Interview with Eoin Clifford

What's the story behind your latest book?
Following Ireland's recession, everyone was looking for people to blame. Luckily there were plenty, and the media went at them heel-for-leather. There was an atmosphere of such vitriol and disbelief, I felt I had to try and tap into it.
Unfortunately it took me longer than I expected to finalise the 'Debtribution', and recession-fatigue has probably crept in by now, but hopefully there''s still enough anger there to push up my sales :D
Plus I have always been good at getting cheap laughs, of which the book has many.
How do you approach cover design?
I had a concept in mind, but unfortunately didn't have the skills to do it justice. I threw together a dodgy mock-up, showed it to my buddy, who showed it to his brother-in-law, who happens to be a celebrated graphic designer.
He then threw it together for me for free, because it was 'a fun visual to do'. :D
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything goes really. I used to be a sci-fi/fantasy junkie but mix it up much more nowadays. Last book I really enjoyed was 'The Windup Girl' by Paolo Bacigalupi.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Not really by choice. I won an iPad mini, so that's what I use. But I prefer the original kindle, and mostly read print.
Describe your desk
We bought our house a few months back. My desk is in a room that is awaiting redecoration, and doubles as my DIY junk space. TO the left is some stationary stuff, to the right a bunch of chargers and cables, and on the shelf above, a soldering iron, claw hammer, multimeter, and a motley collection of stuff used to force stuff to stay stuck to other stuff.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I tap into a creative part of my brain that I don't get to use much these days. I always enjoyed the odd lie, but this takes it to a whole new level. One minute I would be staring dumbly at a page struggling to think of anything coherent, the next I would be hyperactively scribbling what I consider, at that moment, to be the best idea ever.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm a big fan of Philip K. Dick. His stories are unique, bizarre, and brilliant. They've led to some great movies too, Total Recall being the obvious one.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't like lying in bed once I'm awake, too much stuff to do. Plus I have a job.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah I think so. I was 9 or so and wrote about 'The Cool Gangster Band' which consisted of my mates in primary school. We solved crimes. I think I made sure everyone of my buddies in the story had some part to play in beating the bad guys. I think I even drew up a cover.
I can't remember any more details, but presumably it was fantastic.
What is your writing process?
For my latest book, I committed to spending one hour a night at least working on it.
First draft was on paper. If I really couldn't think of anything proper to write (probably happened about twice a week) I'd work on character bios, plot outlines, all the background stuff.
Once the first draft is done I type it into my laptop, fixing and adding as I go. If something is bugging me I record it and get back to it later.
Then a proof read of the typed draft, making sure all issues are fixed etc.
Then getting some feedback from my wife first (to boost confidence) then some friends.
Then respond to feedback, get cover, fix formatting, and publish :D
Published 2014-07-09.
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,640. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A serial killer is picking off Ireland's corrupt elite. Brian Doyle, an overweight, unmotivated, middle-aged Garda, is the man tasked with catching him. But does anyone even want him to? Debtribution is a humorous 'what-if' examination of Irish society. Complete with vomit, kinky sex, property, and the Catholic Church, it is a must-read for every true proud Irish soul.