Short, Sharp Interview : Mark West

PDB: Can you pitch your latest/ forthcoming publication/ project  in 25 words or less?

MW: Never Tear Us Apart (working title): It’s about two lonely people, at an out-of-season seaside town, trying to find one another. And a house that has an appetite for flesh.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

MW: Musically I’m never current in my tastes though I did enjoy the FUN single recently.

Probably the best film I’ve seen this year is “Skyfall”, which does exactly what a Bond film is supposed to, has some of the old humour back in it and is everything that the po-faced Quantum Of Solace wanted to be.

In terms of reading, my book of the year so far is Adam Nevill’s “Last Days”, which is genuinely brilliant though I’m currently reading Stephen Volk’s “Whitstable” and I think it’s going to give it a run for its money.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

MW: Not completely, no but I think you can turn it down enough that it doesn’t intrude on your enjoyment.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

MW: I’d like to write for films, purely for the process and the audience but theatre would probably be what I’d lean more towards – it’s immediate and the feedback is right there, as you perform.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

MW: It’s difficult to say, some projects need a lot of research, some don’t need much at all. When I wrote “The Mill”, even though I’d experienced bereavement recently in my family, I researched the grief cycle (which was unpleasant), TB and a whole raft of other things. With the new project, I don’t anticipate as much.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you?

MW: I enjoy social media – and use it – a lot but try to keep a healthy mix between “me and my friends, messing about” and “me being a writer”. I’m lucky in that most of my writer friends on Facebook and Twitter are of the same mind, so you’re as likely to find Stu Young & I taking the piss as you are to find us pimping our latest works. I try to be the same on my blog, some of it’s about the writing, quite a bit of it isn’t.

PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2012/13?

MW: I have two short stories to write for upcoming anthologies, appearances in the four or five more (stories already delivered!), two novellas from Pendragon Press and a PentAnth collection from Hersham Horror books that I’m project managing and contributing a tale towards (all the stories hark back to 70s NEL paperback horror and/or Amicus style films). Plus this novel to write.

STRANGE TALES, MARK WEST’S BLOG, IS HERE.

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