Author Revealed

About Louise Millar

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/1

Q. Previous occupations

A. Antiquarian bookseller, waitress, potato picker, foreign exchange cashier, music magazine copy-editor, freelance journalist, senior editor at Marie Claire UK

Q. Favorite job

A. Working on the heavy metal magazine Kerrang! in Carnaby Street, London in the early 1990s

Q. High school and/or college

A. Too many places (around Britain) to mention

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Today, I'll say the Smoke Fairies

Q. Favorite movie

A. Time Of The Gypsies

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Sopranos

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. A constant balancing act between parenting and writing

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never stop moving forward even if you take a wrong turn occasionally

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Hiking for miles across the Mojave Desert in the winter sunshine with my husband and kids, all lost in our own thoughts

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Anarchy – I like rules

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. New Mexico, smelling woodsmoke in mountain air

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The 'Mad Men' women like my mother who pioneered their way into creative media jobs in the 1950s and 1960s, paving the way for my generation. Unlike my mother, however, I was happily not expected to leave when I started a family!

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I admire social workers. They often have a very tough job to do and receive little thanks for it in the UK

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. 'I have to say...'

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I stopped learning French and German just as I started to become fluent

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To sing. My grandfather was a professional concert-hall singer in Glasgow, and I feel hard-done by that I did not inherit his beautiful voice

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Publishing a novel

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I have an inner hippy which tries to take over occasionally and stop me getting things done

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. However bad things get, I think I have an optimistic gene that flips me back over

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A bird for the day.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I have a strange hybrid accent from moving all over the UK as a child

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Judge Holden from Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I ran a business for two years publishing private memoirs for 'ordinary' people. It taught me that everyone has an interesting story. So, I'd be happy to meet anyone from a time before mine. Anything they told me about their daily life would be pretty fascinating, I expect.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Barking dogs

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Photography

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'm doing it! Although I also dream of making a film one day

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Humour, intellectual curiosity, trustworthiness

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Avocado

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Erie Lackawanna by the Smoke Fairies, Trani by Kings of Leon, Pale Blue Eyes by Velvet Underground, The Rifle by Alela Diane, You Said Something by PJ Harvey

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Cormac McCarthy, Anne Tyler, E. Annie Proulx, James Ellroy, Paul Auster, Willy Vlautin, Arnuldur Indridason, Raymond Carver, Melanie McGrath, Don Winslow, Alice Sebold

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy; Heart Songs by Annie Proulx; Short Cuts by Raymond Carver; As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner; Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Pride & Prejudice

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Form a writing group with other people who are interested in writing, whatever their background or experience, and use it as a way to source feedback for your writing and set yourself deadlines.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. 'I couldn't put it down'