Matthew Quick's novel The Silver Linings Playbook was published by Picador in 2009. Wonderful little book that it is, it has now been made into the film Silver Linings Playbook. We at Picador haven't been able to move in London recently without hearing about the film starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, so we're delighted that Matthew has offered up his thoughts on the films of 2012, and more besides.
What is your most powerful memory of the year?
The Philadelphia premiere of Silver Linings Playbook. Mayor Nutter introduced David O. Russell and me to a crowd of 800 that included my ninety-year-old grandmother. My grandfather died last March and on his deathbed, he said, "I wish I saw Matthew's movie." My grandmother didn’t like all the cursing the actors did, but she loved the dancing and seeing her grandson’s name on the big screen.
What is your greatest disappointment of the year?
The Philadelphia Eagles.
What is your resolution for 2013?
Keep writing. Travel more. Do less e-mail/social media.
What was the best movie?
Silver Linings Playbook! (Also loved Moonrise Kingdom, Cloud Atlas, Safety Not Guaranteed, and Ruby Sparks.)
Give us one Prediction for 2013?
I will publish a novel called Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. (The cover will be amazing!)
What would you be if you weren’t a writer?
Me, I’d probably be dead. Literature saves!
What was your favourite book as a child?
The Monster At The End Of This Book
What is the book you recommend most?
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
What is your favourite poem?
Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas
Where do you write?
Alone in my office with the door closed.
Can you give one piece of advice to people wanting to become a writer?
Write what you love, not what you hate. Also, be nice. The publishing world is tiny.
Do you read on paper or ebook?
One book that changed your life?
One book you have read more than once?
The Outsider by Camus
Your worst ever job?
I worked as a industrial flat roofer, mopping out buckets of boiling tar in hundred degree heat and humidity. Once when I was roofing, a radio host said that animal rights activists had declared it too hot for horses to give tourists carriage rides in the city streets, which were farther from the sun and therefore much cooler than our high roof. The horses were given the day off. Our foreman laughed and said, "Back to work." Straight out of a Dickens novel.
What gives you nightmares?
I have anxiety dreams during which I am a teacher incapable of controlling his classroom. Was never a problem in real life, back when I was teaching. Psychoanalyze that!