Author Interview - James Brabazon
Author I draw inspiration from: At the moment: Geoffrey Household, author of Rogue Male
Favorite place to read a book: By a roaring fire on a cold night
Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Constance Chatterley
The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: In primary school, writing unsuitable stories for a ten-year-old about fast cars and PIs
Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: Paperback. But being read to is magical
The last book I read: War Music: An Account of Homer’s Iliad by Christopher Logue
Pen & paper or computer: Pen and paper for notes; computer for the hard graft
Book character I think I’d be best friends with: William, Danny’s father from Danny Champion of the World… so I could introduce his son to mine.
If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: Gambler
Favorite decade in history: The 1930s: Hemingway in Paris; the hope of the International Brigades; jazz in Harlem; Patrick Leigh Fermor walking to Constantinople; the fight against tyranny; the blues. The crucible that forged my grandparents’ resolve and their humility. On the shoulders of giants…
Place I’d most like to travel: The Underworld (return ticket only please)
My signature drink: The Break Line martini, of course - as served in the Club at the Ivy, London: one ounce vodka, one ounce poteen, a dash of dry vermouth and a drop of absinthe (that’s the break line…). Stirred. Serve very cold straight up with a twist. Always obey the Amsterdam Rule: in one sitting drink only as many as you have fingers on your left hand.
Favorite artist: Caravaggio
Number one on my bucket list: To fly a victory roll in a Spitfire over the White Cliffs of Dover
Anything else you'd like to add: A massive “thank you” to everyone who inspired, cajoled, bribed and believed in me when I wrote The Break Line.
More places to find James Brabazon: Twitter: @james_brabazon