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Hot on the heels, appropriately enough as author Mark Matthews is such a keen runner, and running features so heavily in this story, of Bracken MacLeod's Mountain Home, comes the second in a series of new release from Books of the Dead Press - On The Lips of Children.
As with Bracken an interview with Mark can be found on the B.o.t.D.P website (hit the button for a direct link), but I also had the opportunity recently to ask him a couple of questions of my own, including, considering the significance of tattooing in the story, what tattoo's he had himself. It therefore came as quite a surprise that Mark is actually tattoo free, particularly since the description of the procedure and sensations involved were so spot on, but he was quite willing to share the secrets behind his writing, research, and the first hand insights and experience of his wife.
Of course this led to the question "If I offered you a free tattoo tomorrow, any size, any design, what would you go for?" Now in all honesty I doubt Mark would take me up on such an offer were it made but, after a little thought, he admitted that his preference would be to have some of his favourite quotes on the underside of his arm "The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep."
I genuinely wish Mark all the best with his book, I had the privilege of reading an advance copy, and it's an intense read to say the least. As I type it has 8 five star and 2 four star reviews on Amazon, and I personally believe it to be more than worthy of such praise.