Write side... with novelist Danny Denton
Debut novelist Danny Denton on his Roald Dahl rip-off poems, dragging himself from the bed to write, and his love of rain
Who gave you the encouragement to write?
As young as 10, my folks were acclaiming my Roald Dahl rip-off poems, and they never stopped. My girlfriend Rachel is a constant source of encouragement. I was also egged on by the constant slagging a few friends gave me over the years (thank you, Bryan Breen).
Is The Earlie King and The Kid in Yellow your first novel - or is there another manuscript lurking in the attic?
I had a novel before this, but nobody ever bought it off me. I'm glad about it now. The new manuscript - a work-in- progress - is glaring me in the face right now.
Who are your favourite authors?
Going with the first that come to mind: David Foster Wallace, because nobody else I've read rendered existence, loneliness and addiction with more accuracy or care; Mary Shelley for Frankenstein; and Russell Hoban for Riddley Walker, both life-changers for me. And, at the moment, Nicole Flattery - Ireland's new great writer.
It seems very wet in this book. Can you cope with Irish rain?
I love rain, the way it looks and sounds and changes the light, the way the world smells fresh and feels clean after it. Either that, or I'm suffering from an environmental form of Stockholm syndrome!
How do you get in the mood for writing?
I wake up reluctantly in the dawntime, drag myself from the bed, haul on a cardigan, trudge to the desk, force my encrusted eyes open and just get on with it.
If you weren't a novelist what would you be?
I'd fall back into one of the trillion jobs I've had since I was 14, most likely teaching or admin. I've worked on building sites, too though, and I do still miss the physical engagement and earthy nature of that.