Author Bio.: Mark Kirkbride lives in Shepperton, England. He writes fiction and poetry. His debut novel Satan’s Fan Club is published by Omnium Gatherum in America. A short story, “Dummies”, can be found in eFiction’s Under the Bed. His poetry has appeared in the UK in the Big Issue, the Morning Star, the Mirror and anthologies.
What’s the best part about being an author?
The freedom to think and let the imagination wander is probably priceless. It’s the one “job” where you can be sitting there staring out of the window and still be “working”. My wife is used to my thousand-yard stare after a hard day at the typeface.
If you could work with any author who would it be?
I really admire multi-genre authors and would love to have worked with Richard Matheson. The breadth of his imagination was – is, for the books live on – amazing.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Because I watch a lot of films and series for my job, I tend not to watch so much TV at home. That is my writing time. Until last year the TV still used to be on in the background, simply because the flat we had was so small, but finally we moved out of London for somewhere with more space and I’m now very fortunate to have an office. I don’t have a daily writing target at the moment because so much of the current writing is rewriting.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Beginnings are daunting, with a lot of procrastination justified as preparation, and endings are nerve-shredding.
What are your must have writing accessories?
I write on a laptop so that I can work anywhere. I used to write in the car in the car park at work during my lunch break but try not to now. Another useful accessory is internet access because that’s the quickest way of doing those tiny bits of research that help anchor a story in reality.
What books have influenced your life most?
Late Hardy, anything by Poe, early Ian McEwan, The Secret History.
In 5 word or less describe Satan’s Fan Club.
50 shades of black.
Twins meet Devil at nightclub.
Uncompromising, dark, irreverent, psychological.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Path of Most Resistance.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?
“How does it feel to write a bestseller?”
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Above all, thank you. And if you’d like to be the first to learn about what’s next, please feel free to sign up for the newsletter on my website: http://www.markkirkbride.com/.
|Released April 7th, 2014
Rebellious twins James and Louise meet a man while out for a night of fun who invites them to join a dangerous and exciting club. While they yearn to join Nick’s club and escape their staunchly religious upbringing, entrance requires they commit a crime tailored just for them. The twins find themselves trapped in a shadowy world they only half-believe is real and contemplating horrible acts that no sane person would consider. But sometimes the most fertile breeding ground for evil is innocence…
Lisa’s Review: I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
WTF!! This book made my skin crawl. God, Satan, serial killers and a traditional family involved in a Christian Doomsday Cult are all a part of this book. With all of that in one book, you can just tell it’s going to be freaky. At first look at the family, they appear to be a traditional, devoted, religious family. Then you learn how disturbingly, dysfunctional they are. Outside of the family, there is a serial killer on the prowl. This book kept my attention throughout and the pacing was good. The conflict build up definitely kept it moving and ending was one I was not expecting. I recommend this book to those who like psychological thrillers with religious overtones.
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