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.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Probably the most thorny issue to grapple with is . . . what to put in and what to leave out. The way I write is very organic and, for me, almost anything could happen in the story (and that is the feeling I want my readers to have). So it can be very difficult to make the choice that has to be made to go down a particular route. But, in fact, that is the real fun bit and I get a definite sense of satisfaction when I've managed to work out what was actually the best route (for the story)
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Massive variety. However, on my Facebook page we recently did a Top 5 thing whereby everyone dialed in their Top 5 tracks of all time, one each per day over five days. Here it is:- https://www.facebook.com/AndyBaileyMartinDash/?ref=hl
You'll see what my Top 5 was then; it changes all the time, so this week it's:-
#5 - Soft Cell 'Tainted Love'
#4 - Boston 'More Than A Feeling'
#3 - Abba 'The Winner Takes It All'
#2 - Iggy and the Stooges 'Shake Appeal'
#1 - Aretha Franklin 'I Say A Little Prayer'
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
OK, this is a great opportunity to thank Rick Ford (bestselling author of 'The Faradawn Trilogy') and Pamela Brough Sandiford (author of the award-winning 'The Burma Play'), both of whom gave up chunks of their valuable time to critique Martin Dash.
What book are you reading now?
'The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping' by Les Edgerton. It just goes to show what a snappy title and cover can do as it was this combination that first caught my eye in the case of Mr. Edgerton's book. It occurred to me that someone who could put together that combination of words in a title must be capable of producing prose that is entertaining at the very least and so it has proved. This wise-cracking comedy crime caper set in a vivid New Orleans is a joy to read.
How did you start your writing career?
I've been scribbling away at things for years but it was only with the Martin Dash idea that I felt I'd finally hit my stride. I spent the whole of 2014 writing it and have spent this last year dealing with its publication and promotion. The self-publishing route has, quite honestly, been fascinating and opened my eyes to a whole other world I simply knew nothing of. So - onwards and upwards!
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 (the first of the trilogy) 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.