Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tana French

1 - What's your latest?

Tana French: It's called FAITHFUL PLACE, and it's out in July in the US. Frank Mackey was nineteen, growing up poor on Faithful Place in Dublin's inner city, when he and his first love Rosie made plans to run away together. When she didn't show, he thought she had dumped him. He never went home again. Twenty-two years later, he's an undercover detective. Then Rosie's suitcase shows up in an abandoned house in Faithful Place, and Frank is going home whether he likes it or not.

2 - Assuming I haven't read it, why should I?

Tana French: It's about family and the lifelong, tangled, bone-deep power it has, for better or for worse; it's about the many different kinds of love and what happens when they come into conflict; it's about home and what that means; and it's a love song to Dublin. If any of those sound like your kind of thing, give it a go.

3 - What can you tell us about your main character that you hadn't realized until you answered the question?

Tana French: He could probably kick any of my other characters' arse.

4 - What's your favorite scene and why?

Tana French: There's a scene, early on, where Frank and his two brothers and two sisters are sitting out on the front steps of their parents' home. They haven't been together like that for twenty-two years, and they're re-testing the boundaries of their relationships, falling back into old patterns, trying to work out who these people are now. I just like it. The complexities and nuances of sibling relationships fascinate me.

5 - What's next?

Tana French: I'm working on Book 4. This time the narrator is Scorcher Kennedy, Frank's old friend/rival/general nuisance from Faithful Place. Frank's take on him wasn't exactly objective, so Scorcher is a little different as a narrator than he was as a supporting character.

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