Mark Hayes was born in Yorkshire on the day Julius Caesar was murdered. Though these two events are unrelated and separated by 1926 years, he has occasionally been known to mention the assassination of the great dictator in relation to his birthday all the same. No one, including himself, is entirely sure why he does it. 1496607_10201270903490498_9211577502863484267_n

He now lives in Teeside close to the river and next to a bird sanctuary he has never visited. With a black cat called Boomer who likes to stop him typing by sitting on his lap and demanding attention. It is possibly a reincarnation of a Mongolian Warlord, it would explain the way it occasionally scrambles up Marks back with its claws out.

This does not help the typing.

He writes novels, despite the cat’s attention, a full-time job, and doing a degree at the Open University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. (no he is not sure why he is doing that either, but claims it is mainly out of a desire to understand what the hell the people in charge think they are doing with the world.)

In-between writing, reading, and generally failing to study hard enough he has endless obsessions with everything from Music, Star Wars, Batman, Doctor Who, Steampunk, Cuthulu, and comic books, which he calls graphic novels and believes are actually the greatest expression of 21st-century art.

Cider Lane: Of Silences and Stars was his first novel, published in 2015. It’s is a contemporary romance thriller of sorts. The sorts which are not really any of those things but is, in fact, an exploration of the lost and the broken on the edge of society, the bruised the battered and the beaten. It is, however, definitely a romance set in the contemporary world and quite thrilling in parts.

It was followed a year later by Passing Place: Location Relative. Which is a paranormal horror science fiction fantasy. Set in a piano bar and grill, with a strange name and a stranger clientele. It is also a story about stories, which contains many stories, and grief, loss, love and the whole human experience. It also has a cat in it.  One review said it was a novel that ‘Goes everywhere and nowhere.’ Mark quite liked that and is going to steal it for a tagline at some point.

The novels are both entirely unrelated, in different genres, and not part of a series. This he feels is a unique approach to writing which ignores the artificial constraints of genre, as opposed to incredibly bad marketing on his part.

His next novel will be The Wells of Time: A Hannibal Smyth Adventure. It bears no relation to either of his first two novels and he has written it as much to avoid writing ‘Something Red’ the sequel to Passing Place for six months as anything else. Because when you have a working formula the best thing to do is ignore it and write something completely different.