Interview: Allan Wilson - Wasted in Love

The debut novelist on his collection of vignettes about love, lies, break-ups and betrayal

First Writes: Allan Wilson - Wasted in Love

Give us five words to describe Wasted in Love?
Raymond Carver shagging Arab Strap.

Name one author who should be more famous than they are now and why?
Agnes Owens. Funny, tender and honest, her writing is about the lives of everyday, working people and the little tragedies within relationships that to most human beings are more important than political thrillers or vampires or Jeffrey fucking Archer.

What was the first book you read?
The Mr Men books. I couldn’t get enough of Mr Happy. Every pet I’ve ever had I named Happy. Happy the hamster, Happy the rabbit. Had another hamster and called it Happy as well.

What was the last book you read?
This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff.

Which book makes you cry?
The Incredible Adam Spark by Alan Bissett, because we as the reader are more aware of what’s going on in Adam’s world than he is. We can see the bad things that await him and will them not to happen. But we’re powerless. It’s the happy bits that get me, when he overcomes his problems and things go right for him. He’s a fictional character but I believe in Adam completely.

What plans do you have for book number two?
I don’t want to say too much because it’ll kill it before it’s finished. But I’m excited about it and I’m having fun. If I’m enjoying writing it then hopefully people will enjoy reading it. If not, at least for a wee while I’ll have been happy.

Wasted in Love is out now published by Cargo.

Blackwell Christmas

Celebrate another year of illuminating events at the bookshop and toast the festive season with a capella folk singers the Wild Myrtles, up and coming author on the flourishing Cargo imprint Allan Wilson, and more guests to be confirmed.

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