Five Questions with… Mark Billingham

© Charlie Hopkinson

Mark Billingham, author of Rush of Blood, appears at IFOA on October 23 and 24.

IFOA: If you could have lunch with one author, dead or alive, who would it be?

Billingham: Dashiell Hammett

IFOA: You are a stand-up comedian and a crime novelist—occupations that some people might be surprised to see together. What’s one thing they have in common?

Billingham: Punchlines.

IFOA: If you could have a superpower, any superpower, what would it be?

Billingham: Invisibility.

IFOA: Rush of Blood is set at a Florida Keys resort. Where is your favourite place to go on vacation?

Billingham: Anywhere I’ve got free time and books.

IFOA: Finish this sentence: If someone would just…

Billingham: … tell Elvis Costello he should let me sing backing vocals on his next album, I would be a very happy man.

IFOA: Bonus question: This year’s International Festival of Authors in one word.

Billingham: Spectacular.

For more about Billingham, click here.

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