Short, Sharp Interview: Jonathan Dunne

Takeoversmall (2)PDB: Can you pitch THE TAKEOVER in 25 words or less?

It’s a story about the underdog and the consequences of apathy and
neglect. It is also a reminder of the dangers of organized crime and its
forgotten victims.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your
boat recently?

The Wire is definitely the best television I’ve ever seen; it’s
incredible in every facet. Game of Thrones has blown my mind, I read the
whole series without a break! When it comes to music I’m a snob; I abhor
the X FACTOR generation and manufactured bands; give me Damien Dempsey
and Fleetwood Mac any time.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective readers?

Definitely.  Every writer has a distinctive voice and you have to
respect the uniqueness and contrast of styles. You’ll always want to put
your own slant on a story but we tend to be like that as creative
people.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or
television?

Never say never. I can spot clichés in films and scripts very easily.
So I’d like to think that I can offer my own voice to a script. Although
I’ve no ambitions at present, I’d rule nothing out. As innately creative
people, we are bound only by our thinking.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Lots, The Takeover I had to sit down with two major criminals. They have
long since retired and they had serious insights into the ugly side of
crime. People tend to glamorize crime, these guys were careful to point
out that crime is anything but glamorous! It’s a violent dark world
where life is cheap and prison is a certainty, regardless of how high
you climb.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

It’s a must. The old medium of newspapers and magazines as a gateway to
the public are diminishing.  It’s imperative that every writer master
social media in order to maximize publicity. I’m a novice myself!

dunnePDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2014?

Publicize The Takeover The reviews along with my faith in this story
are strong. So, I have to spread the message as far and wide as
possible. In short; I’m hunting the Tipping Point for The Takeover!

Bio: Jonathan grew up in the North Inner city, Dublin, Ireland. He was raised by a fiercely strong grandmother, Margaret Lynch, who also raised nine sons and four daughters in a three bedroom flat on the North Strand. Jonathan is from a working class background and dropped out of school at age fourteen to work. He worked in menial manual labour jobs; however he developed a love of reading as a child and continued to read avidly all through his teenage years. When a former boss noticed his curious nature he told Jonathan, he was too bright to continue ‘loading pallets’ he returned to education and completed his exams. Although the leaving certificate curriculum in Ireland was six subjects, Jonathan sat nine and passed them all. He admits being ignorant of the world around him before returning to school, ‘I knew nothing of politics, current affairs, history, or the wider world. I went from the extremities of ignorance to an awakening and recognition of the world around me.’As a keen martial artist, Jonathan became heavily influenced by BAFTA award winning writer Geoff Thompson. Through this mentor; Jonathan began to write consistently winning a number of short story competitions. He wrote his first book (Academic Octagon) whilst working in finance and secured a small publishing contract. He admits this book was the work of a ‘novice’ and began studying his craft in earnest. He studied punctuation, grammar and every book he could unearth on writing. ‘I was bursting with ideas but I needed the basic tools and studied relentlessly. It paid off, I had literally hundreds of rejections for my first book, but for Fia The Envoy, I was offered two contracts within three months and Ireland’s biggest literary agent were very interested but alas, I was already under contract. Jonathan lives in Dublin with his wife and two children and writes full time. He is also a columnist for a national martial arts magazine. He has just finished a third book and is beginning a follow up to Fia The Envoy