About Gerard O'Donovan
Q. Previous occupations
A. journalist, civil servant, barman, bookseller, gherkin-bottler, philosophy tutor and English teacher, among others
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. I went to primary and secondary school at Oatlands College in Dublin, Ireland, and did my degree at University College Dublin
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. My favourite composer would definitely be JS Bach
Q. Favorite movie
A. I have many to chose, but I could watch Double Indemnity, His Girl Friday or Taxi Driver a hundred times and never get bored
Q. Favorite television show
A. It's a long list as I write a lot about television for work, but The Sopranos definitely would be up there towards the top, and I'm a big fan of the original Swedish adaptations of Henning Mankell's Wallander novels
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Happy, curious, eager, bashful, fruitful, loving and Irish
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Come on, it's got to be worth a try...
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I'm sure it's different for everyone, but for me on the few occasions I've come close to it, it was a still quiet calm that flooded every atom of my being with the certainty that I am a very lucky man.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. fear itself
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. in the Maldives, a cold drink in one hand, a good book in the other, toes dipped in the ocean
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My wife, Angela
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. not being born filthy rich and irresistably handsome
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. a minor miracle
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. My endless capacity for idleness
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. my modesty, of course!
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Myself twenty years ago, knowing what I know now.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Stephen Maturin, from Patrick O'Brien's epic Aubrey-Maturin series of seafaring novels – a comprehensively "satisfying" character
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Tom Ripley, Patricia Highsmith's great creation
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. "There's so much other fruit to choose from, Adam, why spoil things for everything by insisting on eating that one?"
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. our cultural obsession with celebrity
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading, walking my dog Barney, chatting in the pub with friends
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. writer in residence, University of the Maldives
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. in others? Humour, intelligenge and the ability to make a decent cup of coffee
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. soup (tee-hee!)
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Too many to mention, so I'll just stick to living crime writers: Ian Rankin Michael Connelly Peter Temple James Ellroy Mark Billingham
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Gullivers Travels, by Jonathan Swift Ulysses, by James Joyce The Mauritius Command, by Patrick O'Brien Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen The Stranger, by Albert Camus
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. I rarely reread, there's so much exciting stuff I haven't got around to yet
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Give it time, meet as many writers as you can, and don't give up.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. "I couldn't put it down"