Veronica Backham continues her series of interviews with the rich and famous. Today she took the opportunity to talk with yet another celebrity, author Max Markham. Markham just released his newest novel The Indigo Bird.
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Veronica Backham - Interview with Author Max Markham (Script)
VB: Today I welcome author Max Markham, and he is from… (Sigh) …England! I bet he has that cute English accent, but anyways… Max is the author of a novel titled "The Indigo Bird." Well, being a celebrity, I really don't have the time to read, so I will ask Max like what the book is about. (Pause) Hello Max and welcome. I have interviewed many authors in the past, and they wrote like about vampires, faeries, and stuff, but I never met an author who writes about a bird. So… would you mind telling me and our readers why you wrote like a novel about a bird?
MM: Hi Veronica. The novel isn't really about a bird. The Indigo Bird, a kind of African finch, whose male is handsome and aggressive, is a kind of symbol for my hero, Lieutenant Richard Finch of the Parachute Regiment, who is also very handsome and aggressive. The novel is really about him.
VB: Ooh…! A very handsome and aggressive English soldier… Don't get me wrong, I am married, but I'm not dead. My husband… well, right now I'm not even sure where he is… Anyways… (Sigh) Tell me more about this Lieu… well, Richard. My guess is, he is like very successful with women… Wink, wink! You know what I mean. So, is the novel like about his love life?
MM: Richard Finch is certainly very handsome, brave and aggressive; he is also half-French, which may add a certain je-ne-sais-quoi? I am not going to give away the plot; I want everyone to buy the book, either as a paperback or an ebook! I can however reveal that he is not a lady-killer, because he is gay! The novel is a gay erotic romance, seasoned with murder. Naturally, Richard has to be reasonably discreet about his sexuality, because in the 1970s and 1980s, which is the period of the novel, gays were not officially permitted to serve in the British armed forces. Richard is fortunate in that he has found a home in 5 Para, which was an unofficial haven for military gays at that time. And because he is a strong, tough boxer and riugby player, one would be ill-advised to make homophobic remarks near him. He'd smash one's face in!
VB: Oh my goodness! (Pause) I didn't expect that. (Pause) As you know, being a celebrity, I don't have the time like to read books. My agent does that for me. I should have a word with her… I mean, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against gay people. Some of my best friends are gay… I think. (Thinking) Excuse, but why do you write gay erotic literature? And I hope there are no sexual scenes in your book. Right?
MM: Oh yes, there are sex scenes in the book! Richard Finch and his friends are soldiers, which means that they are very fit, sporty, oversexed and uninhibited. Some of them are straight but the two main heroes are gay, in Richard's case; and bisexual, in the case of his great friend James. However the book is not just about gay sex; I think that it is a pretty good murder thriller. As to why I write gay erotic literature, it's the type of love that I know most about; I tell it as it is.
VB: Oh my! (Thinking) Well, I think that sex and crime is a good combination for like a book. And even for movies. You know, I prefer to watch the movie rather than reading the book. (Thinking) However… You know, I can't get around that gay sex thing… I mean, is this like a new angle in book writing? And, if you don't mind me asking, are you like an expert in gay things?
MM: I am glad that you agree that sex and crime make for a good book. A famous novelist told me that "sex violence, snobbery and shopping make for a winning formula"! As for gay sex in books, it has been around for a while. Petronius' Satyricon was written in the First Century AD. It is the first gay erotic novel that we know of. Fellini made a film of it. And, being gay myself, I have relevant background experience. Even so, I had to do some research!
VB: Oh my! (Pause) Well... I do like the shopping part, but I am not into old Italian movies form the first century. I am more into like Twentieth Century Fox. And I don't like sub-titles, anyways... I mean watching AND reading...? (Thinking) Anyways... Now that I have you here... Uhm... How do I put this? (Thinking) Why are you gay?
MM: Actually, Veronica, it's only the novel that was written in the First Century. The film was Twentieth Century. As to why I am gay, no-one really knows. But from my experience, I would say that it is something you are born with, like red hair or green eyes. You cannot be "cured", or do anything about it, so just enjoy it. I knew that I was "different" long before I realised that I was gay, or even knew about gayness. Just part of life's rich tapestry! Fellini was gay too, apparently. Gays are often very creative.
VB: So, you are saying gays are not different from like other people, and you don't need a special diet like gluten-free or lactose-free?
MM: Good question, Veronica! That is more or less what I am saying. I think that we may have a different mind-set, but our basic needs are much the same as other people's.In the final analysis, gays are just regular guys. Gayness isn't actually a disease, unlike (say) diabetes or hypoglycemia, so we do not need a special diet. However, if you are a gay-watcher, you might be forgiven for thinking so! It seems to be the case that young gay men are at least as conscious of their appearance as young women. The slang term is "lookism". Even if they are not training for some sport, they tend to work out fanatically at the gym, go jogging and be careful about what they eat. Gays have to look good! For that reason they tend also to spend more on clothes, including sports clothes, than do most straight men. If you read my blog, you will learn that King Louis XIV's gay brother Philippe, Duc d'Orleans, was normally dressed well beyond the height of seventeenth century Parisian fashion and his regiment wore the most magnificent uniforms in the army; which he of course had designed. It is all part of the picture.
VB: Oh, is it getting hot in here or what? You got me going with that sex and crime thing. (Giggle) Oh, and the shopping part. Oops! That reminds me. I have an appointment with one of the producers of the Letterman show today, and I am not dressed appropriately. Sorry! Gotta run and buy some new clothes!
Veronica Backham shares her interviews with famous people from all over the world, including Jesus Christ, Che Guevara, Charlie Sheen, and more. As we all know, Veronica's accomplishments include a long career as a "secret" model plus multiple recordings in the music industry. Veronica has just recently published her memoir, which is pretty good for someone who has never read a book in her life. We are looking forward to her next interview.
The Indigo Bird
An Erotic Novel by Max Markham
James Graveney, a young Major in a respectable regiment, is outwardly conventional. In private James is bisexual, with a strong urge for his own sex. Gay sex, however, is illegal in the Army, so he is discreet about this.
James’ world is turned upside-down when he meets Lieutenant Richard Finch. Richard is intelligent, charismatic and exceptionally handsome. He doesn’t mess around. He gets what he wants, and is completely unscrupulous about how he gets it. Richard will stop at nothing to achieve this, including Machiavellian deception and a cunning and brutal murder. James starts responding to Richard, cautiously at first, then gets swept along on the great love affair of his life.
The Indigo Bird is a rollercoaster of surprises set against backdrops varying from the jungles of Belize to London, the English countryside, and Ireland, and the scene is set for more shocks and adventures. [Read more...]
The Indigo Bird is available through Amazon.Com, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords.com, Amazon Kindle US, Amazon Kindle UK, and any other good bookstore.