About Priya Parmar
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Editor, Dramaturg
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. Mount Holyoke College, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
Q. Favorite movie
A. Two for the Road
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Yellow blue days, books, time with people I love.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If something seems too scary then I know I should do it.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Not wanting to be anywhere else.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Not doing something and wishing I had.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. With my family and friends on a bright beach in summer.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. My mother.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My parents
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I try not to think about it.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. To be able to sing.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Writing a book.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Self criticism
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Ability to be happy.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Dogs in my family have lovely lives.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My tendency to fall down and my inability to spell
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Mr. George Emerson, Room with a View
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Daisy Buchanan
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Mrs. de Winter from Rebecca. I would ask her first name.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Shoes in the house.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. ballet dancer circa 1860 Paris
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. integrity, humour, direct eye contact
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. pineapple and ice
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Finishing the Hat, Matty Groves, I See the Moon. Act IV of Marriage of Figaro, If You See Her Say Hello
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Evelyn Waugh, Jean Rhys, E.M. Forster, W.H. Auden, Tom Stoppard, Constantine Cavafy, Vikram Seth, Jane Austen, Philippa Gregory, Sandra Gulland, Sharon Kay Penman, Christopher Hitchens, Ian McEwan, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Brideshead Revisited, Room with a View, The Runaway Bunny, Wings of the Dove, Madeline and the Bad Hat
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Wuthering Heights
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Write the thing you need to write.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. When is the next book coming out?