In a world exclusive interview Peter Clancy, who holds the lead role in the novels Homecountry and Thornydevils by TW Lawless, speaks candidly to Jennifer Douglas about love, life and the future.
It is written that you are a hard-drinking, hard-living journalist. Would you say this fairly describes you? How would you describe yourself?
Doesn’t that describe all journalists? Or at least every journalist with the guts to get off their backside, go out there and get themselves a good story. Yes, I play hard but I also work hard. You’d probably be surprised to learn that I do have a cuddly side (but please don’t tell anyone at work: they’d give me hell for it). Part of me loves to wine and dine the odd, attractive woman. Then again, I’m a tough nut—listening to loud rock music, going to a Collingwood game.
In your role as a journalist at the Melbourne Truth what would you say are the assets you bring to the newspaper?
I bring everything to the table. I’m their best journalist, without a doubt. If you don’t think you’re the best in this game they’ll walk over the top of you; other journalists especially.
What would you say is your toughest role as a journalist?
Having to interview innocent people who have been used or abused by those they trusted. I’ll fight every inch of the way to help them tell their story. When children are involved I go all out. I’ll break rules if I have to.
Describe your love life? Would you say you are unlucky in love?
It’s complicated, it’s colourful and it’s eclectic. I’ve had relationships with a nurse, a rock singer, a lab technician, a stripper, a lawyer, a fashion designer. I’m not attracted to a certain type of woman, I’m attracted to all types of women. As long as they’re interesting, that is. Sometimes. I’ve felt lucky to have a relationship with a particular woman, then again, sometimes I felt lucky when it ended. The closest a woman has ever got to me was a woman I met in London. Her name was Ruby. She was one of a kind. Enough said.
You mix with a lively colourful bunch of people. Can you tell me more about your friendship with Concheeta? She intrigues me and seems like one you would usually not befriend.
Concheeta lives his/her life the way s/he wants to. She doesn’t take shit from anyone. I admire that. She’s also been a great source of information over the years. You could say, we’ve looked after each other. She’s a source who has become a close friend. I guess you’d call most of my friends misfits and rebels. I like it that way. I couldn’t be friends with an accountant, unless they had a darker side after hours.
You found yourself in some pretty intense moments in Thornydevils. What would you say has been your most challenging moment to date?
I always enmesh myself in the story, sometimes at the risk of my life. It’s gonzo journalism taken to the extreme. So far, I’ve been shot at, bashed, chased with a meat cleaver, and narrowly avoided a bomb explosion. You know you’re onto to a good story when someone tries to harm you.
You have seen death and been faced with near death. Has this changed your view of life in any way?
As a journalist you see human nature at its worst. Sometimes I think there’s no hope for the world. Maybe that’s why I drink too much on occasion. But if a person out there is seeking to tell the truth and bring the baddies to justice, there is a glimmer of hope. I’ve been faced with death a few times as I just said, but I’d rather do that than lead a dead life that has achieved nothing. Better to die on your feet, than live on your knees I say.
So what next for Peter Clancy? Will you be hanging up your journalist jacket and settling into a quieter more ‘normal’ lifestyle or will we see yet another scandal solved?
Sometimes I think I’d like to take a break from it but what would I do? I want to do more investigative pieces. I’m tired of doing sex scandals. How many ways can you write about kinky sex involving a celebrity? I thought briefly of becoming an author or buying a farm, but that sounds too quiet and normal. I’m breaking out in a cold sweat just thinking about it. Freelancer could be the way of the future. Sorry, I’ve got to go now. My mate Sam Saturday’s taking me up north on a camping trip…
At the close of interview Peter let it slip the reason for his eagerness to depart and get up north. He is currently working with TW Lawless on the next novel titled Blurline which is seeing him take a trip abroad to London. Will this camping trip be the last he see’s of Australia?
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