Yeah, someone else mentioned Ray Bradbury when I was showing off my latest work. Why is that? Is there a tattooed guy in that book? I've never read Ray but he's on my 'people to read list' and I intend to pick up F451 right after I finish with my latest trilogy of reads: Earthbound (Richard Matheson), Ex-Machina (fellow Snowbooker, Robert Finn) and one of the 30 Days of Night novels (can't remember either the title or author at the moment).
Is Lark based on me? Well, I'm asked that quite a bit! And I can see why!
To be honest, I would imagine him even taller and lankier than me - kind of one of those people who seem to be all arms and feet. He's loaded with tattoos, of course, and, as you know, Lark is hard as nails. And I'm a big pussycat
Personality-wise, believe it or not we're complete opposites. I think I'm a lot calmer, a lot more level-headed than Lark - and that probably says more about Lark than me. Leser known fact: we have a saying over here in Ireland: 'Mad as a lark'. That's where his name comes from. Lark was the kind of child who was the first to have a go at anything, whether it be climbing a wall or breaking a window. And he's grown up to have a similar mindset as an adult.
At one stage, I was writing Lark like a drunk version of me. I thought to myself, what would I do next if I was completely bladdered? So, in that sense, there's a bit of me in there. I had my crazy streak, back in the day.
The short answer, of course, is that there's a bit of me in every character I create - including the darker characters. As you remarked in your review, we're not either good or bad - we're somewhere inbetween. We're human and it's interesting to play about with that when you're writing, to test the water with what you might do yourself in those extraordinary situations.
Again, Marc, thanks so much for your review. It meant a lot, man. Sincerely.