Neil Cross

Neil Cross is the creator and sole writer of the critically acclaimed BBC America crime series Luther. In 2011, Cross was awarded the Edgar Award for Best Teleplay for episode one of Luther. He is the author of the thriller Burial and lives with his family in Wellington, New Zealand. Visit him online at Neil-Cross.com.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I can't imagine ever being in a position where I might need one, or could use one without looking like an imbecile.  "A guilty conscience needs to confess," you say. "A work of art is a confession." You think you sound like Dorothy Parker, but actually you sound like the windy old buffoon you so patently are. I wouldn't mind having my own catchphrase, though, if I could only think of one that wouldn't get on my family's nerves after about five minutes. So it would probably be - "I'll put the kettle on, shall I?", or; "Yes, you can play on the Wii."

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "tea", "cup", "kettle" and "that bloody dog."

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. The ability to touch type. The ability to draw, paint, sing, play a musical instrument, fix things, make things. But the fact that I never bothered to learn a single one of these things would appear to indicate that, really, I'm not that interested in any of them.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. The constant fear of loss and the sense of time slipping away.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. At home on a sunny day, writing well.

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