I am inspired by everything from my family to what happens in the world around you. I can usually tell where the characters come from but the story’s origin is usually a mystery.
What defines an extraordinary story?
I think the most important thing is the voice of the narrator. If you are interested by the thought process of the writer, you are willing to follow deeper into the story.
Which author inspired you during the last months and why?
I really enjoyed a book called The City of Bohane by Kevin Barry because he created a completely new style of English which I found fascinating.
How do you see the future of literature – which topics will enthrall, which genres will be read?
I think literature will follow the lead of fashion, that is everything will become popular as foreign texts become more easily available.
What role does the staging of your books in front of an audience play for you and how do you interact with your readers?
I think it is important to communicate with readers in person so that they may get a glimpse of what is going on in your head. I don’t usually read aloud as I think reading is a solitary activity.
What kind of feeling is it to hold a new book in your hands after writing on it for months?
It always feels amazing and somewhat unreatl to hold a book in one’s hand when it ha been created from thoughts and dreams. It is a little like magic.
How do you prefer reading – on an e-reader or in a printed book?
I prefer a printed book but I have no objection to e-publishing.
Which responsibility – if at all – does an author have towards our society?
I think the author like any artist cannot escape holding a mirror to society, that does not mean he is a judge of society.
In your writing, how deeply are you influenced by your own experiences?
Many of my stories come from my own experiences with my family. I take the kernel of truth then piles layers of exagerration on top.
What let’s a book be a perfect book?
I doubt there is such a thing as a perfect book. When I am reading my own work which I do rarely at an event, even one repetition of a word can ruin the experience.
Did you ever have an idea for a story which you didn’t come to realize in a novel?
I have hundreds of ideas which I haven’t gotten around to yet. So many books so little time.
Which topic would you like to write your next book about?
I would like to write a love story someday soon. I don’t think my readers will expect that. I hope they stick with me.
Is there a figure in your stories other authors would admire you about?
Other authors have commented to me that they like the character of Artemis Fowl because there is no-one like him in popular literature. I woild love to be remembered for him.