four-fathers1Q: It is a common idea that as men mature they start to recognise certain aspects of their father’s personality traits in themselves. Do you think this is true of your own experience and is it evident in the stories of this collection?

A: That’s a good question: if the father characters in each of our stories are quite like us. That’d be a new way to read them. I think it is true. I can see some of each of us in our portrayals of our fathers. I hope someone asks us that when we do one of our events to promote the book. In James’ story his dad is fifty-five and he is fifty-five writing it. That made him think.

Q: You said that you knew Ray, James and John had interesting stories to tell about their dads. How did you know this, is it something you talk about?

A: I know them pretty well. And yes, we talk about our dads. James’ sounded fearsome, so I love it that his story is so loving. Ray’s is the same. Both writers talk about fathers as people you have to push yourself away from, but who are central to who you are. John said something very interesting when I asked him to write the story. He said it would be easy to just lay into dads and slag them off, but that he didn’t want to do that. He wanted to explore who his dad was. My original idea was to lay into father two, but after talking to John I realised I had to write about how father three was my real father, the one who put so much into his relationship with me and that I didn’t get it until after he was dead.

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