By Katie Marshall
Michael Faudet is the author of the international bestseller, Dirty Pretty Things. His whimsical and often erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of readers from around the world. He lives in New Zealand in a little house by the sea with girlfriend and author, Lang Leav.
1. What is the most liberating thought you’ve ever had?
Can I do anything about it right now? If not, forget about it.
2. What did it liberate you from?
3. What does it mean to live a good life?
To love and be loved in return. Hopefully, wake up in the morning. Where possible, to always be within arms reach of a pen or a glass of wine.
4. What illusion have you suffered from the most?
Fate. I now realise that there is no such thing. I think we have more control over our own destiny than we are prepared to admit.
5. If you could go back and whisper in the ear of your 16-year-old self, what is the one thing you would tell them?
Trust your instincts, use sunscreen, read more and buy shares in a start up company called Apple.
6. What does live feel like? (Real love, not hormonal love or I-like-the-idea-of-you-so-I’m-on-a-high love).
When you’re in love, really in love, you never have to question it.
7. What does your daily routine look like?
It starts off a little blurry and gradually becomes clearer as the day progresses. I’m not a fan of routines.
8. What is your favorite thing to look at?
My son, Oliver, when he laughs and reading a piece of writing by my girlfriend.
9. Describe your perfect weekend.
A blank page. No set plans and the freedom to do as little or as much as I wish. If somewhere in the mix, ice cream is involved, all the better.
10. What do you worry about the most?
Storms. I live in a house surrounded by trees. I also don’t like it when my cat decides not to come home for a day.
Why not? What if…
12. What makes you cry?
The loss of a loved one. Heartbreak. Laughter. Cutting onions.
13. What do you doodle on the sides of your papers?
A girl wearing a top hat and smoking a cigarette.
14. What is the most serendipitous thing that has ever happened to you?
Purchasing an artwork and then falling madly in love with the artist who lived in a different country to me. We now share the same bed and typewriter.
15. How did your biggest struggles become the pathways to your greatest success?
Struggles, whether they be big or small, have always taught me something positive. For example, rejection can lead to greater opportunities and happiness.
16. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Sleepwalk to the coffee machine, check my social media and then turn on the shower. Not in any particular order. As I said earlier, I’m not a fan of routines.
17. What do you wish you had more of in your life?
18. What do you find to be the most genuinely beautiful thing in the world?
Kindness. The world could do with a lot more of it.
19. If you could be free of one thought or fear, what would it be?
Spiders. Not that I hold any grudges towards them, I just can’t stand them.
20. If you had the chance to tell every single person in the world just one thing, what would it be?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Life is far too short for that kind of nonsense.