Interview with Cornelius Kane

October, 2009
Cornelius Kane

What Readers want to know...


SS: What’s your greatest fear?

CK: Mediocrity

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?

CK: Ambivalence

SS: What’s your best quality?

CK: Ambivalence

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?

CK: Cynicism

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

CK: God

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

CK: Satan

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?

CK: Souvlaki

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


General Questions


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


Quick Start


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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