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