(Okay, okay, and I admit: I totally have a crush on him. Fear not. My thinking he's a dreamy Irish hunk had no impact on my journalistic integrity - these 7SS being so serious and all.)
- stout or lager? Lager - can't stand stout.
- Bransford or Moonrat? Oh, don't make me choose! Um, Moonrat, but only because I've met her in person and she took me to a karaoke party.
- David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar? Roth, of course.
- coffee or tea? Tea - can't stand coffee.
- celebrity crush: Just one? Any female news reader - Fiona Bruce from the BBC News, for instance. Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls. Jenna Fischer from The Office. Oh, and Cindy Pon, now that she's all famous.
- a phrase you use often: "Sorry I'm so late," usually followed by a poorly thought-out excuse.
- music you write by: All sorts, but recently it's been Mutter, and album by German industrial metal band Rammstein.
TELL US about any of your weird writing habits or idiosyncracies. (ie, What’s one “thing” you need to write, the thing without which the creative juices would cease to flow?)
I need a guitar to hand at all times so I can noodle on it while I think. It's kind of like how people will doodle with a pen and paper.
TEACH US one or two of your favorite vocabulary words.
Pishmire, which is a local expression for someone grumpy or miserable. It's come from an old word for piss ant. That's about as clean a word as I can think of for now...
- The last book I finished reading was BLOOD'S A ROVER by James Ellroy.
- I gave it 5 stars.
- One word to describe it is surprising.
QUESTION: What was the most difficult part of The Twelve’s journey to publication?
Being on tenterhooks for what seemed like forever as it was doing the rounds at the UK publishers. You hear of book deals being struck in minutes, but my auction seemed to go on for weeks.
QUESTION: What has surprised you most about the publishing process itself?
How eagle-eyed my editor at Harvill Secker, Briony Everroad, is. Her eye for detail is staggering. And also how generous people in the writing community are, from struggling hopefuls to big-name best selling authors.
GIVE US THE SCOOP. Tell us something about yourself that’s exclusive to In Search of Giants (ie, has never been publicized in print or podcast interviews.)
I, a fully grown man, can't ride a bike. And I don't mean a motorcycle, I mean a bicycle with pedals.
Obviously I was hoping that Stuart's "scoop" was that he was naming a character in his next book after me, but, whatever. Thanks for letting me interview you, Stuart!