Author Revealed

About Ian Marchant

Q. Previous occupations

A. Bookdealer. Bookmakers cashier.

Q. Favorite job

A. This one

Q. High school and/or college

A. Newhaven Tideway, Lancaster University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Bacharach

Q. Favorite movie

A. Withnail & I

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Simpsons

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Bucolic. Plump. Grand-fatherly. Nocturnal. Smoky. Bookish. Funny. Girly.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Everyday is lost on which we do not dance.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Finding a copy of J.P. Martin's 'Uncle and the Battle for Badgertown' in a charity shop for 50p.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Woodlice.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Radnorshire

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Peter Cook

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Gus Poyet

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Fuck off

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Where to start?

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Swimming

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Fatherhood

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Again... where to begin?

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Temperance

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I would be me.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Bad teeth, apparently

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Nicholas Jenkins, 'A Dance to the Music of Time'.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Kenneth Widmerpool, ditto.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would like to have met Luther. And I'd say, 'Be careful what you wish for.'

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. That I don't have a dog

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Singing

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Bus conductor

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Looks, money, great shoes

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Ulster fry

On Books and Writing

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. 'A Dance To The Music of Time' by Anthony Powell 'The Dispossed' by Ursula K. Le Guin 'The Master and Margarita' by Mikhail Bulgakov '1984' by George Orwell 'Three Men in a Boat' by Jerome K. Jerome

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write, damn you, just write.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. The big lad done good.