One Minute With: Emma Weekes
Friday 23 January 2009
Where ARE YOU NOW AND WHAT CAN YOU SEE?
Right now I'm in my bedroom, and I can see a pile of laundry that I need to do, some of my son's books, an iron and a fedora.
what are you currently reading?
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda, Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje, and Milan Kundera's The Curtain.
choose a favourite author, and say why you like her/him
Anaïs Nin, because her writing is precise, poetic and feminine.
describe the room where you usually write
At the moment it's my living room. I sit on the floor on a stolen, well, "found" mattress. My sofa's broken so I took it in the meantime. My living room is quite large, there's a big space where there should be a dining table. At the moment there's just a coffee table, a little TV, a laptop and lots of toys.
which fictional character most resembles you?
Atreyu from [Michael Ende's] The Neverending Story.
what distracts you from writing?
My mischievous toddler, the internet, and a certain playwright who does my heart in and who shall remain unnamed.
what are your readers like when you meet them?
I have yet to meet any readers that I don't know because the book's not out yet! But when the book comes out I bet a lot of people will ask me for royalties or something and go "Hey, that's me in there"!
who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Lauryn Hill. I know people say she's a bit crazy but if you listen to her Unplugged album, it's so pure and soulful. It will live beyond her death.
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