Winner of the 2016 Luke Bitmead Bursary
‘I’ve never quite read anything like it… funny, moving and terrifying all at once’ Rick O’Shea
Struggling to cope with a tragic loss, Denis Murphy has learned to live a bit differently. Both his friends are used to it – the only problem is his monstrous housemates.
When his enigmatic ex-girlfriend comes back into his life, she threatens to shatter the finely crafted world around him.
As Denis begins to re-emerge from his sheltered existence and rediscover the person he used to be, things turn nasty, and he is forced to confront the demons that share not only his house but also his head.
My Q&A with Dan Mooney
Dan Mooney is a 33 year old Air Traffic Controller, amateur filmmaker, theatre enthusiast, rugby fanatic, would-be chef and cat-friend. Ever since writing his first piece of fiction for a kid’s newspaper at age ten, he’s been writing in some form or other. Me, Myself and Them, his debut novel, is the culmination of five years of writing, and editing and learning. When he had finally had enough of editing the same manuscript over and over, he self-published his novel, but not before submitting it to the Luke Bitmead Bursary Award. To his absolute astonishment, he won the award. Since then the American rights have been sold to Park Row Book, an imprint of Harper Collins, and Dan is still trying to get over the shock.
In his spare time, he can be found writing, acting the maggot, drinking pints or performing for the stage in Limerick City in Ireland.
Describe yourself using three words?
Very annoying man.
What inspired you to write your first novel?
I’ve been writing for a long time now. It was always going to happen in one way or another. For Me, Myself and Them it was an overheard conversation that planted a little image in my head. When I couldn’t shake that little image, I started to tease it out. Several years later we have a book!
What time of day do you like to write?
Night time. Later the better. I need dark and quiet and the particular atmosphere you only get in the small hours of the morning. It’s probably a good thing that I don’t sleep much. Very productive.
What is your favourite book and why?
What a question. We could talk all day about this one. Different moods, different moments in your life demand different books, and there’s one for each occasion. If I had to pick one and one only, I think I’d probably go with Stephen King’s 11/22/63 or Ursula Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness.
How did you pick the title of your book?
I didn’t. I’m awful at titles. I had picked this dreadful, never to be repeated title. A mate of mine used to cringe every time it got mentioned. Eventually, he very delicately suggested a change of title and offered Me, Myself and Them. I owe Phil for that one.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
Physically yes. The Monsters are monstrous, so that was easy, the rest of the characters were modelled on friends of mine. Sometimes unflatteringly. It’s funny. They all seem to think they know who’s modelled on whom. Most of them are wrong.
What’s your favourite word?
Plinth. Don’t know why. Just like it.
If you were a colour what would it be?
Yellow. Because then I could be a Simpson’s character.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
Plan. Always. I once tried to write without a plan, it did not go well for me. I need structure and a format for things to fit in. I need the story and the characters to make sense. I need to know where they’re going and why. Sort of like the exact opposite of my life.
Who is your favourite Author?
Ursula Le Guin. Genius. Stephen King a close second.
You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Estraven from Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness, Pi from Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, Whiskeyjack from Steven Eriksen’s Malazan Book of the Fallen and Sparhawk from David and Leigh Eddings’ Elenium. The conversation would be strained, and I’d annoy them all endlessly with questions, but I’d be happy.
What book are you reading at the moment?
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald’s The Apple Tart of Hope. It’s a YA novel and it’s warm and lovely and beautifully written.
Where in the world is your happy place?
Ha. That’s like the book question. There’s different places for different times. Thomond Park would be one. The Curragower Bar would be another, as would Charlie Malones. The Pollock Holes in Kilkee on a sunny day for a swim, City Island New York… So many happy places.
If you had one superpower what would it be?
I already have one. I always find convenient parking spaces, no matter how busy town is, no matter the traffic, a space always seems to turn up for me. I don’t know how I ended up with this power, but I routinely abuse it.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
Mr Hyde from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Two happy endings for the price of one.
Are you working on a new project?
Loosely titled A Rock and A High Place, I’m about halfway through the first draft of my second novel. It’s progressing. I don’t want to say it’s progressing well, but as someone recently told me: Done is better than perfect.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
I’ll be attending the Felixstowe Book Festival at the start of July as part of a panel of author’s discussing men’s mental health and the role of literature. Very excited about it. Martin Bannister and Matt Johnson will also be attending and I’m looking forward to hearing their thoughts. They’re both extremely interesting authors.
You can purchase Me, Myself and Them here: Amazon UK it was published on the 01/06/2017 By Legend Press.
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I am delighted to be kick-starting the Blog Tour for Me, Myself and Them, huge thanks to Dan Mooney and Legend Press for having me on the tour.
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