Today the Love Books Tour starts for FALL OUT by M.N. Grenside and we have a interview feature for you to enjoy.
ABOUT FALL OUT
The Player meets Get Shorty in this thrilling debut from Mark Grenside.
An LA screenwriter is killed shortly after completing his latest script, FALL OUT – a thriller destined to be a blockbuster but written with a secret double purpose. Echoing events from the past the screenplay is sent to a very specific group of people and will change their lives forever. All are connected to a movie that had abruptly stopped shooting in the jungles of the Philippines years before. FALL OUT exposes the truth about a conspiracy and murder that led to a half-a-billion-dollar fortune for a select few.
Follow the story of Producer Marcus Riley, who sets out on an increasingly dangerous quest to get FALL OUT made. From a powerful Agent’ s office in Hollywood, hidden treasures in Belgravia and a remote chalet in the Swiss Alps to murder at the Cannes Film Festival, Marcus teams up with designer Melinda (Mako) de Turris as they and the other recipients of the screenplay are pursued by an assassin from the past.
With clues cleverly concealed in the screenplay, Marcus and Mako unravel a lethal puzzle that for some will bring death, others the truth and ends in a cave with a shocking secret…..
Fall Out arrives May 2020.
ABOUT MARK GRENSIDE
Mark Grenside began his working career straight out of school at Lloyds of London, specializing in Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion Insurance. At 25 it was time for a career change and to dump the suit and tie so he started his media career working for Jim Henson and The Muppets. From that moment on he has been involved in Entertainment and nearly every aspect of it. Mark then went on to create and produce a number of television series and mini-series. At the same time he started a music management company launching million seller artist Neneh Cherry. In 2004 he arranged a $250 million buy-out of the Hallmark Channel International which was then successfully sold to NBC. He returned to producing a number of movies and mini-series.
He has recently somehow morphed into a serial entrepreneur and is now a co-founder of seed to shelf CBD producer Dragonfly Biosciences (www.dragonflybiosciences.com) and a founder in two separate digital companies…. but has also seen a very good return from his love of cooking in an expanding waistline.
A probably unhealthy amount of time and money is lavished on a collection of classic cars that he has raced all over the world. He enjoys risk and has parachuted in New Zealand, scuba dived in the Pacific, hang-glided in the Himalayas and even tobogganed down the Cresta Run. In nearly every case chasing after his wife who is utterly fearless!
He is now writing the follow up to Fall Out, entitled The Bastion. In addition he writes also puts out a humorous blog with subscribers in more than 40 countries. www.andanotherthing.com. Mark has two grown sons, two daughters in law, three grandchildren and lives with his wife, a pug and a French bulldog in Malta.
His first thriller Fall Out publishes in May 2020.
- Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey, please?
My background is scripts and screenplays rather than publishing. Originally, I wrote the book… just to get an idea down on paper and see if I could actually complete it! Then came the hard part in turning a rough work into a shiny book, so I spent time with story editors for advice, with whom I had worked with on scripts. Then a dear friend of mine who had a book published by Urbane sent them a draft. I’m excited that I’m able to share my book with a wider audience.
- How do you decide who to dedicate your books too?
Well anyone who has had to put up with me during the process! But in this case the dedication is to my wife. She has been a saint!
- What was the inspiration behind your latest release?
Aha! In fact there are two parts to this answer. The first is I had uncovered a terrific nugget of history that I wanted to wrap up in a thriller based in the movie industry. I wanted to create a world that references so much reality that the reader is never quite sure if what he or she is reading is fact or fiction.
People find the film world is fascinating. If you’ve ever been to a dinner party attended by a lawyer, doctor, dentist, broker, banker, designer, whatever, it’s the Producer who gets peppered with questions! Based on my history it seemed a logical place to set a franchise of thrillers.
Secondly, film making is by its very nature a collaborative effort. Much as I enjoyed my time doing it, for once I wanted to create something when I only had to answer to myself!
- Do you find it hard to let your characters go when you finish writing the book?
Well two of my characters return in the next book, The Bastion and they are the basis for the franchise; Producer Marcus Riley and Designer Melinda ‘Mako’ de Turris. As to the others, some did not survive. I’m enormously fond of one survivor, Ferdinand ‘Haribon’ Guinto, a wealthy entrepreneur from Manila. A man who skates along the fringes of what is legal but has some degree of morality. As he says about himself, “I am honest. Just not a fanatic.”
- What was your favourite read of 2019?
Difficult, as I read everything from thrillers to humour, to biographies with cookbooks somewhere in the middle! Over the years I have worked with great screenplay writers who also became fiction writers. I believe I even gave Antony Horowitz his first gig when he wrote several episodes of a long running TV series for me back in the early 80’s!
However, last year I loved Bad Blood by John Carreyrou about the Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos and Shadow Raiders by Damien Lewis
- Who is your favourite author?
Again too many! On the light side, Bill Bryson, thrillers Frederick Forsyth, biographies Tom Bower.
- Was there a point in your life that a book helped you get through, if so which one?
No question on this one. ‘Travels’ by Michael Crichton
- Is there anyone that you would like to mention and thank for their support of your writing?
Well I have mentioned my wife Kirsten and Urbane. Screenwriter David Wilks, editors Sherrye Landrun and Kathy Lederman all of whom gave advice on various drafts.
- If you had the power to give everyone in the world one book, what would it be and why?
Wow! Tough because everyone has different needs… but as a book that is uplifting and a brilliant analysis on our self beliefs, has to be the aforementioned ‘Travels’.
- What are you working on now?
A sequel called The Bastion. However, I am a bit of an entrepreneur with a number of businesses. Most important to me is Dragonfly Biosciences, a seed to shelf CBD company. We are in Boots Tesco Harrods, Sainsbury and most pharmacies in the UK. I strongly believe in the many benefits of quality CBD.
- Lastly, do you have any questions for your readers?
What motivates you to buy a book? The author, the setting and story, mood at the time, recommendations or even a jacket cover?
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