I’m delighted to introduce you to one of our fabulous authors, Mark James.
Today, his award-winning play, Dear Motherhas been published by us as a play script.
Mark is an actor, a music teacher and playwright based in the South West. I wanted to find out a bit more about what makes him tick and asked, which of those three hats he enjoys wearing most?
Hi Tracey, I can honestly say that the best part about my career is the variety that I get in it. I love my job and couldn’t pick an area that I enjoy the most out of them. Each one leads itself around to the other.
You were introduced to me as an actor. When did you first get the bug to act, what was your first role and in which performance?
I had always wanted to act since being at school, it was a huge passion from a very early age. Unfortunately, the school I went to was an all boys secondary that had no theatre or drama departments and music was restricted to an after school club. When I left school, life just got in the way and a new career started.
Hi Anthony, thanks for taking time out for this, I know you are incredibly busy moving house right now, tell us a bit about you and your book.
My name is Anthony Ravenwood, I’m from Northamptonshire and my book is called ‘The Breathing Wheel’.
Tell us a little about what inspired you to write the story.
I was on a holiday with my family in 1987 and we visited a watermill museum. The old mill was creepy and set my imagination on fire. The original idea was to compose a concept album set around life in a watermill in the 20th Century, but I enjoyed writing the story so much, it kind of overtook.
Have you any idea how long it was in the making?
I have been dipping in and out of the writing ever since, so you could say it’s taken me 26 years!