When you are not writing, what do you do to relax?
Don’t judge me but I’ve recently become a big fan of Lego! I buy these huge sets, like the Strangers Things set, and spend weeks putting them together, an hour at a time. It’s so relaxing. I didn’t really understand mindfulness until I discovered Lego. I also watch a lot of Netflix and listen to music all the time. I love singing. I’m not particularly good at it but I’m never happier than when I’m belting out one of my favourite songs, especially if it’s in a karaoke booth.
Apart from your own, what is the best book you’ve read recently?
I loved Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid, a very funny and eye-opening tale of a black childminder and her white employers. In terms of crime novels, my favourite current series is William Shaw’s DS Cupidi series. They’re set close to where I grew up in East Sussex and Kent. I once did work experience at the nuclear power station in Dungeness where Cupidi lives. The latest in the series is Grave’s End, which is probably the only crime novel in history to be partly told from the point of view of a badger.
What is one piece of advice you would give to any aspiring writers?
You need to be very clear about where you and your books fit and who your audience are. Which other authors are your readers enjoying? And you need to be able to describe your books in as few words as possible. Most of my books can be described in three words, two of which are ‘from hell’. Finally, read lots. If you don’t love reading, why would you want to be a writer?
What’s next for Mark Edwards?
The next one is about the family holiday from hell. Damn, that’s five words!