I'm quite interested in the absolute roots of narrative, why we tell stories at all: where the monsters come from.
There's no such thing as a life that is not normal, or, there's no such thing as a life that is not abnormal. We all have amazing lives; we all have very dull lives.
I do wish I could write like some of the American women, who can be clever and heartfelt and hopeful; people like Lorrie Moore and Jennifer Egan. But Ireland messed me up too much, I think, so I can't.
I can't think of anything you might say about Irish people that is absolutely true.
I love the characters not knowing everything and the reader knowing more than them. There's more mischief in that and more room for seriousness, too.