Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Feel like I Know Hull Well Enough to Pick Up Handfuls of It and Chuck It at People' Crime Author David Mark Saw His Debut Novel Published Last Year, Selling 60,000 E-Books, Which Plotted the Turning Point for the Former Journalist

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Feel like I Know Hull Well Enough to Pick Up Handfuls of It and Chuck It at People' Crime Author David Mark Saw His Debut Novel Published Last Year, Selling 60,000 E-Books, Which Plotted the Turning Point for the Former Journalist

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Byline: Will Ramsey

Don't disturb David Mark mid-murder. A proper, gruesome death - as others have found out to their cost - requires a lot of concentration.

"God help the delivery man who wants me to sign for a package," he said.

"I'm so focused I'll be chatting to myself what I want the rest of the paragraph to sound like."

The crime author, whose fictional world is shaped by the streets of Hull, saw his debut novel published last year.

Dark Winter, which has sold 60,000 e-books, marked the turning point for the former journalist.

After years of frustration, he's finally been able to append the word "novelist" to his name.

David's second book - Original Skin - which, once again, follows the hulking, albeit painfully shy, detective sergeant Aector McAvoy is being released this month.

And for the Caistor-based author, who spent seven years working as a reporter in Hull, it marks the latest stage in an evident affection for the city - even if that affection is filtered through a pretty grim lens.

"A lot of people say Hull is as much of a character as McAvoy," said David, who grew up in the north-east.

"I like that because I couldn't have set these stories anywhere but Hull - it was always intrinsic to what I wanted to do.

"If I write about somewhere else it always feels anaemic in comparison. I feel like I know Hull well enough to pick up handfuls of it and chuck it at people. Other places you only scratch the surface."

Where Dark Winter used the city to explore the idea of forgiveness and fate - following a serial killer who targets the sole survivors of a series of tragedies - Original Skin has a lustier theme.

David's new novel delves into the world of swinging and sexual exploration offered by the internet - with someone murderously intent on keeping their own involvement quiet.

"We live in a funny old time, where anything you want to look at or experience you can find with a relatively quick Google search," David said.

"The only thing stopping you doing that is whether people will find out what you are really like, which I find that intriguing. I'm 35, and when I was a teenager it was quite an elaborate dance to find someone interested in the same things you were.

"Now what we've got is a house of cards. Everything is built on secrets and nobody wants anyone else to know what they are doing in their spare time - that's why everyone's got a secondary email account.

"People are living a more deceitful life than they used to. I thought if something hellish happened in such a community, a lot of people would have a lot to lose."

The book is the second in a planned series set in the city. Book three - which has the working title of Sorrow Bound - has been written, with the author at work on the fourth, Taking Pity. …

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