Watch interviews with John on YouTube
The Hodder Books podcast, November 2015 (audio)
(On Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2) "They're much more my stories now . . . it's been eleven years in the writing, and so I've changed."
Sci-Fi Bulletin, April 2015
"It goes back to the question about the arc: how long can you suggest things without giving people some sort of answer? Otherwise you're just stringing them along, and that's not fair."
In Conversation with Dave Hanratty, Part I & Part II, HeadStuff, April 2015
"[A]s Parker has gotten older, and I made the decision to let him grow older, and as I have gotten older, the engagement with the books and the character of the world has changed, because I'm not the person who wrote the first book."
"A Q&A with John Connolly, author of the Charlie Parker series," The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, November 2014
"I face a bare brick wall when I write, which may be a kind of metaphor."
The Quillery Interview with John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard, 2014
"I suppose there's a bit of me in all of the characters. I don't think you can create believable characters without finding a personal connection, even with the worst of them."
"John Connolly: 'All you have is language. It's an act of respect'" The Independent, 2012
"There is sometimes a feeling in crime fiction that good writing gets in the way of story," Connolly says with a hint of defiance. "I have never felt that way. All you have is language. Why write beneath yourself? It's an act of respect for the reader as much as yourself."
The Damned Interviews, 2011
"I like the idea of restoring some of that old sense of the word 'mystery', which has its roots in the spiritual and supernatural, to a genre that generally prides itself on its rationalist roots. Perhaps something of my own Catholicism plays a part too, Parker is a man seeking redemption, which is a common enough notion in mystery fiction, but that word comes freighted with a certain spiritual baggage for me, so the supernatural elements are a logical consequence of that."
Shots Magazine, 2010
"Oddly enough, I'm pretty skeptical when it comes to the supernatural. On the other hand, I still believe in God. I've come to realize that I'm pretty happy existing in the grey areas."
Inside the Writer's Café podcast, 2010
"I thought I could just do something slightly different with the genre . . . and I really wanted to write something different."
Fantasy Book Critic, 2009
"I don't tend to draw upon real life at all, at least not for the plots. Elements of the world around me, or contemporary events, will inevitably creep in, but writers who make a big deal out of reality in their work are misguided, I think. Writers, like filmmakers, create a version of a version of reality: subjective reality filtered a second time through a creative imagination to produce something that's owes only a passing debt to reality..."
"Even in the bleakest of circumstances, it's in our nature to try to make light of it. Those of us who can't do that tend to get broken by life. Parker is a man who is trying not to break."
Something Wicked, 2006
"Increasingly I'm getting annoyed with people who only read mystery fiction, because I don't, and if, and I've said this at conventions and things, you know, if your child only ate spaghetti at some point you would be quite within your right to tie it to a chair and force-feed it strawberries, you know, there are other things in the world."
Cemetery Dance, 2005
"How characters emerge from my imagination and enter the books is a process that I don't really understand..."
"On the Road to Redemption with John Connolly," January Magazine, 2003
"Religion has an effect on us all when we are young, and my Parker novels are obviously infused with the classic themes of redemption, punishment and forgiveness. These themes do stem from my Catholic upbringing, undoubtedly; but more importantly, they also probably influenced the supernatural aspects of the books."
"An Irishman in Darkest Maine," Publishers Weekly, 2002
"It's like there's a committee of people with cardigans and pipes who have a checklist of what has to be in a book by an Irish writer, and the idea that you would write outside that is viewed as offensive. It made me want to go the other way completely."
Bestsellers World, 2002
"I'm not as crazy as I may appear from my books. Odd, but not crazy..."