Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and thirty-ninth, is of novelist and short story author (and Flash Fiction Fridays contributor) Marc Nash. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Marc Nash was born in Holloway, North London, near but not in the women’s prison. Apart from his three years at university, he has remained living in the capital, working for twenty years in an independent record store and for the last five years for a human rights NGO in the freedom of expression world.
He has published seven books on kindle, four novels and three collections of flash fiction and has performed live, winning the Flashfiction Slam 2013 in Brighton, Sussex.
Marc also explores digital ways of presenting literature and has collaborated with a video designer to turn one of his flash stories into a kinetic typography video. He has just commissioned a second such video.
Marc Nash’s fourth novel “An Eye For An Eye For An Eye” sees him tackle a cross-genre work for the first time. The book is a dystopian police procedural thriller with paranormal elements. Inspired by the recent economic crises throughout Europe, it asks the question just how far can states cut back the rights of their citizens before the citizens reject the state.
Next year he aims to collaborate with a coder to put out a digital book in which the reader can choose their own path through. Marc has also fully storyboarded a graphic novel and will collaborate with an illustrator to produce it.
When not writing, Marc is the main carer for his twin boys, which extends to managing their football team which has given him more sleepless nights than anything to do with writing. Marc also reviews books for the Booksquawk review site.
And now from the author himself:
I started writing the type of books I wanted to read but which didn’t seem to be out there in any great number. Books that sought to engage with our world, to try and question our reality and how it’s constructed through our ideas. And the main construction of that lay in language, how we name things, how we put our thoughts together and how we communicate to one another. I am slightly less interested in telling a story, than in exploring why my novels’ characters has chosen to tell their story in quite that particular way.
My debut novel “A,B & E” is narrated by a modern day Scheherazade, a woman who prowls the beach bars of a Club 18-30 resort telling tales in return for drinks.
She is an utterly unreliable narrator who directly addresses the reader as if you were sat at the bar listening to her tales, as she seduces, wheedles, hectors and plays on your emotions.
In my second novel “Not In My Name”, the main character operates in the online world, hiding his identity, chasing down and stealing others, but the grooming he engages in is for a far darker purpose than sex.
My third novel “Time After Time” is not so much about a single unreliable narrator, but the almost infinite different outcomes of the same basic seduction scenario between the two main characters, as each time different factors and differing emotional states come into play.
I’m always troubled by what appears to be an artificial divide between genre fiction and literary fiction, since I don’t see why genre books can’t have language and metaphor as a literary value, nor that literary fiction can’t tell fast moving stories.
My new novel is a cross-genre book, dystopian police procedural thriller with paranormal elements, but places language and interiority of the main characters as its highest value.
You can find more about Marc and his writing via…
- Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B005K1KSOC
- Twitter: @21stCscribe
- Flash fiction on his website: http://sulcicollective.blogspot.co.uk
And more about Marc’s latest novel…
You can tell a lot about a society from its murders. And Simon Moralee can tell everything from its victims. He has the gift- or is it a curse?- of being able to recover a vision of the last thing murder victims had imprinted on their minds before death. It means he can identify their killers and describe them to the police to secure a one hundred percent clean-up rate. A gift he first discovered as a teenager when cradling his butchered mother in his arms.
His financially bankrupt society leaps at the opportunity his gift provides, by cutting the level of policing and detection back to the bone, as a yet another cost-saving measure. The few remaining policemen serve as Simon’s minders as they seek to protect their most valuable asset and the one remaining celebrity the State can promote to their citizens as a good news story. Only people are losing interest in his exploits, as they lose hope for their society with its murder rate spiralling beyond Simon’s ability to keep pace. And into this numbers game emerges a new threat, when a criminal mastermind with a psychic power of his own, challenges Simon in a psychological joust to the death…
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