter, the book description should include a trigger warning. The book description does say the story includes abuse and murder, but for some, that isn’t enough. I watched these discussions with interest as group members shared their opinions, and then I started my own discussion. In ‘Warning! This Blog Post Contains Discussions about Trigger Warnings,’ Peter James and Betsy Reavley, amongst others, share their thoughts on the pros and cons of trigger warnings.

One of the two young male protagonists, Liam, lets readers know his feelings about the children’s home he and his friend Michael are in through poetry. In ‘Poetry in Fiction,‘ I discuss how a poem was used to convey the character’s feelings, and how poetry has been used in a variety of other writer’s fiction.

The systematic abuse of children is appalling. The homes where the abuse takes place are like abattoirs; slaughterhouses for kid’s dreams. The fictional setting in the story, Woodside Children’s Home, is, sadly, for many children a stark and horrifying reality.

As always, I welcome comments.

If you’d like to find out more about the book, you can find it here on Amazon.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mark.