Brian Conaghan was born in 1971. He was raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives and works as a teacher in Dublin. He is the author of The Boy Who Made It Rain and When Mr. Dog Bites, and has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Over the years Brian has made his dosh as a painter and decorator, a barman, a DJ, an actor, a teacher and now a writer. He currently lives in Dublin with two beauties who hinder his writing: his wife Orla and daughter Rosie.
Hello Brian, thank you for agreeing to this interview. It is an honor for me. Please, tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m originally from Scotland, but now live in Dublin with my wife and daughter. I spent many years as a teacher but now work as a fulltime writer. My potted history is actually on the back of the book, which you have covered in question 4. I’m 42 and have never been to jail.
Do you read books? What book(s) are you reading at present? Do you prefer paper/hard backs or E-books?
I tend to read a lot of non-fiction books as well as multi-genre fiction. At present I am reading Tenth of December by George Saunders. I am most definitely a paperback reader.
If you have to name one book and one writer who inspires you, who would be and why?
That’s a difficult one! Possibly Catcher in the Rye because of the genius of Salinger’s writing and the brilliant central character that is Holden Caulfield. But no one writer inspires me.