A Quickie with John Marrs

Tell me about your latest book and why we should read it?

I have two books currently out – The One and When You Disappeared. Both are psychological thrillers and both are completely different. But they have the same themes at their core – trust, lies and love.

If someone was to write your life story what would the title be?

Marrs Attacks.

What’s the strangest fan question or request you’ve received?

I have received a Facebook message recently from a woman complaining that while she liked my books, she wanted me to start writing ones with nice endings instead. Another has demanded I started writing children’s books. Why she thinks that someone who comes up with such dark characters is suitable to write books for kids is beyond me.

If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?

I wouldn’t.  I’m an only child – we do not share. The world revolves around us so to share a story would be like giving half my Christmas presents away. No!

Tell me something nobody else knows about you (yet!).

Sometimes when I’m on my own and have finished writing a scene, I’ll wander around the house reading it out loud, acting each part and gesticulating to make sure the dialogue and movements sound believable. I was once caught talking to myself by the builder repointing the porch wall.

Finally please recommend 3 books that you have recently read and tell me why you’ve chosen these.

Dave Eggers – The Circle. I wish I could have written this – totally imaginable, great characters, bleak and with a grim ending. I loved it.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman. Not my usual choice of book, but I got sucked into this brilliantly complex, sad, lonely, fascinating character at the centre of the story.

Maria In The Moon – Louise Beech. Again, not the kind of book I’d normally read, but utterly gorgeous and had me dabbing at my eyes with a tissue. Damn that lady can write!

Who is John Marrs?

John Marrs is a freelance journalist based in London, England, who has spent the last 20 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.
He has written for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.
His debut novel The Wronged Sons, was released in 2013 and in May 2015, he released his second book, Welcome To Wherever You Are.
In May 2017 came his third book, The One.

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