The Writers Write Interview – John Connolly

Read our first Writers Write Interview with John Connolly, the best-selling Irish novelist.

The (First) Writers Write Interview With John Connolly

Author: John Connolly
Birthday: 31 May 1968
Date: 17 October 2006
Where: Erwins
The Book: The Book of Lost Things (Hodder)

John Connolly is an Irish writer. He is best known for The Book of Lost Things and his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker. The series began in 1999 with Every Dead Thing and there are now 16 books in the series.

1.   Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

I always wanted to be James Bond, but I lacked the energy and the height.

2.   What is your most treasured possession?

Usually the manuscript of whatever book I happen to be working on at the time. Oh, and a worn leather jacket of which I am inordinately fond.

3.   Which living person do you most dislike?

Quite often, myself.

4.   What is your greatest fear?

Cancer. I used it in a novella in the hope of cathartic release. It didn’t come…

5.   Who or what has been the greatest love of your life?

Myself apart? Books and music.

6.   What is your greatest regret?

Right now? That I agreed to start this questionnaire.

7.   If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?

God in the Bible. I like the idea of benevolent dictatorship.

8.   Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

9.   What is your favourite journey?

New York to Portland by train.

10.  What do you most value in a friend?


11.  What quality do you most admire in a woman?

Patience with men.

12.  Which book that `you’ve written is your favourite?

The Book of Lost Things.

13.  What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Discipline. Write every day. Persevere. Rewrite. As Hemingway said, “There are no great writers, only great rewriters.”

14.  What are your favourite names?

Margharita, Wine, Microbrew Beer.

15.  What do you do as a hobby?

Cook, Read, Go to Gym, Fret.

16.  What are your top 3 books?

  1. The Good Soldier
  2. Bleak House
  3. Wuthering Heights

17.  Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

In the passenger seat of a car driven by someone else.


17 October 2006