Walk the Line: Lisa McInerney on crafting characters

The Galway author says the belief that she has a responsibility to the story in her head keeps her going

9th May, 2021
Walk the Line: Lisa McInerney on crafting characters
Lisa McInerney: ‘It’s been a case of giving myself permission to feel like an artist – and it’s taken years to do that.’ Picture: Brid O’Donovan

For me, writing was always something I did as a way of making sense of the world, a way of figuring out what I was and who I was. I’ve always written. There was no one moment when I decided to put pen to paper, it was just a natural form of expression.

Novels and short stories do two very different things, I think, but I’m much happier in my novel space. I...

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