David Mark

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David Mark

David Mark spent more than 15 years as a journalist before securing a publishing deal with Quercus. His debut crime thriller, the Hull-based Dark Winter, introduced readers to Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy and has sold more than 150,000 copies, been translated into several languages and optioned by a major TV production company. The follow-up is Original Skin. He lives in Lincolnshire with his partner and two children and is now a full-time novelist.


Interviewed 23 August 2014

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Failure, perseverance, failure, perseverance, failure, serendipity, Val McDermid, published, shock.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Desktop punching bag, mini telescope, banjo, abandoned coat, a photo of my daughter with her head poking out of a giant ball of thread, bottle of Jameson’s, broken printer, throwing knife, pipe.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Carbonara, if you have fresh pasta. Use an egg yolk at the end for creaminess. Or order a pizza.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Dean Martin, Dave Allen, Billy Connolly, Stephen King, Katherine Hepburn, Dylan Thomas, Jimmy Connors.

Six things you can't live without ...

Books, my family, cheese, something to scribble ideas down on, a quilt of sufficient tog, QI.

Five favourite words ...

Effervescent, sartorial, entrenched, grunge, twat.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Sicily, Argentina, wherever they filmed On Golden Pond, and pretty much anywhere near Masham in North Yorkshire.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Fairytales of Old Scotland, Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin, and Acts and Monuments by John Foxe.

Two things that make you rant ...

The Conservative party, and people who use the phrase ‘man-flu’.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

It will all be okay in the end. The reason it isn’t now, is because it’s not the end. Oh, and try to appreciate having hair and being slim while you have the chance. And don’t turn down the chance of Emma in the leopard catsuit. You’ll break up with Lorna anyway, and Emma’s incredibly hot.