Gary William Murning
Interview by Mike
Gary's debut book, If I Never, was published by Legend Press in August of this year. Gary is a writer from the northeast of England who enjoys literature, current affairs, music, the arts and sceptical enquiry. I caught up with him last month to see how he was getting on post book launch.
For part 1 of this interview click here.
Some of the violence in the book is treated with comical undertones - was that because you wanted to soften the tone of the book with humor?
I'm not sure why that happened that way, actually. It just developed naturally, and I certainly never made a conscious decision to soften the violence. I think it just fit with the general tone of the novel... there's a mildly comic undertone to most aspects of it so I guess it just bled through (no pun intended) into the more violent scenes.
Absolutely. With this novel in particular, I was fascinated by the idea that long-established behaviour patterns and, yes, beliefs, to a degree, dictate the choices we make. I liked the notion that some of my characters' instincts, at the beginning of the novel, at least, were to maintain the status quo -- however painful that might be. Change was being forced upon them and they could either go with the flow or resist... the novel, I suppose, is in part about how they learn which is the best choice to make under their very unique circumstances.