Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ross Raisin

Ross Raisin holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Goldsmiths College in London, England. He has lived for various short periods in Connemara, Grenoble, Nice and Paris, working as a dishwasher, barman and waiter. He is an avid football fan and Bradford City supporter. Out Backward is his first novel.  Waterline, his new novel, is out now in the UK and due for its US release in February 2012.

From his Q & A with Anna Metcalfe at the Financial Times:

What is your daily writing routine?

For my latest book, I’d get up, have breakfast, watch an episode of Frasier, write from 9am until 6pm and finish with an episode of The Simpsons.

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Who are your literary influences?

Peter Carey, Graham Greene, Doris Lessing and Thomas Hardy.

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What book do you wish you’d written?

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey. Just because it’s bloody good.

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Can you remember the first novel you read?

The Rats by James Herbert, when I was 11 or 12. It freaked me out completely. It was not the rats that frightened me, more the people.
Read the complete Q & A.

--Marshal Zeringue