One Minute With: Pauline McLynn
Friday 13 February 2009
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in the National Performing Arts Centre in Dublin. I can see a bit of the patio and the rehearsal room for the show that I'm doing, so I can see a bouncy castle and a barbecue.
What are you currently reading?
I'm learning Russian at the moment, because my husband is, so I have a Russian textbook at my bedside.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you like her/him?
James Lee Burke is my favourite author, and he writes detective novels set in America. He's the finest of all the crime writers. He has a poetic quality that lends itself to literature. His books have everything and he is a total joy to read.
Describe the room where you usually write
I actually do a lot of writing at the kitchen table, because I like to spread out. The kitchen has a sloping roof and some nice folding doors that go out onto the garden.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I wanted to be Nancy Drew when I was younger, so I would say her.
What distracts you from writing?
Everything distracts me. However, when I've got a deadline I find I can zone out the distractions.
What are your readers like when you meet them?
They really do range from quite young women and students right up to middle-aged ladies. I've got quite a big gay following, which I'm very happy about. It all makes for some very lively conversation.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Freddie Mercury. He was everything that I love. The ultimate showman. I wouldn't mind being him.
Pauline McLynn's new novel 'Missing You Already' is published by Headline Review.
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