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As a writer, it is hard not to embody some of yourself in a character if you are to create a real character. Most of my characters have some of me in them, but only Mark Johnson is based on how I see myself and how I feel.
I created the character when I was at a friend's house watching Lorraine Kelly moan about walking across the desert for her show. My initial reaction was "How selfish can this bitch get? Here she is moaning about the sand and heat, with no word of thanks to her camera crew who had been carrying heavy cameras so her viewers can watch the show."
Like Mark, I have no stomach for the shallow world of stars. I had a few months of fame when this book won an award and it cost me friends. Not that the loss meant anything in the real world, all we did was lose contact, which would have happened sooner or later because I was getting tired of all their posts about their successes and book sales, and contracts at a time when I was struggling (when do I not struggle)?
Mark and I also share a dislike for being in the limelight, the last time for me was about five years ago at a book club, when I read an excerpt from the second book in my Science Fiction series (Forgestriker). Again, all that brought me was a violent reaction from another jealous writer in Bristol as I became the victim of a witch hunt.
Mark left the high life to live on the coast, I'd love to move to Scarborough in Yorkshire as I never felt so calm as writing this book the last time I was there a decade ago.