TPQ: What are you currently reading?
MC: Currently rereading Mal O'Doherty's Fifty Years On as I'm launching it on Monday in Belfast.
TPQ: Best book you have ever read?
MC: I thought Martin Dillon's book The Dirty War was a good read, or Anna Burns' Milkman. This is hard - Tolkien's Lord of the Rings for sheer imagination.
TPQ: A must-read before you die?
MC: War and Peace. I bought it in a charity shop for 50p years ago and it has been looking at me ever since.
TPQ: A preference for fact or fiction?
MC: It depends what mood I'm in. I devour political books, but like some downtime also. Lee Child or Steve Cavanagh for escapism.
TPQ: Favourite female author?
MC: Marian Keyes, or Maya Angelou.
TPQ: Favourite male author?
MC: Fiction wise it's probably Steven King. I couldn't pick a non fiction one.
TPQ: First book you ever read?
TPQ: Favourite childhood author?
MC: Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl. Hands down.
TPQ: Any book you point blank refuse to read?
TPQ: Any author you point blank refuse to read?
MC: I can't think of anyone I would refuse to read at all.
TPQ: Pick a book to give to somebody so that they would more fully understand you.
MC: I'm hoping to write one myself that will do just that.
TPQ: Last book you gave as a present?
MC: I buy books every month for my daughter. This month's was David Walliams.
TPQ: Book you would most like to see turned into a movie?
MC: Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry.
⏭ Máiría Cahill is a writer and activist. Follow her on Twitter @mairiac31