Monday 24 July 2017

Write side with Dave Rudden

Dave Rudden
Dave Rudden
Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

Dave Rudden on writing to loud heavy metal, 25 rejections and the crashed computer that gave him his break.

How did you start writing your novel Knights of the Borrowed Dark?

I used to write reams of Warhammer fan fiction but my laptop died a non-recoverable death and I lost 80,000 words. I decided then I should stop writing fan fiction - because it wasn't a career - and I should write original work from then on.

Thank God for that banjaxed computer. Was it hard getting the book published?

I sent it to 26 agents, and 25 of them said 'No'. One said 'Yes' and she was the one who sent it to Puffin. When I heard I was being signed up for a deal, I was in a €2 store on George's Street with my girlfriend, and we were trying to decide between the fancy €1 soup or the 50 cent dust-flavour soup.

Where do you like to write?

In cafés or libraries or anywhere with no Wi-Fi connection. At home I tend to write in my room with extremely loud music. It veers from heavy metal for fight scenes to film soundtracks for dramatic scenes or very sad songs.

Will printed books always survive?

Children and young people gravitate more towards physical copies. They like holding the book. I agree with Stephen Fry when he said e-books are not going to replace books, any more than escalators will replace stairs.

Which two books would you take to a desert island?

Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway. Also Ulysses, because I'd definitely get through it, or I could use it as a raft.

If you weren't a writer what would you be?

Probably a teacher or an actor. Anything that would allow me to be loud and big and ridiculous in front of an audience.

Well, there's always RTÉ...

* Dave Rudden is a judge in the written categories of the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. Deadline for entries is Friday, February 17: bgesta.ie

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