Interview with John Enright, author of New Jerusalem News
in Author Interviews, Literary Fiction, News
17 Aug 2015
Tell us a little bit about your new release, New Jerusalem News.
New Jerusalem News is the lead-off book in a new series of novels called The Dominick Chronicles, set in contemporary times in various parts of the US. New Jerusalem News is set in New England.
Dominick is always just passing through. He is a professional house guest of the well-to-do, who follows the sun from resort to resort. If he was once searching for something, he long ago disavowed it. His freedom depends on his detachment, and he tries to maintain that. In each of his inadvertent adventures Dominick’s status as the outsider leads to his being a suspect for crimes he did not commit. These are the obverse of police procedurals. They are perp procedurals, in which the unjustly accused must establish his innocence in order to escape and move on.
Dominick is an observer, an historian, a reluctant participant; but his nomad’s life as a perpetual guest insures that what’s next will always be different.
Which book from your childhood or teenage years has stuck with you as an adult?
The one-volume complete Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes still sits in the pile of books on the back of my desk.
What is the one movie that you can quote the most?
BAM. You’re a superhero. What’s your superpower?
The ability to read other people’s thoughts, of course. I am a novelist.
How do you like to spend a rainy day?
At my desk and in the kitchen.
What’s on your writing desk?
My laptop and a printer/scanner, a pile of books and a pile of files, a Samoan-English dictionary, two notebooks and a stash of pens, and this carving from Palau, my wooden muse:
Do you have a favorite local bookstore we can give a shoutout to?
Island Books, 575 E. Main Rd., Middletown, RI
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
What I do is me; for this I came.
John Enright is the author of the new book New Jerusalem News.
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