Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in my office and looking at an old brick wall. It's behind my desk, and it's the only thing that I can see beyond my computer screen when I'm working. I like to think of it as a metaphor – or perhaps I don't like to think of it as a metaphor, depending on my mood.
What are you currently reading?
'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan, and Robert McCrum's 'Wodehouse: A Life'. I don't think I could like someone who didn't enjoy Wodehouse's work. It's a test of character.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
James Lee Burke, for the beauty of his prose and the depth of his compassion.
Describe the room where you usually write
It's a converted attic, and the angled ceiling is very low. Every so often I walk into one of the window frames and bang my head. I suspect I'm incurring some form of ongoing concussion that will eventually lead to my demise.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I wish I could think of someone deeply heroic, but I suspect that, as I grow older, it may be Ignatius J. Reilly in John Kennedy Toole's 'A Confederacy of Dunces'. Although I don't live with my mum.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
It changes, but I'll name my oldest American friend, Joe Long. He has a way of brightening any life that he touches, and that's no small gift.
John Connolly's 'The Wolf in Winter' by is published by Hodder & Stoughton