Author Confessions: Kirkland Ciccone

Kirkland Ciccone
Category: Reading

Kirkland Ciccone is an emerging Scottish author of young adult fiction. 

To date, he has two novels under his belt in Endless Empress and Conjuring the Infinite, the latter of which recently earned him the Catalyst Book Award. Kirkland himself claims that Conjuring the Infinite is a tale 'soaked in blood and Irn-Bru'. We wanted to know more so we lured him into our Author Confessions booth under false pretences to extract the below. 

Follow Kirkland on Twitter @KirklandCiccone.

Which author or fictional character would you most like to party with?

Roald Dahl would be fun to hang out with. I remember writing him a letter when I was a kid, begging him to rescue me from the council estate! He never replied, and I was so angry I stopped reading Matilda for a few days. I later discovered the reason Roald didn't reply to my letter: he'd been dead for a year.

Is there a book by someone else that you wish you'd written?

Every now and then I read a book and seethe that I didn't write it.

Loads! I wish I could have written Tunes For Bears To Dance To by Robert Cormier. Bad Faith by Gillian Philip. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie. Mosi's War by Catherine MacPhail. Every now and then I read a book and seethe that I didn't write it.

Which piece of your writing are you most proud of?

The first page of my new novel Endless Empress has my favourite piece of writing ever. It sums up the weird, sinister, horrible world the main character has created in the space of a few words. I'm so proud of it, but it took me a few attempts before I was happy with it.

Who would play you in a movie?

I think the only person who could do me justice is Jennifer Lawrence, of course. I look exactly like her. People shoot arrows at me when I'm out for milk and teabags.

Which book should every child read?

Conjuring The Infinite by Kirkland Ciccone... ahem... or The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. That book really does prepare you for the world, even though the ending makes me want to go to my GP and get a prescription for anti-depressants.

What's your opinion on reading in the bath?

It beats reading in the shower! My books always get wet when I try to read them in the shower. Here's a tip for bath readers – don't take your Kindle into the tub, because you might drop it and get a free zaptism baptism.

What is your worst writing habit?

I eat biscuits while I write and I need to stop. Please could someone tell me to stop! Honestly, a packet of McVities Ginger Nuts and a cup of tea is sheer heaven to me. There comes a point in life when we all want a packet of Ginger Nuts. Maybe my blood is iron deficient, but I munch packets before I finish the end of a chapter.

How do you react to bad reviews?

I'm relatively new to this industry so I haven't actually had a bad review yet. Thank God! When I do get one, I'll find the unlucky critic and force them to wear lime green until they apologise. Lime green is the ugliest colour ever. It makes you look like a Brussels sprout!

What's your favourite book shop?

I have a group of favourites that slay me into a panting heap. Scotia Books in Kilsyth. Looking Glass Books in Edinburgh is one of the coolest shops in history. I launched Endless Empress in Waterstones Argyle Street, so that is now my other new favourite.

Which author do you nominate for Author Confessions?

CATHERINE MACPHAIL! Please ask her when the new Tyler Lawless book comes out, and do it quickly because my bath is overflowing!


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