This week I’d like you all to welcome author Marc Nash to the floor in the Thursday Throng interview. Marc is based in the UK and has developed an unusual writing style in this weeks book, Time after Time.
Time after Time describes itself on Amazon as Terminator meets Attack the Block,. It’s set in both a futuristic society where men have been emasculated and women rule the roost; and a council housing estate in the present time. The premise is simple, go back, kill the mother that spawned the child who changed the world and, like magic, men will once again be men. However, as we know from our quantum physics, there are many ways to kill a cat and we can’t be sure they’ve worked unless we open the box. Therefore the parallel universe must also be considered and each one has a potentially different outcome. Our hero, or is it anti-hero, must overcome the woman many times and the writing style Marc has adopted reflects this very eclectic approach. This is definitely a book to get your head around and it probably wouldn’t work for those who like a linear sort of story. But it is hilarious and the visual imagery Marc employees in different ways has made me see my other half in a potentially different light indeed. If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett or Hitch Hikers Guide then you might just find this a book to match them. I loved it.
Welcome to Woman on the Edge of Reality Marc and my interview starts with the question ‘What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?‘
That I still hanker after playing bass guitar in a rock band even at the age of nearly 50
How did you choose a title for your book?
There are 40 songs referred to in the book as the DJ character plays them for the soundtrack to the couple who are the central characters. or maybe it’s more than just soundtracking them… During the writing, the songs kept changing as I found more appropriate ones. One of those late discoveries was Cindy Lauper’s “Time After Time” and since the novel is about time travel and alternate universes playing over the same scenario with different outcomes, there was the perfect title for the novel. Yay, thanks Cindy!
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
The lack of sleep when you’re on a writing binge. Even if I go to bed, for the next two hours my mind is racing with forming sentences and plot strands as if I’m still sat down at my writing desk. I’m ravaged for the next day, but it’s worth it if I recall the majority of those flurrying ideas. The other thing is I don’t let myself read when I’m writing a novel, in case such ideas unconsciously get absorbed into my own writing. When I’ve finished writing a book, I’m usually desperate to read somebody else’s work.
Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?
I can’t speak for non-fiction, but the cultism of all genres in fiction saddens me. The ever-refinined and shrinking down of genres into sub-genres seems to me to diminish reader, author and book alike. pigeoneholing a book so narrowly as if to suggest that anyone outside the cult of Steampunk, or chicklit, or urban fantasy or literary fiction couldn’t possibly enjoy such a book. Jane Austen wasn’t writing Romance or Chicklit. She was just writing Fiction right? These divisions are a relatively new thing and I blame marketers and publishing sales teams.
Have you ever written naked?
Oh yes. I’ve written in the bath, on the toilet, lying in bed, on the bus and train (though admittedly not naked). I’ve read in character in a dress, in a towelling robe, with a hen’s veil-cum-devil’s horns and lying down on the floor with the audience all stood over me. There are pictures of most of these incriminating me somewhere in cyberspace!
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
Martin Sheen, I think he’d get the intensity, though I’m not sure if he does comedy as well? Definitely not Charlie, let’s not get any administrative errors on that particular contract please!
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
Just 2. The first is to probe deep into your psyche exactly what being a writer means to you. What would it take to be a success in your terms? If you sort out these questions in your own mind, I think it will stand you in good stead for keeping a sense of perspective when all the stuff about rejection letters, reviews, poor, middling or good sales come your way. The second is to stay true to your own vision. You’re going to get a lot of advice along the way. A lot of it conflicting. How do you know how to sort through what’s helpful and what’s not? Often you can’t. So go back to your original conception of any writing project. You were probably right with it. Also trust in yourself as a writer right? The reasons you got into writing (see point 1).
Are you jealous of other writers?
I’ve never understood any writer who is. I genuinely don’t see myself in competition with any fellow writer. No writer takes sales away from me and I don’t take sales away from any writer. The scale of the book-buying public is so great, that if a reader prefers an author similar to me and buys that book, it neither means that they might not come back for my book later, or that there aren’t other readers who opt for my book before the other writer’s book.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Writing is what keeps me sane from all the other stresses of life, work, family, bills. Writing lets me blow off steam by putting my characters through unspeakable burdens as they shoulder the load from my real life! Poor them.
What was the most important thing you learned at school?
How to reference things in books and track down things. Of course this has all been made ridiculously easy with the internet now. Still, it’s a useful skill to have I think.
If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?
I think i would hide it in a dissection lab of a University anatomy class. Failing that, find a sports’ team on the decline so that their home stadium has plenty of vacant seats… You can see where this one is heading right?
Where to Meet Marc online and find out more about his books and writing
Marc has his own blog at sulcicollective.blogspot.co.uk and can be found on both Twitter and YouTube. He also has a complete playlist of the music that accompanies Time after Time, and you can find this on his blog music page here time-after-time-music.html
If you’d like to grab yourself a copy of Time after Time then you can pick it up on Amazon in the UK and on Amazon in the US. You’ll also find Marc on Goodreads and you’ll find my review of his book there too.
Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?
These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.
If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/