Wednesday 17 July 2019

The Four Minute Interview with writer Anna McPartlin

Anna McPartlin
Anna McPartlin

The writer on her husband, her book deal and Boy George.

What's been the best decade of your life so far and why?

My 30s, as I married my husband Donal and got my first book deal.

What was the worst moment of your life?

The day my mum went into a home. She had MS. I was eleven.

What secret skill or talent do you have?

My super power is that I can read people's feelings. 

If there was one song you associated with your youth, what would it be?

Boy George Karma Chameleon. He was the only pop star whose poster I ever had on my bedroom wall.

What was the last lie you told?

That I'd cleaned the house. My husband is the one who always cleans the house. I think he has OCD.

What do you consider the greatest work of art?

For me it was Leonard Cohen performing in the Albert Hall. He was mesmerising.

Which local star in any field should the world outside of Britain and Ireland know about?

Jack L. He's not as big as Jay-Z, but he's definitely as talented.

What is your greatest regret?

I haven't deliberately hurt anyone. So I have no regrets.

What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

I feel guilty about nothing. I could say chocolate, but no, I'm not feeling the guilt.

Who is/was the love of your life?

My husband Donal. I've been with him for 21 years. We met in a theatre group while performing for children in hospital, and it was love at first sight.

What is your present state of mind?

Joyful. We had a down year last year, but we still felt lucky. We're well matched in that we both find happiness in the small things.

What are the consolations of getting older?

You're more selfish. You can do too much for other people, and a 'you before me' attitude isn't healthy.

What living heroes or heroines do you have?

Bob Geldof. I've been a big fan since Band Aid and Do They Know It's Christmas.

What is your best chat up line?

Women didn't have chat up lines in the 80s. You simply smiled and hoped the right one would ask so you could say 'yes'.

What is the best lesson life has taught you?

Bad things happen and a lot of it is circumstances. But it's hard to move on from deliberate cruelty. Bullying really scars.

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, by Anna McPartlin, is published by Transworld Ireland, price €11.24

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