This week I talk to the lovely Dan Kieran, author of 11 books (including one of my all time favourite books, The Idle Traveller, Crap Towns, Idle Pleasures and I Fought The Law), travel writer (Guardian, Times, Observer, Die Zeit) and CEO and co-founder of the publishing platform unbound.com. Dan’s also just had a baby girl so his answer to #3 might be subject to change…

Hi Dan, how’s it going? Congrats on the new arrival! Tell me……

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 

It’s when my thoughts are clearest, so ideas really. Poking them, finding connections between things and trying to pull them apart.

Whats the first thing you do once you are up?

Suppress the urge to look at my phone. I’m not always successful.

Tea or coffee or ‘erb?

Always tea.

Fry up or healthy?

Healthy fry up? Scrambled eggs and salmon is my favourite.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Being alone.

When are you happiest?

Being tickled by my wife and children. Adults need to be tickled.

What makes you angry?

When people with power and privilege turn their opinions into laws and policies that damage the lives of those with neither.

In the last year you have become…

Comfortable in my own skin.

If you can pass one piece of advice on to your former self, what would it be?

You’re going to have the time of your life. Stop worrying and enjoy it.

And finally, crunchy or smooth? (peanut butter)

For 30 years I was crunchy and then I tried smooth and preferred it. There’s a lesson in there somewhere!

Thanks Dan – now go and grab yourself a cuppa and some *smooth* peanut butter on toast. Check Dan out at unbound.com or Google any of his awesome books to grab yourself a copy.

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