Louise Phillips: Short Story Writer & Litro ALumna

Louise Phillips

Since her first appearance in Litro with “Ipatiev House“, Louise Phillip‘s work has been published in 34Th Parallel and Monkeybicycle, and is upcoming in Drunken Boat.

What is your earliest childhood memory?
The toy attached to the side of my crib. It had a rotary dial, a puffy red ball which sent a tiny piece of metal shooting up a tube and other delights.

What makes you happy?
Golden retrievers, Steven Gerrard goals.

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
When I found out about Roald Dahl’s hut.

What are you reading at the moment?
Robert Schumann: His Life by Ronald Taylor, and America Begins: Early American Writing by Richard M. Dorson.

What advice would you give to a first time writer?
Take good care of your hands and wrists! Stretch your hands, and invest in a mouse, and wrist guards.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Bravo’s Real Housewives series.

How do you relax?
See above!

What is your favourite book?
Nana, by Emile Zola.

What author is underrated or deserves to be better known?
I think Tama Janowitz’s early success might have made things a bit tougher for her in the long run.

What’s one of the worst jobs you’ve had?
Telemarketing; trying to convince people to attend timeshare sales pitches with a call list garnered from duplicitous contest forms.

What is the most important thing life has taught you?
Tomorrow is a new day, and be nice to telemarketers!

What’s next?
Hopefully a move to Spain.

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