Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
MT-B is the pseudonym of a successful businessperson currently living in the UK. He was formerly CEO of a pan-European telecommunications company, held a number of senior Marketing, Sales and Strategic Development posts in other ITC companies, built forty eight call centres and has most recently been active in solar farm development and other renewable energy initiatives. Now the poor deluded fool believes that he’s an author!
He has lived in Germany, Minnesota, Texas and California in addition to the UK. He is an inveterate traveller having visited more than sixty countries and has a particular affinity for volcanic tropical islands, dramatic seascapes, deserts, mountains and pubs. He is less keen on swamps, urban blight, taiga, tundra and 80’s revival disco bars.
He has eclectic musical tastes which tend to reflect a primary love of reggae, metal and punk. Having written extensively for the Marketing and customer care trade press “The Science of the Lambs” represents his first foray into fiction.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“The Science of the Lambs” had the working title “Suicide Bangers” based upon a comment on a friend’s Facebook post of a newspaper article about homicidal Nazi Heck cattle on a farm in Devon, UK. This, and similar articles about Farmer Gow’s murderous cows feature in the book’s Prologue as I explore our planet’s future history over the coming decade before delving into ebola, food contamination and food scarcity, in an amusing way!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to carry books around with me in my head. I can be occupied in anything other than writing when I am suddenly struck that a word could be improved or a sentence edited or re-written. I carry a notebook to capture these revelations before they escape.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Pynchon, Spike Milligan, Iain M. Banks, Iain Banks, Borges
What are you working on now?
I have written the first book of the “Doing the Business” series. I need to start the odious job of editing and aim to publish in November 2015. Then it’s time to start writing the second book in the series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Ceaseless marketing and brazen self-promotion.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Self-publish and be damned.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I’m still waiting to hear it!
What are you reading now?
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
What’s next for you as a writer?
Sell more books!
What is your favorite book of all time?
“Labyrinths” Jorge Luis Borges