Interview with Cornelius KaneOctober, 2009
What Readers want to know...
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
CK: Edinburgh or Paris
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
CK: Napoleon Bonaparte, sadly
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
CK: Roman Polanski (for his films)
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
CK: Do that again and I'll kill ya.
SS: What do you regret most?
CK: Last time I said that
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
CK: Fluency in ten languages
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
CK: Climbing a drainpipe to a third-story roof
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
SS: What’s your best quality?
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
CK: A cockatoo. Live to a hundred and always smiling
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
CK: King Midas. "Will you touch this book?"
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
CK: Leaf blowers.
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
CK: Playing snooker
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
CK: Film scout
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
CK: Integrity. Compassion. Self-deprecation.
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
CK: The film scores of Jerry Goldsmith
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
CK: Anthony Burgess, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Oscar Hijuelos, Jules Verne, Robert Harris.
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
CK: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez The Voyages Extraordinaires series by Jules Verne The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
CK: See above
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
CK: It's largely a lottery, so don't count on talent
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
CK: You use long sentences
SS: What were your previous occupations?
CK: Ace maritime troubleshooter (I always liked that description of Dirk Pitt on the back of a Clive Cussler book)
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
CK: Film librarian in a video warehouse
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
CK: Melbourne, Australia
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
CK: Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Thomas Newman
SS: What is your favorite movie?
CK: 2001: A Space Odyssey
SS: What is your favorite television show?
CK: The Simpsons
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
CK: A constant battle with brainwashing
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
CK: Remember you are only a dog
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