Marcus Sakey has worked as a landscaper, a theatrical carpenter, a 3D animator, a woefully unprepared movie reviewer, a tutor, and a graphic designer who couldn’t draw. In 2007 his first novel, The Blade Itself, was published to wide critical acclaim, and thank god, because nothing else seemed to be working. His books, which inlcude The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, The Amateurs, Good People, Accelerant (At The City’s Edge), and Scar Tissue, have been nominated for more than a dozen awards. His fiction is sold worldwide. His latest novel, A Better World, was published by Thomas & Mercer in June 2014.
Pre-publication, Brilliance was optioned for film by Legendary Pictures in a seven-figure deal, with Spider-Man scribe David Koepp attached to adapt. His novel Good People is currently shooting in London; the film, which stars James Franco, Kate Hudson, and Tom Wilkinson is directed by Academy Award-nominated Henrik Genz. Several of his other books have also been optioned for film.
Marcus is the host and writer of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on Travel Channel, for which he is routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs. He has rappelled with SWAT teams, pub crawled with bank robbers, dissected a human brain, dived for pirate treasure, and learned to pick a deadbolt. He claims it was all for research. He loves travelling, especially if he might hurt himself. He is an excellent cook and a spice junkie. He enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Marcus’s two newest novels, Brilliance, and A Better World have met with wide acclaim, and he kindly answered a few of my questions about the series!