15 Daniel Seery

Daniel Seery is a novelist and playwright from Dublin whose work has appeared in several local and 9781909718234-2national publications. His play The One We Left Behind enjoyed its first run in May 2012 and his first novel, A Model Partner, was published by Liberties Press in Dublin in March 2014. Daniel Seery was a winner of the now-legendary Novel Fair 2012 at the Irish Writers' Centre and is also a member of the infamous Library Bar Group. He has one superpower, but refuses to tell anyone what it is. 


1) What is your name? What is your quest?

Daniel Seery. My quest is to keep on producing books until my writing becomes stale and crumbly and covered in green mould.

2) Okay, tell me about your book. 

A Model Partner follows Tom Stacey, an eccentric but likeable character, who hijacks his neighbour's bedsit when they go on holiday and uses it as a place to start an unusual quest to find the perfect partner. During the search Tom begins to uncover that the root of his problems does not lie in things that are happening in his life now, but in events that happened a long time ago.

3) What was the most difficult bit to write?

Apart from the little blurb in the previous question, the trickiest thing was syncing Tom's backstory with events in the present so that the drama peaked for both stories at the same time, without affecting the flow of the piece. It took a lot of hacking and editing and many, many hours of having a comically bewildered expression on my face.

4) What surprised you about writing it?

The speed at which I wrote it. It took about a year and a half.

5) First line:

"It was March when Tom Stacey met the woman from Donaghmede who couldn't stop crying."

6) What's the next project?

I'm working on a new novel. I've a whole load of words down but it's very rough, just-got-out-of-the-bed rough, the kind of rough that is very reluctant to draw the curtains.

7) Your three main characters are trapped in a barn during the zombie apocalypse. What's the outcome?

I think Tom would work out what the odds of surviving are and continuously repeat these odds to the other two characters until one of them decides to open up the barn door and embrace life as a zombie.

8) Your book's been made into a movie. What's playing over the opening credits?

I think it would have to be a Ray Charles number. 'I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now' would be lovely.

9) When and where is the book available?

The book is available now from most bookstores. Or you can buy it online, in real-life physical form or in bits and bytes form for those electronic reading devices that all the kooky kids seem to be using these days.

My two cents: The word 'charming' seems a bit old fashioned, but I have to use it here: this is one charmer of a book. A Model Partner is compassionate, deeply affecting, and very, very funny. A lot of the humour comes from Tom's straight-faced and utterly bizarre reactions to the world - no, he doesn't see anything odd about moving into his neighbours' apartment when they leave on vacation, or photographing strange women on the street to get an idea of his ideal nose type, or even keeping a wax effigy of William Shatner in a dress in the sitting room. As we learn the reasons for Tom's behaviour, the sadness and loss in the story take hold and make this a truly memorable read.  

 And you can't argue with the soundtrack! Great choice.



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