When not writing, Brooks works for a homelessness charity, plays guitar and sings in a punk band, watches football (soccer), MMA and nature/science documentaries, goes walking in the Peak District or other areas of splendid scenery, and DJs wherever anyone will tolerate him.
Here the author dreamcasts an adaptation of Dark Run:
If someone ever makes a movie of Dark Run my main wish would be that they keep the ethnicity of the actors the same. The point of the core crew is that it's a diverse group to reflect the multicultural nature of a futuristic galactic civilisation. Unfortunately I don't watch a great deal of TV or movies, so my reference points for actors are rather limited. However, there are a few characters whom I have ideas for:Visit the official Mike Brooks website.
Ichabod Drift: He's tall, good-looking, charming, and of Mexican heritage despite the name. I've wondered about this for a while, but the perfect candidate would seem to be José Alberto Rodríguez, better known as Alberto Del Rio from the WWE.
Tamara Rourke: Drift's business partner is small and wiry, but ruthlessly efficient. From what other people have said, Jada Pinkett-Smith's portrayal of Fish Mooney in Gotham would carry over well here (although they might need to age her up – Rourke's in her fifties, although she looks younger).
Jenna McIlroy: The ship's youngest crew member and general hacker genius, Jenna is quite tall and I think would be well-played by Sophie Turner (assuming she could do a convincing American accent).
Jia Chang: The crew's foul-mouthed pilot. Grace Huang is older than the character but is capable of pulling off the no-nonsense aura and Jia's death stare.
Nicolas Kelsier: While writing the novel I always imagined Kelsier as looking like Bill Nighy and sounding like Jon Hurt. A good compromise would be Charles Dance.
Apirana Wahawaha: I'm only mentioning him because everyone I've spoken to suggests The Rock/Dwayne Johnson, and I have to point out that a) The Rock isn't tall enough (Apirana's meant to be about 6'8), b) he's not fat enough (Apirana's solid muscle with a gut) and c) although The Rock has Pacific Islander heritage he's Samoan, not Maori. However, I acknowledge that I don't actually know of any 6'8 Maori actors...