This interview with Patrick Quinlan was first published in January 2006. To find out even more about the author, you must visit our Patrick Quinlan page.
What was it that first got you into writing and when did you start writing?
Patrick Quinlan: I was in college when I first started writing. Basically, I took a creative writing class on a whim, and they set us about writing stories. I had a hunch that I might like to write before then, but I had never really done it.
Where were you born and raised?
Patrick Quinlan: I was born in the Bronx, New York (part of New York City), and lived in a neighborhood that straddled the city line between there and Yonkers, New York. I tend to think of Yonkers as my hometown.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
Patrick Quinlan: Elmore Leonard, Hunter Thompson, Norman Mailer, James Ellroy, Ernest Hemingway, and Dean Koontz, in no particular order.
Where do you stand on the nature v. nurture debate? Were you born a writer, or were there factors in your environment that enabled you to become a writer?
Patrick Quinlan: I don't really have a stance on this. I became a writer through years of application and practice, all the while earning a living at other things. Most of the factors in my environment served to thwart me from becoming a writer.
That said, as early as childhood, I used to entertain people by telling outrageous stories. Lies, basically. Hmmm. Maybe you ARE born to do this sort of thing.
There are a lot of courses teaching creative writing nowadays, but do you think that good writing can be taught?
Patrick Quinlan: I think good writing can be taught. Very definitely. Unfortunately, I also think that few people are qualified to teach it, and that most of what is taught is misleading or worse.
What kind of things do you write?
Patrick Quinlan: Mostly, I write crime thrillers. My novel "Smoked" will appear in the UK in March 2006 from Headline Books, and in the US in April 2006 from St. Martin's Press.
What, for you, is the best piece of prose that you have ever written?
Patrick Quinlan: So far, "Smoked" is it.
What are you working on now?
Patrick Quinlan: I am finishing a novel, a crime thriller called “The Fallen”. I am also working with the great film actor Rutger Hauer on his autobiography. Both books are scheduled to appear in 2007.
What is your writing day like?
Patrick Quinlan: When things are going well, I work all night, usually from about 9 pm until dawn, or later. When things aren't going well, I work odd hours, a few here, a few there.
Where would you like to be in 10 years time?
Patrick Quinlan: I'd like to have 10 books published, and working furiously toward more.
What’s the most exciting thing about writing for you?
Patrick Quinlan: I find it to be hard work, actually. Sitting on a chair, typing for hours on end is hardly exciting. Which isn't to say I don't enjoy it. I do. I like to work hard.
What’s the most frustrating thing about writing for you?
Patrick Quinlan: The things that keep me from doing it. Phone calls. Errands that need to be run. My own procrastination and laziness.
What’s the best piece of feedback that you’ve had from your audience?
Patrick Quinlan: I am getting quite good advance reviews of “Smoked”. One magazine writer has called it "a turbo-charged tour de force." That's pretty good feedback.
Do you write for a particular audience, or is your first priority to satisfy your own creativity?
Patrick Quinlan: I always write fiction to satisfy myself first.
How do you describe your writing to new readers?
Patrick Quinlan: I say, "It's kind of like Elmore Leonard, but a little different."
Do you have a homepage? If so, what’s the URL?
Patrick Quinlan: Yes:
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