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Mark Billingham Quotes

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde Quotes
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Fail Quotes
I like me a little bit more when i'm with you - Love Quotes
A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future - Friend Quotes
When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew - William Shakespeare Quotes
A year from now you'll wish you started today - Work Quotes
I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour - Funny Quotes
I meant to behave but there were too many other options - Funny Quotes
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The problem with being a writer is that some readers tend to think that anything that comes out of a character’s mouth is you talking.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) There are a number of writers who believe it is their duty to throw as many curve balls at the reader as possible. To twist and twist again. These are the Chubby Checkers of crime fiction and, while I admire the craft, I think that it can actually work against genuine suspense.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) In America, they have specialist mystery book stores with whole sections devoted to cat mysteries, golf mysteries, quilting mysteries. It’s a hugely broad genre from the darkest noir to tales of a 19th-century vet who solves crimes, thanks to his talking cat.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) As crime writers, we put these characters, year after year, book after book, through the most horrendous trauma, dealing with grief and death and loss and violence. We can’t pretend that these things don’t affect these characters; they have to. If they don’t, then you’re essentially writing cartoons.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) I think there’s as much violence, in a way, as a scene with two women having a cup of coffee in a Ruth Rendell novel - in terms of emotional violence and the violence you can inflict with language - as there is in the most graphic kind of serial killer/slasher novel you can think of.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) Whether your audience is in a sweaty basement club or nestled in a favourite armchair, good money has been paid, and attention has got to be grabbed if you are not to be heckled off the stage or find your novel discarded in favour of the latest volume of ‘Fifty Shades of Whatever.’  (Mark Billingham Quotes) It may sound surprising, but a joke and a crime novel work in very much the same way. The comedian/writer leads their audience along the garden path. The audience know what’s coming, or at least they think they do until they get hit from a direction they were not expecting.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) Whether you do stand-up comedy or write a story, you have a duty to deliver. As a comedian, you walk out on stage, and you have a minute to hook them, or they’ll start booing. As a writer, it’s very similar. A reader doesn’t have time to say, ‘I’ll give him 50 pages, as it’s not very good yet, but I hope it’ll get better.’  (Mark Billingham Quotes) When a crime writer thinks up a delicious twist, it is a great moment. Time to relax and take the rest of the day off. I do think that it can be overdone, however.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) I often wonder, with my hand on my heart, if ‘The Dying Hours’ was made into the biggest movie franchise in history, would I pick up my pen again? Wouldn’t I be happier spending the rest of my life travelling around with my wife?  (Mark Billingham Quotes) I bought an insurance policy covering the inheritance tax my kids will have to pay when we die, which I thought was a good bit of forward thinking. And I always know I’m going to have enough for tax because I make sure I keep it back in my business account.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) Ian Rankin’s Rebus is the king of modern British crime fiction. He is dour, determined, and constantly falls foul of his seniors. For all this, we root for him. He is eminently loveable, a quixotic hero moving through the darker half of a Jekyll and Hyde Edinburgh.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) I was never a fan of cozy mysteries of anything set in the countryside, you know  (Mark Billingham Quotes) We didn’t have all the distractions that young people have today. We didn’t have these incredible computer games and social networks to engage with. I understand that. But once young readers do discover reading, when they discover a book which they fall in love with, it really unleashes something new in their imagination.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) You throw the kitchen sink at your early books. You put everything in there. It’s like when you meet a new girlfriend or boyfriend, you tell them all your best stories. By the time you have been married for 10 years, they are crying, ‘Shut up!’  (Mark Billingham Quotes) I’m a city boy. I grew up in a big city, in Birmingham, and I want to write about a city. It’s much richer tapestry for me than green fields. Fields and wild life make me feel ill. I don’t like - I don’t want to write about that stuff.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) I believe that if writers want their readers to care about a character, they have to care themselves. I have to root for a detective who screws up as much as Thorne does, who shares my birthday, my North London stomping ground, and my love of country music, both alt and cheesy.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) I’d read one too many crime novels where the victim was just a name: body number one, dead woman number 12. I understood fear, and I wanted to create characters who made readers say, ‘Please, don’t hurt this guy.’ That’s the key to suspense. It’s easy to disgust a reader. It’s much harder to make them care.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) As a writer, you’re making a pact with the reader; you’re saying, ‘Look, I know and you know that if this book was really a murder investigation, it would be a thousand pages long and would be very dull, and you would be very unhappy with the ending.’  (Mark Billingham Quotes) I discovered reading through libraries. I grew up in a house that wasn’t brimming with books.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) Too much research can be the writer’s enemy. You can spend days on end in the British Library or prowling the streets with a Dictaphone, and it’s easy to convince yourself that you’re working hard. Often, it can be an excuse not to work; a classic displacement activity.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) I moved from acting to stand-up because castings are just about what you look like. It doesn’t matter if you can act or not. In comedy, no one cares what you look like.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) My dad was a terrible father. Dreadful. But he had a very difficult childhood. He was fostered - he never knew who his father was. So he had a very different attitude to family and kids. I don’t have any issues. I’m not suffering some secret angst.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) I wanted to write at school - to write funny stories which the teacher might ask me to read out to the class. It’s all basically about showing off.  (Mark Billingham Quotes) What I usually do is hoard money - I accumulate as much as possible in the fear of not having enough to pay tax.  (Mark Billingham Quotes)