John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, The Black Angel, The Gates, and The Whisperers. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland.
From his Q& A with Boyd Tonkin in the Independent:
Choose a favourite writer and say why you like her/him?Read the complete interview.
Ross Macdonald. [His detective] Lew Archer was such an influence on me, especially in his capacity for empathy. I've been fascinated by the idea that evil is the absence of empathy.
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Which fictional character most resembles you?
It would still be Ignatius J Reilly from [John Kennedy Toole's] 'A Confederacy of Dunces'. As I get older I tend to rail against the world more and more.
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Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
I'm very wary of heroes: they always let you down in the end. It would probably be somebody in music such as Neil Young or Kate Bush; someone with a very tenacious vision of themselves and their work.