M. J. Nicholls
What is your name?
M. (Mark) J. (Jeremiad) Nicholls.
Writing. Or, more literally: sitting on a chair, occasionally clacking on a keyboard, stroking my stubble, and sighing for months on end.
What has had the greatest influence on your work?
What is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
What do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
And so say all of us.
Too many people who shouldn’t become writers (like me) also feel inspired to write. Never a good thing.
Literature, being a central component of today’s überconnected multimedia experience, will continue to evolve into an interactive, reader-encompassing, never-ending entity. Novels of the future should, ideally, have no beginning, no middle and no end, and be authored by everybody.
What’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Where can we find you online?
What are you reading at the moment?
Coming Soon!!! – John Barth (postmodern prankster and casual genius)
Finnegans Wake – James Joyce (purely out of curiosity, and deep-seated resentment of anything remotely commercial, you understand?)
Will Self: Feeding Frenzy (Britain’s greatest living male writer)
Nicola Barker: Small Holdings (fearless experimentalist undaunted by limitations)
What are you listening to at the moment?
Magnetic Fields. Everyone should bump bottoms with Stephin Merritt.
Lisa Germano. She seems to understand why humans don’t quite work.
Anything else we should know?
You can never have too much alliteration. Don’t listen to those floppy finagling fools.