My father was very outwardly religious.
Yes, though I have nothing but gratitude for my upbringing in the church.
But that private world, once it's dramatised, doesn't live again until it finds a reader.
I've never written anything that hasn't been in my mind for a long time - seven or eight years.
I read all the time. I was reading a book I admire very much by Alice McDermot called Charming Billy.
I feel I grew up in a different century than I live in. I think most of them are changes for the good.
I love the description of Gothic churches before the printed word, that they were the bibles of the poor.
I think fiction is a very serious thing, that while it is fiction, it is also a revelation of truth, or facts.
Ireland is a peculiar society in the sense that it was a nineteenth century society up to about 1970 and then it almost bypassed the twentieth century.
I think it's linked to the realisation that we're not going to live forever and that the way of saying and the language become more important than the story.