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Interview: Peter Murphy, Author of Lagan Love

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Born in Killarney, Peter Murphy spent the first three years of his life there before his family was deported to Dublin.  Mr. Murphy grew up in the verdant braes of Templeogue, where he was schooled by the De La Salle brothers in Churchtown and where he also played rugby for ‘The Wine and Gold’. A rebel, Peter Murphy also played football (soccer) in secret!

Mr. Murphy went on to graduate and study the Humanities in Grogan’s under the guidance of Scot’s Corner and the bar staff; Paddy, Tommy and Sean.  He also financed his education by working summers on the buildings sites of London. Some of the places in which he worked were Cricklewood, Camden Town and Kilburn. 

Other adventures that Peter Murpy partook in were tramping the roads of Europe playing music and living without a care in the world. However, his move to Canada changed all of that. 

Mr. Murphy took on a day job as well as playing music in bars at night until that little thing called family life intervened.  After he finished raising his children and packing them off to University, Peter Murphy answered that the long-ignored internal voice and began to write.

Mr. Murphy’s first novel is title Lagan Love.  Readers can learn more about Peter Murphy by visiting his website, blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Please tell us a bit about your book, Lagan Love, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.

Lagan Love can be considered a love story, albeit, a dark love story but I hope that readers will see and reflect on its cautionary tale. I hope it raises the question of how much we are willing to pay for our dreams. I also hope that readers enjoy the humour and humanity the story contains.

Who are your favorite characters in the story?  

Janice is my favourite character as she muddles through an ever confusing landscape while trying to shed all that constrained her. As her doubts and fears gather she relies more and more on denial and self-justification – traits that are so commonplace there days.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?

‘Ah, Sweet Jesus, it’s as plain as the nose on your face. She did it for love.’

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.”

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