"In the 'Garnethill' trilogy, people always forget that Maureen O'Donnell's dad was a journalist and she did art history at uni and her brother did law, but no-one ever thinks they're middle-class - they're just working class because they speak with accents."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Denise Mina on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Denise Mina on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Denise Mina on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Denise Mina on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Denise Mina on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Even if people do wrong, we're social animals, so what can we do about stopping them doing the same things in future? Saying people are 'bad' or 'evil' is just an unwillingness to engage an unwillingness to try to empathise. That sanctimonious attitude doesn't help anyone."
"Comics don't work if the story is all in the text and the images are illustrative. It's hard to have enough faith in the artists to allow them to do their job."
"We don't really go in for big family dinners, but Scottish people are famously confrontational. It's a cultural thing, so maybe we don't need to have them to clear the air. Also, traditional family food isn't as nice here so there's no payoff for traveling hundreds of miles."
"I love Mikhail Bulgakov. He is very original and takes the story to unexpected places. I didn't realise political writing could be so funny."
"I was very aware of office politics because I was so baffled by them. So much so goes unsaid. No one says 'you're a cheeky so-and-so,' no one says 'you're so moody,' nobody ever confronts anyone else about anything. But I'm very crass, and I'm very confrontational, and I have a temper. I had to be hyper-vigilant in every office I worked in."
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