Five Minutes with Caroline Connaire

caroline 1. Where do you get most of your writing done?

I like to write in busy cafes, I feel most productive when I can feed off that manic energy around me, plus, of course, there is also the coffee.

2. Internet on or off while you’re writing?

I like to keep the Internet on to fact check and follow up on ideas and words. I know some people find it distracting, but when I am in a good writing mood, I don’t really feel that susceptible to distractions.

3. Which book/poem do you wish you’d written?

The novella ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ will always hold a special place for me. Capote’s writing and characterization is so perfect. Holiday Golightly is probably one of the loneliest characters in history, but that always seems to get overlooked by her charming quirkiness. I am also a sucker for nostalgia and cats.

4. Which book are you constantly lending your friends? 

My copy of ‘Tulcutta Wake’ by Josephine Rowe has passed through many, many hands. I love how eclectic and easily consumed all the pieces are, even friend’s who aren’t great readers can appreciate it.

5. Which fictional character do you think you're most romantically compatible with?

Ignatius J. Reilly and I would have great chemistry.

6. Best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

I’ve never really received any advice directly related to writing. So let me leave with you something Vonnegut said:

“Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.”

7. If you could only read and re-read one book for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

‘The Happy Prince and Other Stories’ by Oscar Wilde was published exactly 100 years before I was born and was given to me as a present as a child. My Dad would read them to me before bed. I revisited them again a few years ago as an adult and realised they weren’t really children’s stories at all – they are so much more complex and beautiful the second time around.

8. Which book do you only pretend to like to look cool/well-read?

I am yet to actually finish ‘Infinite Jest’ by the late David Foster Wallace. I hate admitting this to people.

9. What are you working on at the moment?

I have been doing a bit of freelance editing. I have also been collecting words and turns of phrase that I hope to eventually repurpose into something worthwhile.