What movie do you love to watch?
My favourite movie is The Prestige but I’ve only ever watched it once because I’m afraid a second viewing might not live up to my first impression. Movie I would happily watch more than once include Silverado, Jaws and The Dark Knight Returns.
How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?
I think they’re a good thing with tremendous potential to help people whether it be on a personal or business level. At the same time, people need to consider what they’re posting because it will be ‘there’ forever and they may be judged by it – I think this message is getting through.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
Besides a full-time writer, I think it would be great to make documentaries on subjects you love, assuming you could raise the funding. Saying that, I know very little about film-making and it would be the research part of the process that I would probably enjoy most.
What makes you angry?
Opportunism by politicians, both local and national. Unfortunately, the principles and promises most espouse before making it into office never survive once they’re there. Whenever there is a tragedy or scandal, rather than look for real solutions they use it as an opportunity to score points off one another. That’s why it’s very refreshing when you do occasionally see one who stands over their pledges.
Are you a city slicker or a country lover?
I love visiting the countryside, and if I could live in somewhere as beautiful as the Cotswolds in England I would l think it’d be great. Saying that we moved from a commuter town into an area in Central Dublin a couple of years ago and I love the access to places like libraries and restaurants it gives us.
How do you think people perceive writers?
The stereotype is someone who wears a smoking jacket, cravat and smokes a pipe but I think most people who read nowadays have access to information about their favourite authors so I’d say they perceive them pretty accurately. Saying that there’s nothing wrong with smoking jackets or cravats.
What’s your next project?
I’ve already started on Waterfall, my second novel which I am looking forward to finishing.
What would you love to produce in your life?
As series of books about characters that readers found compelling.
Do you know your neighbors?
Yes, we bought our current house in 2010 and had do quite an extensive construction job involving renovation and extension, so it was only fair to let the neighbors know what was going to be involved. Since then we’ve gotten to know many of them much better and really enjoy where we live.
How important are friends in your life?
Absolutely essential whether it’s to provide simple companionship or to offer support or advice in a difficult situation. I’d say that my appreciation for my friends has increased over the years.
How many friends does a person need?
I think it’s great to have a large circle of acquaintances and people you socialise with but if you have two or three really close friends that should provide you with a lot of what you need to get through tough times.
WINNER THE JOHN MURRAY SHOW / RTE GUIDE / KAZOO COMPETITION
A brutal conflict unleashed.
Who stands to win?
A bloody massacre at a Mexican heroin refinery; a Miami-bound freight ship hijacked for its cargo of illegal narcotics; the ruthless assassination of a Kosovar drug lord – a war has erupted between two drugs superpowers.
As DEA Agent Diane Mesi investigates she becomes convinced that the conflict is being orchestrated by an unknown third party. But she is marginalised by her colleagues and her judgement is challenged at every turn. Only if she can expose the truth will she be able to stop the violence and save her career.
Michael Larsen is an ex-soldier and hired mercenary who has been contracted to fuel the conflict at every opportunity until it destroys both sides. As he battles his own demons, he hopes that by directing the violence he will attain some measure of redemption.
But neither Mesi nor Larsen know the full extent of the forces at play or of what is truly at stake. As they each pursue their own resolution, the violence escalates and they become increasingly vulnerable to the dangers that stalk them.
Incitement won the John Murray Show / RTE Guide / Kazoo Competition from over 500 entries.
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Genre – Thriller
Rating – R
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