Catherine O’Flynn on how she wrote What Was Lost and her inspirations for Mr Lynch’s HolidayBorn in Birmingham to Irish parents, Catherine O’Flynn took on a variety of jobs – journalist, record shop assistant manager and language teacher – before her first novel was published by Tindal Street Press in 2007. What Was Lost is an unsettling and insightful novel about a girl who goes missing from a shopping centre, and it was longlisted for the Orange and Man Booker prizes, winning the Costa book award in 2008. She has written two more novels, the most recent of which is Mr Lynch’s Holiday.What is it about writing that makes you want to keep doing it?There are two strands to that answer. One is that I don’t want to sit down and do it! I often have, in between novels, about a year where I do very little writing towards a novel, but I like having those fallow periods where I’m not over-analysing every possible story idea. The other is rather selfish – what I enjoy is finding something that really interests me, a combination of characters and place, and working through hypotheses and ideas and seeing how they pan out.Do …read more

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