One Minute With: Denise Mina
Friday 17 July 2009
Where are you now and what can you see?
I am standing in my bathroom and I'm looking at the mess in my bedroom.
What are you currently reading?
I'm finishing Rubicon, a book about the Roman Republic, and just finished Occupied City by David Peace.
Choose a favourite author and say why you like her/him
I love Mikhail Bulgakov. He is very original and takes the story to unexpected places. I didn't realise political writing could be so funny.
Describe the room where you usually write
It basically started off as a beautiful study and slowly became a box room. It is 30 sq metres stacked with paper where I used to have 30 sq metres of space, and a leather armchair.
What distracts you from writing?
Childcare. I have two children. They are more fun than anything in the world, and it's more immediate fun than the hard slog of writing.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Probably the dog in (Bulgakov's) Heart of a Dog, and what happens when a woman, and working class people, get access to education.
What are your readers like when you meeT them?
Amazing. I thought they'd be slightly shambolic people like me but they are often 80-year-old women or women in positions of power. I have an intense relationship with some of them.
Who is your hero from outside literature?
Probably my great aunt Kate. She was totally self-educated and highly opinionated. She always dressed flamboyantly and married a passive man. She was intensely political, and all her children went to university.
Denise Mina's novel, 'Still Midnight', is published by Orion.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 North Korean prison officers 'cooked prisoner's baby and fed it to their dogs', more horrific accounts from UN report reveal
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 4 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever