4-minute warning

I was featured in the Sunday Independent’s 4 Minute Interview slot yesterday, to promote Even Flow which is officially released this Friday. Much thanks to the paper, and journalist Donal Lynch; not so great thanks to whoever decides what goes up on the independent.ie website, because this hasn’t!

So, I’m posting it below…

What was the worst moment of your life?

When I was fully convinced that I’d never be a published novelist – that was one long, dark night of the soul.

What secret skill or talent do you have?

I do a decent Elvis impersonation on “The Girl of My Best Friend” – too self-conscious to ever unveil it publicly.

If there were one song you associate with your youth what would it be?

Smells Like Teen Spirit: I was 18, grunge ruled the airwaves and my affections, and everything was pretty good in the world.

What is your greatest regret?

Not learning to play guitar when I was a kid, and then forming a band in college – I almost physically feel the regret.

What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Watching the Twilight movies over and over, although I don’t really feel that guilty about it.

Who is/was the love of your life? 
My wife and child.

What is your present state of mind?

Mostly contented, mildly panicked (a low-level, ever-present panic is the default setting of the human animal, IMO).

What do you consider the greatest work of art?

Alto Giove by Nicola Porpora.

What living heroes or heroines do you have?

I’ll limit myself to three, though there are many: Aayan Hirsi Ali, Don DeLillo, Richard Linklater.

What’s been your biggest recession sacrifice?

Still driving a 12-year-old car with a bockety exhaust.

On what occasion do you consider it ok to lie?

When a kid asks you about Santa Claus, death, or any combination of the two.

What’s the sexiest quality in a man/woman?

Self-confidence in its purest sense, i.e. not brashness but being at ease in your own skin.

What are the consolations of getting older?

People indulge you more: bad dress sense, grouchiness, talking to yourself, bizarre views on how to fix the world, etc.

Which local star – in any field – should the world outside Ireland know about?

Chris Binchy – a really fine writer.

What’s your best chat up line?

Are you gonna go my way?

  • Darragh McManus is an author and journalist. His crime novel Even Flow, released on September 28, is available in print or e-book.
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