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Adrian McKinty

Irish,  Novelist
Total Quotes : 40
Inside Fact In Fact

A locked-room problem lies at the heart of my new novel, 'In The Morning I'll Be Gone,' in which an RUC detective has to find out whether a publican's daughter who fell off a table in a bar that was locked from the inside was in fact murdered.

- Adrian McKinty

Book Goes Editor

A specific editor in a specific place likes the book, and you're in. A different editor on a different day goes, 'Oh, this isn't for me', or doesn't even look at it, and that's it.

- Adrian McKinty

Luck A Good Thing Works

I don't know if that's a year's bad luck, or if that's how it works. But stealing a Christmas tree - that can't be a good thing, karma-wise.

- Adrian McKinty

Literature Fiction Noir

Crime fiction, especially noir and hardboiled, is the literature of the proletariat.

- Adrian McKinty

Down Guard Had

I had gone to New York with no plan at all. I did a lot of jobs - barman, teacher, security guard, postman and construction worker - and I was meeting many eccentric characters, and they were saying funny things, which I always wrote down.

- Adrian McKinty

Work Fantasy Became

Building on the work of George Macdonald, William Morris and Edward Plunkett, what became known as high fantasy was more or less invented by J. R. R. Tolkien.

- Adrian McKinty

New Saturday Same Thing

I did the same thing as every Irish person who comes to New York. I arrived on a Wednesday, and by Saturday night, I was pulling pints at a pub in the Bronx.

- Adrian McKinty

May Stories Proper

I had a few stories and longer pieces published, but my first proper novel came in 2003, called 'Dead I Well May Be.'

- Adrian McKinty

New Pretty Read

If you haven't read 'In The Morning I'll Be Gone', I reckon it's a pretty good place to start if you're new to me and my books.

- Adrian McKinty

Winter Raining Some

I find it easier to write in the winter in Melbourne. When the weather is good you want to go out for a walk, ride a bike, go to a cafe or something. When it's raining, when it's a miserable day, I just sit down at my desk and get some work done.

- Adrian McKinty

Mobility Attempt

Because of England's lack of social mobility, unless they make truly heroic efforts, writers who are privately educated and then go on to Oxbridge or an institution like the BBC will generally embarrass themselves when they attempt to have a go at working- or lower middle-class characters.

- Adrian McKinty

Bad Agent Same Thing

Every publisher or agent I've ever met told me the same thing - that Irish readers don't want to read about the bad old days of the Troubles; neither do the English and Americans - they only want to read about the Ireland of The Quiet Man, when red-haired widows are riding bicycles and everyone else is on a horse.

- Adrian McKinty

Big England Apply

After secondary school, the big thing to do was apply for uni in England or Scotland and then just stay there.

- Adrian McKinty

Law London Miserable

I did a law degree but was miserable the whole time. I was supposed to join a law firm in London but instead went to Oxford to do a master's in philosophy.

- Adrian McKinty

Week Year Some

I was born the year the Troubles began, in 1968. That world of violence was all I knew - people murdered, maimed, kneecapped, bombed. I don't remember a time without a major atrocity of some kind every week.

- Adrian McKinty

Fiction About Section

In the crime fiction section, you may just find a novel that talks about the place where you're from and speaks to you about your life - or the life yours could have become if a little misfortune had come your way.

- Adrian McKinty

Words Been I Write

I've never been a believer in the word-count thing. I write slowly and tinker with the words and the word order, and I throw a lot of stuff out.

- Adrian McKinty

Thought Living Some

We were living in Denver, Colorado, and I was teaching high school. I asked the kids to write a short story, so I thought I should write some myself.

- Adrian McKinty

Born Going I Was Born

On my Wikipedia page, it used to say I was born in Belfast, Ireland, then it said Belfast, Northern Ireland, and then it said Belfast, U.K. So there was a little war going on about where Belfast is located.

- Adrian McKinty

Love Book Idea

I love the trilogy form. I like the idea that you can establish a character in book one. And then in the second part, you can take the characters down to their darkest point. And then in the third part, you have total freedom either to give them redemption - or just to kill them.

- Adrian McKinty