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.
Ask anyone in the literary know in Dublin town who the nicest local authors are and Sinéad Moriarty will be on most lists. And she’s been around Dublin a while – her latest The Good Mother, is Sinéad’s twelfth novel and I’ve no doubt that her loyal fans are already waiting impatiently for her thirteenth.
She’s certainly a busy girl, but I still managed to track her down and grill her on behalf of my lovely Hey, Author! readers. So here goes.
We like the look of your latest novel, Ms. Moriarty. But before we don our wellies and head out in the spring showers to our nearest bookshop, there are some things we need to know.
What is your:
Favourite night out in your hometown?
I love indoor/outdoor spaces. We used to be so rubbish at it in Ireland but now there are lots of lovely places to sit out in. The rooftop bar in the Dean Hotel is a great place to have a drink. The open air bar at House is also lovely at night with all the lights twinkling. For some reason I feel like I’m away when I’m sitting outside sipping wine, there is a holiday feel to it.
Favourite skincare/haircare product?
John Frieda Frizz Ease. As the French hairdresser exclaimed this summer, “you ‘ave the ‘air of ze man who is in the field to scare the birds away”. Yes, my natural hair texture is scarecrow-esque. So Frizz-ease is a miracle as far as I’m concerned.
Favourite book of all time? (Just one!)
I have to say Pat McCabe’s The Dead School. It changed the way I viewed writing. What he does with words is extraordinary. His deeply black humour makes it seem like a sin to be laughing but you can’t help it, despite the darkness of his characters. I think he’s a genius.
Favourite clothes shop?
I’m a shopaholic. Because I spend so much time in front a computer and work alone, my ‘coffee breaks’ involve me surfing the net for clothes and shoes. My latest obsession is The Outnet, you can get some really good deals online. But I do love a good browse and Brown Thomas is always a pleasure to spend time in. (We also loved the dress you wore at the launch of The Good Mother. Stylish. – Ed)
Favourite restaurant anywhere in the world?
The most spectacular restaurant I’ve ever been to – mainly because of the view – is the Château de La Chèvre d’Or in Eze in the south of France. The restaurant is set on the cliff’s edge. Stunning views.
Favourite bar anywhere in the world?
I spent a lot of time in Sheehans pub on Chatham street in Dublin as a student. I have enjoyed many fun and rowdy nights there over the years, so it always has a special place in my heart.
The Old Maid – it’s a Bette Davis classic and I love it. It reminds me of watching old Black and White movies with Mum and my sister on rainy days. Bette Davis was a real star and her performance in this very moving film is fantastic.
Since as far back as I can remember I’ve loved U2. I had posters and calendars of them all over my bedroom wall as a teenager and I still love what they do. Their ability to stick together through thick and thin and produce incredible music over decades is extraordinary. They were, for a very long time, our best export. (Roll on 22nd July! – Ed)
Roast chicken and mash potatoes followed by apple and blackberry crumble with custard. Bliss!
I love a cold glass of fizz. I think the bubbles give you a lift and I always feel a bit decadent drinking bubbles, no matter where I am or what the occasion is. Life can be difficult, so sometimes a glass of fizz can lift your spirits.
We couldn’t agree with you more, Sinéad, and what else could one quaff when whiling away the hours plotting one’s 13th novel on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean?
Bottoms up, girl.
If you haven’t already got yourself a copy of The Good Mother, off with you. By all accounts it should come with a mascara-alert and box of Kleenex, but you can judge that for yourselves.
I’m off to get my own copy, and take it to the roof bar of the Dean Hotel.
Hallelujah, here She comes…
Until next time.