In The Chair 39: Mark Heath

Welcome, Mark Heath.

How would you describe your writing style in only three words? 

Mark: Detailed, evocative and immersive.


If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?

Mark: Alyssia Thorne. She is the village herbalist and the gateway between the forest that encompasses the village and its inhabitants. She is fiercely intelligent and that is a major attraction. She exhibits great skill and demonstrates genuine empathy for others, again both attractive qualities. The fact she is part flower could result in an interesting outcome from any coupling !

If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which one would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?

Mark: I would be Gabriel Vindicta who is a witch hunter. Think Dirty Harry with the might of the One True God backing him rather than a magnum .44 . Vindicta does good but with a ruthless efficiency.


Dead or alive literary dinner party: who would you invite, and what would you serve?

Mark: Iain Banks, Charles II, Uma Thurman and Eddie Izzard. I would serve a cheese and pineapple party hedgehog with Vimto.

If you had to write in a different genre which would it be and why?

Mark: Erotic literature. I would love to be able to write a sex scene without wanting to laugh.

What do you dislike the most about being an author?

Mark: Having to go to bed with scenes and plot lines whirring in my mind and consequently keeping slumber at bay.

Favourite word?

Mark: I love the word plinthe. It feels satisfying to say it. I also like verdant as my elder son surprised me by using it in a story when he was very young.51fQNAF7gHL._AA160_

Mark Heath was in the chair, author of: The Fragile Fall of Tallow Bridge.