Author Revealed

About Edward Hogan

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 1/1

Q. Previous occupations

A. grass-strimmer, pot-washer, conservatory salesman, bloke holding the board in Leicester Square, teacher.

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing. I liked teaching GCSE re-sits at Richmond College, South London. To quote one of my students, it was live, bruv. Brrraaappp.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Ecclesbourne School, Derbyshire.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. The Smiths, Marvin Gaye, Elliott Smith, Kate Bush.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Dead Man's Shoes, Junebug, On the Waterfront, LA Confidential, Moonstruck.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Alan Partridge, NYPD Blue, The Wire.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. I live by the sea with someone nice.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Double your failure rate.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Alice Munro, Annie Proulx's short stories, Pat Barker - especially Union Street, Lorrie Moore, Hilary Mantel, Miriam Toews, Janet Frame, Daniel Jeffreys, A.A Milne, Ali Smith.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Close Range - Annie Proulx A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte Union Street - Pat Barker The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Brokeback Mountain. I read it once every few months. And 'Walker Brother's Cowboy' by Alice Munro.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Do it because you love it, read lots, delete solitaire from your computer and avoid white cider.

Q. How did you come to write Blackmoor?

A. Well, I had this image of a little kid falling out of a window. I started writing about that in my bedroom about 8 years ago. Things just got out of hand.

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