After five awful movies, I admitted failure and said I was not cut out to be an actor. But how many people get a chance to live their dream?
Crime fiction is the new rock n' roll.
I always had this notion of a noir novel in Galway. The city is exploding, emigration has reversed, and we are fast becoming a cosmopolitan city.
I decided to write books, just to prove to myself that I was still alive, if nothing else.
I was a failed actor, but for 25 years, I got to go on stage anyway, and I loved it. I've still got the day job, and the travel bug.
I'd kill to be a poet.
Jack Taylor was a private investigator in Galway, which seemed like madness. I used lots of Galway-isms, which seemed like madness, too.
My father believed a real man didn't read, and my parents hoped I'd get some sense and find a job in insurance.
My own life has had so many twists that I keep thinking I'll have one blessing that is not in disguise.
The only book in our home was the Bible. My parents forbade books. They thought I needed help because I wanted to be a writer!
The tourist board have put a bounty on me head, but they like the biz from tourists.
We haven't had crime writers, and for a long time in the Republic, we didn't seem to have a crime problem as such.
Whenever dark things happen in my life, there is always some dark humour.
Because I've been so bad at looking after myself, how would I ever look after a kid? But the old cliche applied: they handed her to me, and my world turned upside down - and I realised I was now going to be vulnerable in more ways than I expected.
I committed a cardinal sin as a kid. I never spoke, and my mother thought there was something seriously wrong with me. A silent child is regarded as a problem in Ireland, and I just read all the time.
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