Welcome to my stop of the blog tour Drive-By Shouting by Mark Chase! Read below on the author’s thoughts on his characters in the book! And, be sure to stop by the other amazing blogs also hosting this tour.
When Matt Mann grabbed showbiz success by the throat, he also trampled on the dreams of Gram Kane, his closest friend. Matt has ridden the gravy train for seven heady years, while successfully keeping a lid on his old friend’s resentment. That is; until now.
Matt’s moral vacuum has now seen him betray yet another friend – but this time, it’s one who has the power to ruthlessly punish him, and take away everything that he’s achieved.
Drive-By Shouting is an exhilarating showbiz ride, with a bitter comic edge and a palpable undercurrent of malevolence
- When did you create them? Where? How? My book has two central characters, who are essentially two sides of the same coin. I have long been fascinated by success and failure in the worlds of music and the arts. It is unlike any other area insomuch as; two equally talented people can have very different experiences, due to a combination of circumstances, mental attitude and downright dumb luck. I wanted two characters who could explore the whole notion of success and failure, and so created Matt Mann as a charismatic embodiment of show business success, and Gram Kane as the flipside, embittered and seemingly discarded by life.
- What do you like most about them? With regard to Matt Mann, I like his self-assurance and total belief in himself (and in his rightful place in the world). He’s arrogant; but sometimes it takes a bit of belligerence to break through. Gram Kane starts out decent and likeable – but self-doubt does a lot of damage to a man.
- What do like least about them? While a bit of self-regard can be positive, Matt Mann is insufferably selfish and self-obsessed. He is also incapable of telling the truth. Gram Kane is a bit of a loser – but that can be great fun to write!
- What are your plans for them? The way that the book ends leaves a sequel very possible – and a few people who have already read the book have indicated that they would love to know what happens next. I’m in the same camp, I have quite a few ideas of what could happen, but it just depends on how cruel I want to be!
- Did everyone like them to start with or did you have to change them in any way? I think that both of my main characters have likeable and unlikeable traits; but I certainly didn’t set out to make them ‘likeable’. I deliberately drew them in this way, as it’s rare to find anybody who is entirely good, and very few individuals are entirely bad. Like most people, Matt & Gram are also highly inconsistent; capable of loving, selfless acts one minute and brutish egotistical behaviour the next.
- Are there any similarities with anyone real? Like most authors, I find the kernel of my stories in real life and then expand into an imaginary universe. There are definitely parallels with real people when I begin writing characters; but I find that I then morph and develop them as they go along and end up with amalgams of real people and entirely fictional ones.
The Author; Mark Chase Biography
Drive-By Shouting is the new novel by Broadcaster, Songwriter and Author, Mark Chase.
Liverpool born, Chase has been a TV Presenter on a variety of shows, including; The Survivors Guide, Sextalk (both C4), Breakfast Time, Going Live! (BBC1), Wideangle, Country File (ITV) and Toyah & Chase (VH-1). On Radio, he has hosted BBC 5Live’s After Hours and The Chase is On. Behind the scenes, he has worked as a Producer on both Comic Relief & Sport Aid and has written for several publications, including Esquire, the NME, Melody Maker, Maxim and Red.
Mark was the leader of the notorious 90’s band World of Leather, who released 2 albums and numerous singles through Sony Records. They toured extensively in the UK and Europe and sold respectably in Japan & Scandinavia, whilst skillfully avoiding the UK charts.
Prior to this, Chase had been a successful session musician & session singer, working with numerous artists including Belinda Carlisle, Taylor Dayne, Big Trouble & John Barrowman.
He lives in East Sussex with his wife, Jacqueline, and their 4 children.