About Cornelius Kane
Q. Previous occupations
A. Ace maritime troubleshooter (I always liked that description of Dirk Pitt on the back of a Clive Cussler book)
Q. Favorite job
A. Film librarian in a video warehouse
Q. High school and/or college
A. Melbourne, Australia
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Thomas Newman
Q. Favorite movie
A. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Q. Favorite television show
A. The Simpsons
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. A constant battle with brainwashing
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Remember you are only a dog
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Edinburgh or Paris
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Napoleon Bonaparte, sadly
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Roman Polanski (for his films)
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Do that again and I'll kill ya.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Last time I said that
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Fluency in ten languages
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Climbing a drainpipe to a third-story roof
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A cockatoo. Live to a hundred and always smiling
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. King Midas. "Will you touch this book?"
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Leaf blowers.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Playing snooker
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Film scout
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Integrity. Compassion. Self-deprecation.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. The film scores of Jerry Goldsmith
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Anthony Burgess, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Oscar Hijuelos, Jules Verne, Robert Harris.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez The Voyages Extraordinaires series by Jules Verne The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. See above
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. It's largely a lottery, so don't count on talent
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. You use long sentences
Q. How did you come to write Unscratchables?
A. I'd written some labor-intensive historical novels and wanted to take a break. The Unscratchables is just one idea I've had percolating for years. I wasn't sure if it work as a book but, once having started it, was genuinely surprised at how well it seemed to read on the page.