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?
Hmm ... There are so many really good ones. Something big, epic, huge. Norman Mailers HARLOT’S GHOST perhaps.
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Pete Bondurant in James Ellroy’s AMERICAN TABLOID. Cold blooded but with a heart, he gets the job done. He’s a massive character that deserves every page he is on.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Your Horse, an English equestrian magazine.
Most satisfying writing moment?
When you lose track of time and just write.
If you could recommend one Irish crime novel, what would it be?
I’m sorry but I haven’t read any one in particular.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Deadlines are the worst; everything else is great.
The pitch for your next book is …?
Sorry, it’s all too blurry at the moment. Watch this space …
Who are you reading right now?
I’m not reading anything at the moment. I usually don’t read much when I’m writing. The last book was GOOD SOLDIERS by David Finkel and I’ve just ordered LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane which is a sequel to the great THE GIVEN DAY. I’m looking forward to that.
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
Write, of course.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Wide ... characters ... pace. Or just; I ... don’t ... know.
THE ANDALUCIAN FRIEND by Alexander Soderberg is published by Harvill Secker.
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