John Horan is a writer and filmmaker living in Cork, Ireland. He has had short films shown in various Irish film festivals. This is his debut novel. He is working on perfecting the art of the average day. He considers himself a Catholic Buddhist. His heroes include Kurt Cobain and Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski. He's been influenced by the DIY ethos of punk and the 'fuck the world' attitude of Peckinpah films. He was sober for 10 years but now he is having the occasional beer again.
What is your writing process?
I get up late, in the afternoon. I wonder what I'm doing with my life. I drink some coffee. I try and meditate and I wonder if this some cosmic dream I'll wake up from some day. I browse the internet, I listen to music, I watch TV. Eventually I feel tired and want to go bed. Then, nudged by conscience, I decide to do some writing for 15 minutes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the were collections of Hans Christian Anderson and Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales in my room when I was a child. They were the gateway to falling in love with stories.