Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Mark Binmore (born 1971) is a British novelist, author of Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets and many other books. In 2015 Mark was ranked one of Britain’s 100 new influential LGBTQ writers. It was declared that ‘he is widely regarded as one of Britain’s most promising novelists, quite regardless of sexuality’. Some of the novels by Mark Binmore are engaged in the excavation of secret histories in the teasing out and restoration of events that have taken place beneath the surface of society. Mark was the subject of Tour De Europa (2015) a book by Chris Henson who followed Mark on his book tour and wrote an observational account of a new author on the road.
Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets (2014) is a fictional memoir of a beautiful, bright young thing Stephen Wallingford. Flitting between the past and present, an account of loss, love, regret is explained through the means of an interview. The book was nominated for two international book awards and is currently being adapted for film. A Life Of Parties (2015) takes one character featured in Trumpets, Agatha Dewsbury and her life story is presented as a fictional biography. In her short life, Agatha changed from a suburban daughter to a darling of the newspaper gossip pages only to be scandalized and shamefully snubbed and ignored by friends and common folk alike. Both Trumpets and Parties were published together in one special edition Simply Divine (2015).
A Sorta Fairytale (2015) brings together his complete collection of short stories and prose with new liner notes. The collection features all works previously published in Even When Tonight Is Over (2010), The Hair Of The Hound (2011), Hounds Of Winter (2013) Jig Of Life (2014) Soon Before The Sun (2014) and Ember Asleep (2014). Jig Of Life was published in USA and Canada as The J.
Take Down The Flags (2016) gives stories, poems and memories from May 1945 and has reflections of war from both sides, a chance to look back, to echo on a period of conflict., to laugh, to cry, to relive the pain, the sorrow and the gratitude, but most of all, to make you live again.
Two novels are currently in the works alongside two collections of recipes, Christmas and Kitchen and a co-authored project with Jim Harm provisionally titled Kiss The Sky. Mark has also published two memoirs, In Search Of The Fabulous People (2013) and Reflections – Through The Orb Window (2016). Initial copies of Ember Asleep came with a bonus music disc titled Aspects Of Ember Asleep featuring six pieces set to music which was produced by Mark. A single Vortex has also been released. Two additional novels have been published under a nom de plum.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Simply Divine was a two books in one special edition featuring my two books – Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets – and – A Life Of Parties. Both were fictional biographies with Trumpets being a part interview, part memoir and Parties being a straightforward biography. The twist is that all characters featured in both books ever existed in the formal sense but the world they are in did.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have been known to be with friends for lunch or dinner and suddenly appear as if I am bored with the whole process when in actual fact my ears are listening to a conversation that has highlighted a name or event that interest me so I get out my notebook, jot down a few things and then rejoin the table. My friends now see this as part of the course.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
At the moment I am buying and collecting many books from Vintage, a publishing arm which is reprinting classic whodunit mystery books from the 1020s and 30s. These long forgotten gems are amazing and really take you back to a decadent era.
What are you working on now?
Lots of title and ideas are currently being edited into some book form. I have a huge collection of new prose being completed – Nemesis – which should be out in the autumn alongside a new book – Take Down The Flags – which is a series of stories and memories from May 1945, the end of war, but are we all celebrating.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Interviews and meets and greets in bookstores. I have done a few radio interviews which are always a bit of a blast and you get to talk about other thing not just your own book. When you are forever plugging your own product it can become slightly tedious not just to the viewer or listener but also to the author.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Kind of pointless saying “Oh I wish to write too book but…..” just start. A page a day, by December you would have completed over 300 pages. It may not be a good book but it would be a book and you would be the proud owner of it. It’s a starting point.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The cover of your book has be good. You want people to look at the cover and say “buy me” not “I can’t afford you”.
What are you reading now?
I am off to USA this year and Chris Henson who wrote Tour De Europa about my book tour a few years ago is coming with me to try and recreate another book so at the moment I have been re-reading parts of Europa but also some other works he has done. He has just completed his first novel – Johnny I’m Sorry – which should be out this year and its very cleverly written. Set in the early 70s yo kind of imagine you are there with all the glam rock music and Ford Cortinas.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My publisher allows me one vanity project a year so this year my dream is to create and publish a Christmas cookbook. I have already started on it. I don’t intend to complete with the brilliant chefs, cooks and food writers out there but for me having a cookbook with my name on it would be great. Christmas is also a season I really indulge and enjoy and it is also the perfect excuse to keep twinkly lights in my study all year.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
Because its from a time of decadence which we don’t have anymore and the characters come alive. The context of sing a real life kidnapping case and then creating a fiction one was good.