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A big thank you to John and Lynn Chapman for the review. Glad you like my writing ūüôā

Beneath The Floodlights by Martin Tracey. This brilliant book had me gripped from the very start. Voluptuous vampires lured me into their lascivious land, from which I had no desire to escape. This is supernatural writing at its most superb. Martin Tracey is a wonderfully talented writer who blends genres with great imagination and panache. Can’t wait for his next book, Mind Guerrilla

http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1AFTHQQ8SOPHP/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1456781839&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=266239&store=books

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So I was watching the Voice UK this Valentine’s evening, and was mystified when the judges didn’t turn for Keedie Green’s fantastic interpretation of David Guetta featuring Sia”s Titanium.

Now where am I going with this you may well ask, and how the hell am I linking a televised singing contest to my blog which is primarily about writing books? Well stay with me as that in itself is what the point of this post is all about Рthe unlikely marrying of two worlds.

When the four judges eventually turned in unison to explain¬†why they hadn’t turned during what was an exceptional performance by Keedie, Will.i.am offered some words that unexpectedly connected with me and helped me make sense of my unorthodox¬†approach to writing.

I’ve slightly beat myself up over recent times, and questioned myself regarding my methods of putting all types of subjects into the mixing pot of my¬†novels at the same time.

Is it simply a confusing approach for the reader? I’ve often asked myself.

But then I usually go on to think about the layers of plots in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction for instance, and convince myself that attempting to keep the viewer, or in my case the reader, guessing and interested in the twists and turns of the story is the right thing to do. Besides, I have come to understand that actually, that is how I am simply wired – to mix things up a bit and make bizarre connections, and for me to approach my writing in a much more conventional way would actually be quite difficult for me to achieve.

Most of this internal questioning has materialised after reading generic articles designed to help authors in their careers. The advice given is to encourage the author categorically to choose a single genre and to stick with¬†it. It seems for the author to then wander away from that genre would almost be regarded as a cardinal sin! Now I am not doubting this to be good advice for most authors and there are of course countless successful authors out there who are masters in their field. Many of whom I personally enjoy and find inspirational. And let me be clear, I am not setting myself apart from other authors as being anything special either, but the truth is I struggle to approach my writing as a “one glove fits all” type of author. As I ¬†said, I’m simply wired a bit funny!

Now my only published book to date, Beneath the Floodlights has achieved moderate success, and although there are currently not reviews a plenty out there, the ones that have been written are overwhelmingly¬†very positive I’m glad to say. However, there¬†have been rumblings in some circles as to why on Earth I decided to marry the two worlds of soccer and vampires together, as this perhaps made the book difficult to allocate to one specific genre. Beneath the Floodlights can be found in Local Interest sections in Midland’s Waterstone’s shops, but also on the Horror, Sport and Sci-Fi shelves. My writing tends to include supernatural or horror elements I guess, but to pigeon-hole what I write is quite a challenge. Frankly, it doesn’t really bother me, I already feel blessed that my book is simply available for any potential readers.

And that’s where Will.i.am’s words of wisdom come into the equation, though ironically he may never know how he has helped to ease my mind.

So, when Keedie Green faced¬†the agonising prospect of trying to understand why the judges hadn’t turned for her on the Voice UK, Will.i.am explained that Mary J. Blige had once been criticised for marrying two genre’s of music together early in her career, and although Keedie’s approach of marrying pop vocals with operatic vocals was “a little confusing” for the non-judgmental¬†Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am pointed out that marrying two unlikely worlds together that automatically shouldn’t belong is a cool thing to do and is only attempted by a certain breed of brave person. The kind of which the entertainment world needs in order to keep evolving whether that be music, literature or whatever!

The key is to pick yourself up after the knocks, dust yourself down and use all that rejection to make you stronger and better at what you were born to do!

So I thank you Will.i.am for reassuring me that marrying the worlds of soccer and vampires was an ok thing to do.

This¬†boosts my confidence to realise¬†that when my next book Mind Guerrilla not only brings two worlds together but several, it is the right approach for ME as a writer. It won’t be to everyone’s taste but a writer has to be true to himself or herself.

