Mark Stay is co-author of the bestselling novel Back to Reality, co-screenwriter of Robot Overlords, and co-presenter of the Bestseller Experiment podcast… As you can see, he’s very co-operative…
I could have been normal, I wanted to be a fire fighter, but it all changed when dad took me to see STAR WARS when I was five. When the Star Destroyer came rumbling over the screen I knew I wanted to be that… whatever that is! That thing up there, I want to be there please… and I’ve been trying ever since. It basically ruined my life.
I was an actor and ran my own theatre company for a while, but then I found myself with a venue booked and no play, so I wrote my first play UNUSUALLY TALL BOY based on all the horrific camping holidays I’d been on as a kid, and it did better than any play we’d staged before; great audiences and reviews and we even made a few quid.
After this a friend of mine took me to one side and explained that anyone can be an actor (not entirely true, I know) but that the industry was desperate for good writers. I’d always loved writing, but had been put off in my teens by an English teacher who asked me ‘Why do you keep writing this American rubbish?’ This was after I turned in a creative writing homework assignment about attack helicopters freeing a criminal from a prison (I know – awesome, right?!). I had also been put off by the school’s writing group, which was entirely populated by navel-gazing Adrian Mole types whose collective works had no explosions whatsoever.
I love writing. Scripts, stories, novels, angry emails to my MP. Plus, I’m now too old to be a fire fighter, so I guess I’m stuck with it.
Here’s the bit from the CV…
Mark has a TV series in development with Moonriver Productions that is so top secret that even mentioning the title would be a dead giveaway.
His fantasy novel The End of Magic is coming in February 2019 and is available to pre-order from Unbound (and there’s still time to get your name in the book). Some amazing people are already saying very nice things about it…
Mark’s first film script EDDIE’S DEAD was selected for the inaugural Film London Microwave production scheme and subsequent commissions included TRUE STORY for producer Nick Jones and director Jon Wright.
He also wrote the novelisation of ROBOT OVERLORDS, which is published by Gollancz and is available now.
Mark worked as the Online Key Accounts Manager at the Orion Publishing Group for over fifteen years, and has worked on projects with bestselling authors such as Michael Palin, Joe Hill and Joe Abercrombie. He also worked closely with the prestigious Gollancz Science Fiction and Fantasy publishing team.
Mark was selected to join the prestigious Vipers Nest – a creative collective for commercially orientated emerging filmmakers.
Mark is also co-presenter of The Bestseller Experiment podcast, where he and Mark Desvaux have challenged themselves to write, edit, publish and market a bestselling eBook in just a year… and then actually did it! Click here for more.
For screenwriting queries, contact Matt Dench at Dench Arnold.
For novels, Mark is represented by Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock.
And if you want to get in touch, drop me a line here: