Short, Sharp Interview: Frank Duffy

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PDB: What’s going on now?

I’m just finishing up the final edits on a novel for a literary and film agency, and I’m halfway through a fourth short story collection, Leaving The Room.

PDB: How did you research your latest book?

Hungry Celluloid is a collection of short stories, and apart from a bit of fine tuning in regards to background details, the rest was pure imagination. Stories like She Is Waiting and Ambiguous wrote themselves given my background in teaching abroad, so it was relatively plain sailing.

PDB: Which of your publications has been the most successful?

I would have to say that they’ve all sold similar amounts, though I’m hoping Hungry Celluloid will do good business.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme of 2015?

The latest Mad Max, which was unbeatable in terms of cinematic spectacle, has been a definite highlight so far, but the three films which have had a huge impact on me this year have been It Follows, Listen Up Philip and The Spectacular Now.

As for music, I’d say Husbands by Savages has been my favourite track so far.

TV, there has been a lot I’ve just caught up with, but True Detective the second series, Happy Valley and Wolf Hall were the shows which did it for me.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

Always. Even when I’m writing a story set in a fictional landscape I need to make it believable, so usually it possesses its own geography, which I tend to achieve by blending elements of places I know.

PDB: What’s next?

After I’ve managed to get both the novel and short story collection out of the way, I have to decide between two novels. I’ve finished researching them, but I’m not sure which I want to commit to as yet.

The first, Immersion, is a science fiction thriller set in Warsaw in 2025. It’s a combination of a police procedural and murder mystery, whose backdrop involves both AI research and online dating sites.

The second, as yet untitled, is a non-generic novel set in Liverpool at the start of the 1990s, and is about a a group of friends travelling to a Battle of the Bands competition in Bradford.