Author Interview with Matt Haig, Author of "The Radleys"
Created By: BookBundlz
1. If you could have coffee with any 3 authors, living or dead, who would they be?
Graham Greene, Emily Bronte, Lord Byron.
2. If you could only take one book, food item and drink with you to a deserted island what would they be?
Book: The Tempest, Shakespeare (perfect for desert islands).
Food: peanut butter (plus bread, hopefully).
3. What are your secret indulgences?
Aside from Guinness and peanut butter sandwiches...? Erm, airport thrillers.
4. What about you would surprise your readers?
I was never a vampire geek.
5. What is your perfect day as an author?
Run, shower, work on first draft of a new novel I'm excited about, have lunch with Lucas and Pearl (my kids), more work, wind down by watching an old classic movie or two and eating something spicy.
6. If you could be any fictional character who would it be?
Byron's Don Juan.
7. What are the book(s) you are reading now?
The Ask, by Sam Lipsyte.
8. What was your favorite book as a teenager, and why?
The Outsiders, by S E Hinton. Because I was an outsider!
9. (Aside from your own) What book(s) have you read that you think are perfect for book clubs?
The Corrections and Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.
About Your Book:
10. Where did the inspiration for your book come from?
I wanted to write a book that got to the truth about families, and about how you have to repress so much of your instincts to make life work without hurting anyone... vampires were the perfect metaphoric tool for doing that, and for adding a bit of blood and naughtiness!
11. They say every book written is the author telling a personal philosophy. What personal philosophy are you trying to get across?
Oh dear! That's scary. That I'm an uptight, repressed British person. lol!
12. Writers are often surprised by something that happens in their book. Perhaps a character says or does something you did not think they would, or something you thought would only be a couple of paragraphs turns into 10 pages. What surprised you about your book?
The character of Will who is a bit mad, bad and dangerous... He just seemed to have a force of his own and wrote himself.
About Your Writing Process:
13. What is your writing process like?
Unbalanced. It's either 18 hour days 7 days a week or months of agonizing about which idea to choose. Not healthy!
14. What gets you in the mood to write?
Great books and movies.
15. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Forget the market. Write the book you would pick up yourself. And always try and write the truth, even if it's vampires. Emotional truth is what makes a book worth reading.