Yep, it’s rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE by George V Higgins.
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
The supposedly well-hung Santino Corleone.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
If only Glee were a book ...
Most satisfying writing moment?
The best Irish crime novel is …?
Ken Bruen’s THE DRAMATIST.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
The same (DRAMATIST).
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Worst = money.
Best = fans (all 16 of them).
The pitch for your next book is …?
A retired organized crime cop drops his wife off at an arts and crafts weeklong program on an island off the coast of New England (Star Island, where I’m doing my MFA actually) and spots someone he knows is in the witness protection program. The retired cop is unhappy at home and thinking maybe he should sell the rat back to the mob and enjoy his last few years on planet earth with gusto.
Who are you reading right now?
David Carroll, ALBERT CAMUS THE ALGERIAN
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Honest, humorous, ugly.
Charlie Stella’s JOHNNY PORNO is published by Stark House.
“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.