And if the people who I am eternally grateful to for reading my books ever notice¬†me “playing it safe” you have my sincere permission here and now to hold me to account.

Thanks for reading my blog, I hope you like reading Mind Guerrilla and it’s several plot lines, out later in 2015.

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In this interview I speak about my forthcoming book ‘Mind Guerrilla’ as well as answering some great questions by Fiona…
https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/here-is-my-interview-with-martin-tracey/

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I express a big thank you to Laurie who has featured me and my book Beneath the Floodlights on her first class blog:

http://lauriethoughts-reviews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/beneath-floodlights-by-martin-tracey.html

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A big thank you to fellow author Rachael H Dixon of Slippery Souls fame who has interviewed and showcased me on her very entertaining blog.

http://rachaelhdixon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/vampires-football.html

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Beneath The Floodlights at the movies. Who would be the stars?.

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As Beneath the Floodlights has been in print one year today I thought it would be great fun to have a play at who could represent the characters of the book if it were ever to reach the silver screen (fingers crossed!)

I would love to hear from you to see if you agree with my choices or if you would like to offer some alternatives. Did you visualise the characters any differently when you read the book? You can either reply to the post or email me at martinpaperbackwriter@yahoo.co.uk.

 

Professor Cezar Prodanescu: Cezar oozes charisma and sophistication with the ability to make grown men shake in their boots whilst women fall at his feet!

I can see Sean Bean in this role. Other possible candidates could be Antonio Banderas or George Clooney.

 

Andrei Botezatu: Andrei is an athletic and dynamic vampire.

I can see Nowhere Boy Aaron Johnson doing a great job as Andrei.

 

Johnny Knox: Good looking and endearing. Johnny is the local hero whom everyone adores.

I like the idea of Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles playing Johnny, but can he kick a ball and do a Brummie accent! Other possible candidates could be Colin Farrell or even David Beckham if his acting skills¬†are as good as his football skills.

Sheena Knox: Electrifyingly beautiful with dark hair.

I think Corrie’s Alison King would be perfect as Johnny’s strong and loyal wife.

Lily: Lily is a pretty young thing with an air of innocence.

I see another Corrie actress fitting the bill: Sacha Parkinson.

Vincent “Bruiser” Bradshaw: Lovable rogue and ball winning midfielder who suffers with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Versatile actor Tom Hardy would do a grand job I’m sure.

Jody Roper: the central defender who loves everything about the 1980s.

Jody is a very likeable character who often provides an element of humour in the book, therefore Owen Wilson (Starsky & Hutch, Zoolander) would be a great choice. I am exactly 10 days older than Owen, but unlike me he can easily pass for a man in his early to mid thirties.

Alvin Braxton: Jamaican goalkeeper for Kingsbarr United.

Impressive actor Idris Elba of Luther fame would be perfect in my book (no pun intended.)

Giuseppe Rossi: Italian centre-forward for Kingsbarr United.

How’s about Benidorm’s Jake Canuso.

Afina: strikingly looking Romanian victim of Andrei.

Black Swan’s Natalie Portman would be perfect in this role.

Gene Macgoree: Kingsbarr United superfan and prolific vampire slayer.

I can see two fine English actors playing this part: Tim Roth or Phil Davis.

Peter Cogshaw: Penny pinching chairman of Kingsbarr United.

How’s about Warren Clarke of Dalziel and Pascoe or perhaps Timothy Spall.

There are many more characters of course. Who would play the nasty pair of Leon Davis or Lucas for example. There are also parts for ex-jailbird Gerry Spalding, Charlie Cheng, Audrey Chillingsworth, Saffron Knox, Father McGill and the other vampires of the Fosturnea School of Football Excellence. Would there be a part in the film for the evil couple Josiah and Alison Connor who set the vampire ball rolling? (Pun intended).

It’s just a bit of fun but I would welcome your thoughts on the potential movie stars of Beneath The Floodlights.

(A big thank you to fellow author Rachael H. Dixon for providing this idea. You can read more about Rachael here: http://rhdixon.blogspot.co.uk/ )

 

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