Actress Kate Tolle falls victim to an illness that baffles the medical world.
In desperation her husband Ben appeals to the public, and an anonymous benefactor comes forward. Soon the couple find themselves on a flight bound for San Francisco.
Where the enigmatic Merle is waiting.
Kate’s health appears to improve as people around her die horrifically. Merle tells Ben that healing comes at a price and questions what he’s willing to pay.
But what does Merle want?
And what is the chilling truth waiting out in the desert … in Las Vegas and beyond?
When and where do you prefer to write?
I do my most of my writing at home, generally mornings, sometimes evenings.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
I prefer peace and quiet to write, though sometimes I put on some (preferably) instrumental music
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I would have to raise the dead to get my first choices, but amongst the living … I think Stephen King would be fun to write with.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Don’t mind so long as I was the interesting one.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I would have liked to interview Ray Bradbury, Jim Thompson, and I would like to interview Lawrence Block
Where can I find you when you are reading?
I read at home, or down by a local lake, which is a place I often visit to jot down story ideas too
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Down by the lake, possibly, or out walking generally, or at home playing my keyboard
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Anxiety – what will other people make of it? What if nobody likes it, what if it isn’t any good and I’ve been fooling myself?
How do you come up with a title for your book?
I brainstorm and then agonise. Occasionally I wake up with a good title, or I’m out walking and a title just pops into my head. Titles are important, and they are often for me the starting point of the creative process, though not in every case. Sometimes they come later. I’ve learnt not to just sit around waiting for them.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
Usually with great difficulty. I try to think of a central image that conveys the book. Sometimes this is fairly obvious, but sometimes it is far from obvious, to me at least, and then it’s back to brainstorming.
About the Author
Mark writes detective crime fiction, and psychological and supernatural thrillers. He is the author of the popular Tyler & Mills detective crime series set in Staffordshire. RED IS THE COLOUR was shortlisted for the 2018 Arnold Bennett Prize and begins with the grim discovery of a schoolboy who disappeared thirty years earlier. BLUE MURDER involves a missing singer and a murdered guitarist, elevating an obscure band to sudden fame and fortune. THE DEVIL WORE BLACK unveils the mystery of a crucified priest. The latest book in the series, THE SMELL OF COPPER, finds Tyler out on a limb as the detectives uncover high level police corruption. All the books can be read as standalone crime novels.
Other detective mysteries include THE BATHROOM MURDERS. A series of women are found hacked to death while taking a shower. This is the first in a new series set in Manchester, featuring female detective Charlie Reed. TWIST has the eponymous private investigator returning, against his better judgement, to the city of nightmares to look into the strange case of a dead philosophy student. THE MAN UPSTAIRS introduces hard boiled Frank Miller, discovering he’s a fictional detective and that his author is plotting to kill him.
Mark also writes psychological and supernatural thrillers. SILVER finds journalist and crime writer Nick Slater obsessed with an unpublished manuscript that a best-selling author was working on when she was murdered, and which her family refuse to publish. SEXTET explores the twisted rivalry between twin sisters, the weird games they played as children, and the rising murder rate in a small English town. COFFIN MAKER is a gothic tale. Death is sent two apprentices amid warnings from an out-of-favour priest that the devil has arrived on Earth. Mark’s latest book PAINTED FIRE finds a writer travelling to America’s West Coast in a desperate bid to find a cure for a baffling illness afflicting his wife. An anonymous benefactor has offered to help, but at what price?
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