His books have won many awards and piled up raving reviews in many countries. Born on January 3rd, 1951, Ken Bruen possesses the gentleness, the generosity, and the intelligence of a very old soul. Here is my interview and email/talk with him.
--Let's start with a little politic if you don't mind. Québec has often been compared to Ireland, for different reasons, like wanting to be recognised as a distinct nation and getting out of the British system; population is pretty much the same (we're just over 8 millions in population, I think Ireland is close to 7 millions); we love our beer(s) of course; and Montréal has one of the largest Irish community in North America and the second biggest St. Patrick's Day Parade after the one in Boston. We could probably find other similarities and links. What is the situation in Ireland; from what we hear it seems pretty calm right now. What's your view on life in Ireland?
--Your characters are often bums, rejects, alcoholics, drug users, crooks, etc but a good portion of them have good manners and positive life values. Although they're fundamentally good, it doesn't often end well for them. As in real life, they sometimes are just a helping hand or a lucky break from being out of trouble. Can society change that, and if so, how can it start working on the problem?
In the collected early works, titled, A Fifth of Bruen, there is a novella , The Time Of Serena May which lays out exactly how I felt and feel about having a daughter with DS.
I've never used a pseudonym though they were so worried about American Skin they wanted me to use one.
I feel fortunate to have had the chance to do this interview and would like to thank Ken Bruen for taking the time. Here's hoping I'll get the good fortune to meet him in person, in the near future.
For Ken Bruen's blog entry "On Break the 12th Lament" that he mentions early in the conversation, just click on this link.
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