Five Minutes with Louise Jaques

louise2 Tell us about your piece(s)? (How did the piece come about? What were you doing/smelling/thinking/eating/touching at the time of writing?)

My pieces are often related to food, and taste. I don't think I was eating anything while I wrote it, but I was almost definitely thinking about food. I always am.

What existing book do you wish you’d written?

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

What the best advice you have ever gotten about writing? And what's the best advice that you still ignore?

The best advice I have ever received is to trust your obsessions. The best piece of advice that I still ignore is to avoid piles of abstraction, especially for abstraction's sake. I am so guilty of being too cryptic in my writing, and it has been a long, not-quite complete learning curve to understand this.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

A millionaire's puppy dog.

How long did it take you to write your bio?

Embarrassingly, self-indulgently long.

Top three songs on your writing playlist?

Classical music is absolutely conducive to good writing. I would start with Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata,' followed by Mozart's 'Piano Concerto No. 21', and Mendelssohn's 'Song Without Words (cello version).'

What do you read as a guilty pleasure? What about just for normal pleasure?

I can't go past a good Tudor England bodice-ripping, heaving-bosom intrigue for a guilty pleasure. For normal pleasure I just love Doctor Who.

What book do you pretend to have read?

Ulysses by James Joyce. However, I'm of the opinion that no-one has ever read that book, so it's definitely not just me that's lying.

What literary tattoo would you get?

A colourful picture of Roald Dahl's BFG.

What do you do when you aren't writing? 

I'm a public relations consultant by day and I moonlight as a book reviewer.

Send us your favourite picture of an animal?

The picture is my beautiful dog who I lived with in Spain, called Bidoo. Now there's one very strange object covered with fur.