Hey, Author! is my very own place to find out things about my favourite authors that other blogs just don’t ask. The nitty-gritty. The dirt. The skinny.
Not stuff about their forthcoming books, or their writing process, none of that high-brow shenanigans thank you – no – Hey, Author! is about getting to know the person behind the bestseller.
So let’s get to it.
This time around, I am super-dooper excited to have Irish author Liz Nugent under the Hey, Author! spotlight. Liz wrote one of my favourite books of all time Unravelling Oliver, and her new thriller, Lying in Wait has hit the shelves and is blazing a literary trail through the summer of 2016. The only reason I haven’t read it yet is that I don’t want to have read it. I’m enjoying the prospect of reading it too much. Go figure.
So, Liz Nugent. We like the sound of your book. We might even (okay, definitely) go and get ourselves a copy. But first you need to tell us, what is your:
Favourite night out in your hometown?
Dinner at the Trocadero restaurant. I’ve been going there for about 25 years and Robert Doggett who owns it has become a friend. Anyone who knows the restaurant might recognise it as the basis for L’Etoile Bleu in Unravelling Oliver.
Favourite skincare/haircare product?
Liz Earle cleanser because you get the muslin cloths with the product. It removes face and eye make-up and doesn’t sting. It has a subtle fragrance but is pricey enough for a cleanser. I’ve used bog standard Nivea moisturiser my entire life. My German Aunt Sybille used it and she always had beautiful skin. (I wish I had a pic of Tante Sybille here – Ed.)
Favourite book of all time? (Just one!)
Oh my God, just one? That’s impossible. Arrrrghhhhhhh. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.
Favourite clothes shop?
I’m not exactly a fashionista and I don’t enjoy shopping but the wonderful Sharon Beatty has a small shop called Maven upstairs on Wicklow Street. She doesn’t carry a huge range but she will text me when she has something in that she thinks I might like. They are special occasion items though. Apart from that, I can usually find something I like in Zara or Massimo Dutti.
Favourite restaurant anywhere in the world?
You mean besides the Trocadero? The Miramar in Monaco Ville beside the harbour. I can’t remember exactly what I ate, but I know it was delicious. The ambience was very relaxed and the views were spectacular. I have promised myself I’ll go back.
Favourite bar anywhere in the world?
O’Dowds in Roundstone, Connemara on a winter night when there’s no one around and the turf fire is lit. (Agreed. Best chowder ever – Ed.)
Perfume starring Ben Wishaw. It was a favourite book and the film did so much justice to it. It is visually stunning, every single frame could be a painting. Everything communicated by the sense of smell in the book is told in pictures. Before the film was made, the book was deemed unfilmable – and it’s about a most unusual serial killer. If you have never seen it, I envy you, because you have it to look forward to. I watch it every six months or so.
Right now, Adele. Last year, Hozier. Of all time, David Bowie. Very populist I know, but I also love Skunk Anansie, Bob Dylan, Ludovico Einaudi, William Butt, Ray La Montagne, Bach, The Divine Comedy, Kate Bush, Bill Whelan, Ailie Blunnie, June Tabor, Elvis Costello, Queen, Mozart, Zoe Conway, Tom Waits, Loyko, Dario Marianelli etc. etc.
Fillet steak cooked by my husband. We share the cooking but he’s better than me. Don’t tell him I said that.
(For the record, this below is not (as far as we know) Liz Nugent’s husband. We just like this pic at Hey, Author! and we try to use it whenever possible -Ed)
Jameson and Coke. I know it’s a terrible insult to pollute the poor Jameson with coke, but what can I say? I like it. Also, when you have a cold, add a dash of Jameson to your Lemsip. Hey presto, Jemsip.
You could be on to something there, Liz. Why have a hot whiskey, when you could have a Jemsip (c)Liz Nugent – patent pending.
So there you have it readers. When she’s not conjuring murderous villains, she’s hanging out with the theatre set in Dublin and Monaco, sipping medicinals. The life of a writer.
If you haven’t read Unravelling Oliver, I’m just plain jealous. And if you haven’t got your copy of Lying in Wait, then off with you to your nearest bookshop. I’m going to TRY put it off…just…a…little….longer…. oh, what’s the use.
Until next time on Hey, Author!