Mark Eyre currently works in the Middle East. He enjoys running (slowly), playing guitar (badly) and listening to the music of The Smiths (almost constantly).
His first novel, Burnfield, is available on Amazon and he has also written an IGCSE CIE First Language English study guide published by Zig Zag Education.
His novel, Tabnit Gisgo, Volume 1 of The Gisgo Memoirs, is also available on Amazon in e-book and paperback format
He is also the author of The Brantholme Years Series, a humourous trilogy set during the 1970s: Fighting Talk, Phoney War, Action Stations
It’s an honor to have you here with us today, Mark! Can you tell us more about your latest book?
I published Tabnit Gisgo in April 2012. It’s historical fiction, a genre I really like to read as well as write, and it’s a humourous account of a spy and his adventures set at the time of Alexander the Great. He becomes embroiled in the power politics of the period immediately following Alexander’s death and I plan to make it a series-there’s enough skullduggery, treachery and betrayal for several books.
That sounds amazing, and fun! Tell us about your main characters, are they people you would be friends with in real life?
Tabnit isn’t someone I’d particularly like to meet in real life, no! He’s completely amoral, a liar, a cheat, venal and he sell his own mother if he thought there’d be some profit in it. However, I do think he’d be very good company- as long as you didn’t trust him an inch.
Okay, lol…so use caution with Tabnit, got it. Where does the inspiration behind your writing come from?
I suppose a lot of my inspiration comes from reading- trying to craft a piece that people will enjoy for the story, the characters and the sense of place. I’ve always been interested in history and horror. My first novel, Burnfield, is I suppose a mixture of these 2 genres and basically I write what I like to read.
When did you decide to write your first book?
I wrote my first novel about 11 years ago.
That’s amazing, hopefully it’s been a fun decade for you! So, I know you’ve done some traveling in your life, is there a place that you would love to return to?
I lived in Singapore for 3 years and I’d love to go back there. South East Asia is a lovely place and the city itself is very vibrant and exciting. A lot of people criticize Singapore for being a bit staid and boring but it’s really not like that at all. My idea of a great evening out is to be sat in Harry’s Bar on Boat Quay, drinking a pint of Guinness and watching the world go by.
Ahh…that does sound like a great evening! 🙂 I ask all my writer friends this question, simply because I love to read the answers! If you could make one of your characters real for a day, who would you choose and why?
I suppose it would have to be Tabnit Gisgo. Of course I have an idea in my mind of what he looks like but to see him in the flesh would be an experience!
So when you aren’t hanging out with Tabnit, what do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I run to try and keep fit- well actually runnng is a bit of a misnomer- I jog-very slowly. I also play the guitar or at least I try to! I’m no Johnny Marr but then who is?
I like your version of running. I have a smiliar definition of the word. LOL Do you have any advice for budding writers?
Write every day, read every day.
Well said. What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?
I’m currently working on a supernatural novel. It has a working title of 1919. I’ve also done some work on the follow up to Tabnit Gisgo. It’s called Tabnit Under Siege.
Just to throw something fun out there…If your book became a movie, what would the opening song be?
This Charming Man by The Smiths
It’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions, get ready Mark!
Beer or Wine? Wine
eBook or Real Book? Real book
Beach or Pool? Pool
Sweet or Sour? Sweet
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Science Fiction or Fantasy? SF
Boxers or Briefs? Boxers
A Partner That Does Laundry or A Partner That Gives Massages? Laundry
Always fun, those Rapid-Fire Questions! Thank you Mr. Mark Eyre, for joining us today! I look forward to reading your work and seeing what comes out in the future! If you’d like to know more about Mark, you can find him on Facebook or on his Website.
Here presented for the first time in print- unchanged and, more importantly,
uncensored- are the memoirs of Tabnit Gisgo: spy, informer and occasional
purveyor of fine wine and figs to the gentry of Athens.
recollection of skulduggery, dissembling and lust takes him from the death
chamber of Alexander the Great in Babylon to the banks of the River Nile, where
a desperate battle takes place that will decide the future of the ancient world…
Oh, and as well as encountering the Great Conqueror himself, in all his
power-crazed glory, (along with the voluptuous temple priestess of Nimip, a
murderous Macedonian general who wants his blood and one enormous elephant) our
scribe also reveals his disgraceful role in the greatest whodunnit of the
Tabnit Gisgo: Everything in excess.