Today we're talking with Marcus Brady, author of Dark, Love, and Light
FQ: I enjoyed your character Orville Whitworth and his guest player appearance in a rugby match against his old school rivals. Did you ever play rugby and if so, what did you enjoy most about the sport?
I played rugby for P.E. at school a number of times and at home with my brother occasionally when I was a teenager. I never played rugby at club level like Orville though. I think rugby’s a good sport. It’s a tough, rough sport, but it’s also a strong masculine sport. That’s why I made Orville a rugby player, because I think it helps make him a strong masculine character, and he’s the lead male character in Dark, Love, and Light. My own favourite sport is soccer. I wanted to have a scene involving sport in the play, and I thought it would be good to tackle (no pun intended) a sport other than my own favourite sport in the book.
FQ: In Scene 10: Mosque, Habib provides an interesting explanation to Annabel of the "...Islamic Artistic calligraphy, which was instrumental in keeping the Qur’an alive in history through record..." The overall scene is quite informative. Did you spend time in a mosque in order to develop the scene? If so, what is your most memorable recollection you gleaned from the experience?
I didn’t spend time in a mosque to develop Scene 10 – I’ve never actually been to a mosque – but I did buy a copy of the Qur’an and read parts of it to help me write the scene. The Qur’an is an interesting read. I also looked up information about mosques online to help me write the scene.
FQ: In Scene 15: Park, Otto shares his philosophy and approach to writing a book which is “…to write the full book all at once; yet not to write it in sequence…” How close is your process to that described by Otto when you are in the throes of a new writing project?
Well, just to clarify this, it’s not actually Otto’s own philosophy and approach to writing a book – it’s that of his friend Radek Gaffney. Radek, as Otto reveals earlier in the Park scene, has written a script for a short film called Hopscotch, which Otto reveals he’s going to direct himself. But, as Otto says himself, he does think that writing a book all at once is “one interesting approach to writing a book”. My own approach to and process while writing a book is similar to the approach Otto describes to the others with him in the park. But I also tend to focus on individual scenes, when I’m writing a play, or chapters, when I’m writing a novel, at times.
FQ: In Scene 16: Warehouse, Annabel and Josie go to the Warehouse and have their first meeting with lesbians: Imber, Zuleika, U and Michaela. Michaela explains the Warehouse as "...our Writer... we meet him here because this is where the young man insists on us meeting him..." Why?
The young man, the real writer who’s writing the scripts for the real-life artistic venture he’s named realart, insists on meeting the four lesbians in the warehouse because he wants their meetings to be as private as the realart venture the five of them are involved in.
FQ: If you were to take to the stage as one of your characters in Dark, Love, and Light, who would you be and why?
One of the male characters with a small role in the play. Orville, as the male lead in the play, and a fun character to boot, is definitely the best role for a guy in the play, but he’s the male character with the most lines in the play too, and thus his part has the most lines to learn! But I’m not actually interested in acting in a performance of one of my plays – I’m content just writing my plays!
FQ: While you have written a few plays, have you ever personally produced one of your works on stage?
No. None of my plays have ever been produced for the stage. I would love for Dark, Love, and Light to be produced for the stage at some point though.
FQ: I enjoyed learning you are a fan of Shakespeare. Perhaps it is unfair to ask this question, but if you had to choose your number one Shakespearean favorite, what would it be and why?
Hamlet, because it’s his longest and greatest play. I love the Sonnets too.
FQ: I'm assuming since you wrote a gaming book, you have a fair amount of "techno" knowledge. With the constant emergence of new technologies, what innovation do you believe has been most impressive to hit the market in the past couple of years and why?
The technological innovation that’s impressed me most in the past couple of years is superfast broadband. When I first used it in 2011 I was just amazed by how quickly everything loaded on the screen, including videos, which is so brilliant. I think superfast broadband improves the Internet user experience immeasurably.
FQ: Thank you for your time and the opportunity to interview you. Is there anything you are currently working on and if so, would you care to share?
I’m currently working on my first novel, a popular fiction science fiction and fantasy novel entitled Dimension Generations. It’s coming together nicely; I’m excited about it.