Today is an Interview with Martin Tracey. Martin is a new author to me, I’ve got a couple of his books on my TBR list & I’m looking forward to meeting Martin at the #DarkerSideOfFiction2017 signing in Peterborough on Saturday October 7th.
An Interview With Martin Tracey
Me: I want to take a moment to welcome you to Lou’s Luscious Book Blog and to thank you for agreeing to take part in my relaunch/rebrand event.
Before we get into the actual interview questions please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Martin: Hi, my name is Martin Tracey and I’m an author from Birmingham. I like to include Birmingham characters and settings in my books but I’ve also used the Peak District, USA, Romania and London which I guess reflects my personal enjoyment to travel. I wouldn’t say I write in a ‘pinned down’ genre as such, my books have a lot of variety in them, although one of the multi-author signings I am attending is the ‘Darker Fiction’ event in Peterborough and I would say that is apt.
I’ll start with the general questions:
1. Do you enjoy reading? If so what do you like to read & Who is your favourite author?
I love reading but for an author I don’t do it as often as I should and it takes me ages to read a book. Peter James is one of my favourite authors, his mixture of crime and supernatural obviously appeals to my own approach to writing. I also like Martina Cole due to her ‘no-nonsense’ approach and Dan Brown can write a mean page turner. Brown gave me the confidence to mix fact and fiction in my own work. For classic horror, I like Richard Laymon, but there are some great Indie authors out there these days and I’ve enjoyed books by DG Torrens and RH Dixon for example. Once I’ve got through my very long reading list I will be able to champion even more Indie authors. I also like biographies of people I admire.
2. When you’re not writing what do you like to do?
I love these 9.00 o clock mini drama series that appear on terrestrial TV, such as ‘Line Of Duty’. I’m a massive Beatles fan so listening to them is a must and for my sins I support Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, so I go to the odd game and either side of the match I indulge in another favourite hobby of mine which is sampling Real Ale.
3. If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
I’ve been lucky enough to go to some fab places: Las Vegas, New Mexico, Grand Canyon, Switzerland, London and due to the Beatles connection, I love going to Liverpool especially Mathew Street. I have Elvis’ home Graceland left on my bucket list so I guess I’ll choose Memphis.
Now for the author related questions:
4. What drew you to the genre of books that you write? Would you ever consider writing a different genre? If so which one?
As I stated I write dark fiction but I don’t believe that my genre can be ‘pigeon-holed’. I’ve so far covered vampires, religious cults, serial killers and haunted houses. My next book explores the 27 club. Readers of my books will notice how music is themed in my work, that’s because I used to play in bands and write songs before I took to novel writing and music remains in my heart. I have always been fascinated with the supernatural and things that can’t be explained so that’s why such things feature in my books – I like to push the boundaries of reality in my work. As a kid, the old hammer horror films drew my imagination in so that definitely had an influence. I would never say never to writing in other genres, it’s like music. If it’s good it’s good no matter what the genre.
5. Do you have a certain place that you write? (e.g. a writing cave?) Or do you prefer a certain type of atmosphere?
I actually like to write just lying in the bed!
6. Do you or have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so how do you deal with it?
Touch wood I’ve never suffered from it luckily. I think my imagination is too uniquely wired to ever have that problem.
7. Do you outline the whole story before you begin writing or just roll with the flow?
I briefly outline the story via a skeleton chapter plan but for sure the story evolves and morphs as I roll with the flow. I can’t write if I place restrictions on myself and the story and characters often lead me to have light bulb moments along the writing process.
8. Where do you get your character inspiration from?
I don’t base characters on people I know, I do make then up. They are often able to execute extreme actions all in the name of ‘the greater good’ and to achieve extreme poetic justice. Judd Stone from Mind Guerrilla and who is to soon appear in my book about the 27 Club is such a character. He is an anti-hero so I like my characters to be interesting and that perhaps makes them flawed and not perfect in certain respects. My baddies must be bad, it’s that simple.
9. If you could collaborate with any author alive or dead, who would it be & why?
Oooh, that’s a great question. I can’t pick one, sorry. But I guess any of the authors I answered in question 1. In terms of wider collaboration, I’d like to work with Quentin Tarantino, his outlook on revenge is right up my street.
10. Which book would you most like to see as a movie/tv series?
Sorry I don’t want to appear self-indulgent but it would be any one of my own: Beneath The Floodlights would be particularly good on the screen with the vampires and football elements. Mind Guerrilla and Things They’ll Never See could be good too though.
Finally is there anything else that would like us to know? Maybe a little snippet of you current WIP, or latest release?
Ok, so I alluded to this earlier. My current WIP is about the 27 Club (I don’t have a title yet), a term associated with the incredible number of artists and rock stars who have all lost their lives at the tender age of 27: Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain to name just a few. Anything extraordinary like this intrigues me. I don’t wish to give too much away at this stage, but Judd Stone who has proved to be a very popular character from Mind Guerrilla is in the unenviable position of trying to prevent female rock star Phoenix Easter from becoming the next member of this notorious club. Phoenix could well be the making of her own downfall, she is extremely talented but can be self-destructive by engaging in alcohol and drugs and living life to the extreme– she’s very rock & roll! However darker forces are at work and it’s not as simple for Judd to just protect Phoenix from herself.
Spotlight time, please provide blurbs, covers & links to your books 🙂
Everything can be found on my website incuding covers and blurbs:
Thank you for taking the time to join me and my readers today! It’s been an absolute pleasure having you on the blog. 🙂
The pleasure is all mine, thanks for the opportunity.