If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?
Colin Farrell would be an ideal Aidan – particularly the persona he used for In Bruges. He has the quintessential element of Dublin and would understand all that drove Aidan. When writing the character of Janice I had a mental picture of Rachel McAdams. Her early work in Slings and Arrows showed many of the same characteristics that defined Janice.
What are your favorite aspects of writing?
I cannot think of anything more rewarding than creating something that others might enjoy. For me, getting the scene or dialog right requires the type of effort that, when achieved, offers the greatest natural high.
Your least favorite aspects of writing?
I hate proofing! After months of working on the text I become blind to errors and omissions that others spot effortlessly.
Who are some of your favorite authors/books?
Demian, by Hermann Hesse had a huge impact on me as an adolescent as did, George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, which I read in the same week and am still processing!
I also loved James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Roddy Doyle and James Stephens’ Crock of Gold. My list could go on and on . . .
What are you reading right now?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Memories of My Melancholy Whores. I am re-reading it and studying every word. He is an enormously gifted writer who has taken the craft to the highest level.
If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors — dead or alive — who would they be and what would you serve them?
Kurt Vonnegut for the perspective.
Oscar Wilde for sheer wit.
Su Walton for humour.
Meave Binchy because she is hilarious and Pablo Neruda for contradictions.
I would serve anything Italian with red wine.
What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?
Horace Sippog and the Siren’s Song by Su Walton is, for me, one of the funniest books.
What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?
“To thine own self be true.”