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Spotlight On Writers – John Anthony Fingleton

Spotlight On Writers

John Anthony Fingleton (Löst Viking)


  1. Where, do you hail from?
I was born in Cork City in the Republic of Ireland. Although I have not lived there for some time now, I have lived in some countries in Europe and during my time in a regiment of the French Forces, spent much time in Africa in a number of countries there. I have also lived in Mexico and at present live in Paraguay.
  1. What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?

Well in most part the people are friendly, the food is good. And I have had long practice in adapting to different cultures. Of course, there is a great divide between rich and poor here and one needs to stay vigilant and secure your home but this does not mean I walk around paranoid.

  1. What turns you on creatively?

Now if I knew the real answer to this question, I would bottle it and sell it. I have always felt the words find me. In fact, one of my collections is titled ‘Words That Found Me’. But I write on memories from my past – the earliest one when I was three years old and going to the funeral of my Grandfather, and many relating to my late mother Catherine. I am also inspired but what I see around me in life.

  1. What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?

There are many but Swan(s) comes to mind;

I hope the lake retained its stillness?
It did the last time I was there;
When I ran with breaded hands, to feed the swans –
And watched trees reflect a frosted beauty,
As we walked along the grassy knoll,
But we cannot restore the echoes that have gone.

  1. What is your pet peeve?

Non-polite people and those that dispose of their rubbish without concern for others (a big problem here in some areas).

  1. What defines John Anthony Fingleton?

Too complex a question for me to answer.

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