‘The Borstal Boy’, Brendan Behan. ‘Cal’, Bernard MacLaverty. ‘Hard Times’, Charles Dickens. ‘Little House on the Prairie books’, Laura Ingalls Wilder. ‘Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys’.
A collection of books representing the human spirit on its painful and faithful journey to push against the winds of life.
What do you read for pleasure?
Describe your desk
A great and terrible mess.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a place called Mayogall in Co Derry Northern Ireland. The characters, the wildness and the hardships that greeted us as children, were responsible for leaving literary footprints on my soul.
When did you first start writing?
About 10 years old when I penned my first poem.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story centres on a 17 years old who tries to live a normal life while all around him sectarian hate is expressed through bullets, bombs and intimidation. When he finally realises that he can no longer hide from his reality, he decides to escape and embarks on a journey of friendship, love and bank robberies. The story is a reflection of the people who were rewarded with a bloody nose, for trying to create an illusion of peace.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To resurrect the living.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are like oxygen, without them the books cannot breathe.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Researching my ancestors.
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