Player Profile – Adrian McKinty, author of In The Morning I’ll Be Gone


Adrian McKinty, author of I Hear The Sirens In The Streets

Tell us about your latest creation:

In The Morning I’ll Be Gone: a locked room mystery set in Northern Ireland in 1985 featuring Detective Inspector Sean Duffy.

9781846688201Where are you from / where do you call home?:

I’m from Belfast and I live in St Kilda.

When you were a kid, what did you want to become?  An author?:

Always wanted to be a writer.

What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:

The Cold Cold Ground: a generally unbiased and accurate account of what Northern Ireland was like in the apocalyptic year of 1981.

Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:

Coffee shops mostly and St Kilda library. Sometimes a pub called The Local Taphouse.

When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:

I read everything. I have read everything.

What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:

Probably The Lord of the Rings when I was about 10.

If you were a literary character, who would you be?:

Stephen Maturin from the Patrick O’Brian books because he’s such a bad ass.

Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:

White collar crime.

What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:

Illegal Pete’s Big Fish Burrito, Boulder Colorado. Russian River Pliny The Elder IPA.

Who is your hero? Why?:

Winston Churchill because he saved the world drunk off his ass half the time. And he was a hell of a writer too.

Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books
and reading?:

Reading books will increasingly become a niche cult activity but its our job to make it a cool niche cult activity.

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Twitter URL: @adrianmckinty

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Jon Page

Jon Page is a bookseller and author of the Bite the Book Blog.