Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theatre, film and voiceover.
Her novels include In The Woods, which won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel; The Likeneness (2008), Faithful Place (2010), and Broken Harbor (2012).
This biography was last updated on 07/10/2012.
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Tana French talks about The Likeness, the sequel to her successful debut novel, In The Woods, and explores the characters in the book, their motivations, and how her experiences made them come alive
Q: How has your background in theater helped you create your characters?
A: When you get right down to it, writing or at least writing in the first person, which is what I do is basically the same skill as acting. For years, my job as an actor was to create a character hopefully a full, three-dimensional character and spend hours a day operating completely from her perspective, bringing an audience into her world. Writing is just an extension of that process. These days, my job is to create a narrator and see everything through her eyes, filter it through her perceptions and describe it in her voice, so I can draw readers into her world. I play my narrator on paper, rather than on stage, but the mental process is the same. Writing scenes with a lot of characters gets complicated I have to 'play' all of them at once, juggle all their perspectives and motivations in my head but it's still that same skill. I keep meaning to e-mail my old acting teacher and thank ...
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