Psychological Romance Thriller
Date Published: 6/20/2015
What would it be like to have no feelings? No desire, no anger, no pleasure? Behold Martin Dash. A man who possesses stunning features that captivate all who encounter him but is also cursed with a medical condition that means he has no emotion to give in return. But one woman is convinced that there is something behind the apparently blank façade and sets out on a dark trail to uncover the haunted past that holds the key to the mystery; a journey that takes in politics, criminal finance, London's neo-burlesque scene and, finally . . . murder. MARTIN DASH is the first book of a trilogy that relates the bizarre experiences of a young man whose life was always destined to be terrifying as well as exceptional.
Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Throughout the course of the three novels in the Day-To-Knight Series Martin grapples with a fundamental question: given the trials and tribulations that he has to endure, is the struggle to live a human life actually worth it in the end ?
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
One thing to highlight in this respect, perhaps, is the constant challenge to remain true to your own voice – it can be very easy to slip into cliché but it is important, instead, to concentrate hard and push away the noise of other people's expressions to find your own way of telling the story.
How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
Martin Dash is my first novel that is actually out there, published, and I am currently writing the second in the trilogy.
If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Ultimately, I long for the books in the series to be filmed (I have the whole screenplay and soundtrack for each mapped out in my head . . . ) and the idea would be to mount a nationwide – no, worldwide – search (with much fanfare) for the one actor who has the two things that are needed for the role of Martin: firstly, the drop-dead looks that demand your attention, regardless of your will, and, secondly, an air of otherworldliness that suggests a preoccupation with something rather more serious than mere glamour. (This promotional stunt would follow the template created when the 'Gone With The Wind' producers launched the hunt for the true Scarlett O'Hara in the 1930s.) Preferably, this process would unearth an unknown talent but, if I had to pick an established actor now, I would say that the image of Michael Fassbender as David (an android!) in 'Prometheus' is the ideal. My Martin character was initially inspired by the look of the actor John Fraser as Bosie in 'The Trials of Oscar Wilde' – have a look on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88xQHaWNiXQ
When did you begin writing?
I've been scribbling things since I was a boy, really.
How long did it take to complete your first book?
One year (and that was doing it part-time)
Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
My all-time favorite novels are 'The Castle' by Franz Kafka, 'Le Grand Meaulnes' by Alain-Fournier, and 'Ulysses' by James Joyce, all for a similar reason, I think – namely, that they so completely take you to another place so you feel like you are inhabiting another life that is rather mysterious, as though you are dreaming. Books like these inspire me to try to do the same for my readers.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
The bit at the end of a full day's writing when you have a big, cheesy grin on your face because you know the time has been well spent in creating a sequence of words that's never been laid out before and will, with a bit of luck, form a greater whole that puts a big, cheesy grins on someone else's face.
Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Mischievous. Vivid. Compelling. Bold.
Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
This is a little difficult as my telling you what the second book is about – or, even, when and where it is set – would provide a clue as to the central mystery of the Martin Dash book and I don't want to spoil that for the readers ! Suffice to say that it will be as packed with incident, passion and humor as the first book.
Andy Bailey is a British writer residing in deepest Staffordshire ('the Creative County' . . .) His principal claim to fame as an author (so far) is the creation of 'Martin Dash' and his recurring theme is the absurdity and futility of human endeavour (unless you're on double time) and his writing seeks to explore the strange motivations that drive the endlessly entertaining members of the species, homo sapiens.