Friday 24 November 2017

Write side with author Lisa McInerney


Writer Lisa McInerney. Photo Brian Farrell
Writer Lisa McInerney. Photo Brian Farrell
Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

Lisa McInerney on her drug-dealing character, the Irish way of complaining, and blocking Donald Trump on Twitter

When did you start writing?

My way of making sense of the world was to write things down. So, I wrote stories as a little girl, as a teenager and through college.

Did any of your teachers pick up on it?

I remember a primary teacher saying: "If only she could spend time on other subjects as well. Her brain runs away with her."

Your latest novel, The Blood Miracles, focuses on Ryan Cusack, who also featured in The Glorious Heresies. Tell us about him.

He's a mess in blood and deed. He's a 21-year-old drug dealer from the Northside of Cork who found his way into the dark side of the world almost by accident. Whatever choice is given to him, he'll always take the wrong road.

You are very strong on insults. Any good ones from the novel?

Here's a piece of dialogue: "Cooney's head just holds his ears apart and if Feehily had two brains, he'd be twice as stupid."

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

I used to work for a construction company answering phones. I'd like to be an urban planner. They should at least give me a chance.

You were an early adopter of Twitter as @SwearyLady. Why have you become disenchanted with it?

It used to be actual social media. It was pleasant, people shared jokes and had fun. Now it is depressing. People see something that upsets them and they want to share it. I have had to block Donald Trump.

But you think it is good to complain...

We complain a lot here but that's not a bad thing. It helps us stay connected with how the country is run. We love to talk. We may not complain to the right people but at least we're making friends.

How do you like to write?

Always on computer. I am of the generation where I have to type everything. If I had to write an address on an envelope, I'd get a sore hand.

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