Louise O’Neill

isbn9781784295868_zpsh9ygxzbyAre you excited? I am. Ridiculously. Why? Well just look, for bean’s sake, it’s only Louise-multi-prize-winning-O’Neill. If you’ve read and loved ONLY EVER YOURS, then you’re in for a treat in September as her new, highly anticipated novel, ASKING FOR IT publishes. This is probably the interview I’m most scared of though because although Louise is a fantastic writer and, let’s face it, pretty hot stuff, she’s also a bit of a bitch. Let’s see… 

So… the new book (out in September) is called ASKING FOR IT. What is the one thing you want people to know about this book? 

I wrote this book to try and challenge the myth of the ‘perfect’ victim of rape – Emma, the main character, isn’t the most likeable of people at times and I think that can make the reader uncomfortable at times and challenges them to confront their own prejudices.

Only Ever Yours was recently republished for the adult market? Give me one good reason why your novels should be published alongside YA fiction.  Aren’t you warping our children?!

If making young adults question how intrinsically patriarchal our  society is constitutes warping their values, then I hope I shall continue to do so for many years to come.

If you could only save one character from ASKING FOR IT from a fire, who would it be and why?

Bryan, Emma’s brother. He’s just such a good person and one of the only people in the book who truly wants what is best for Emma, regardless of his own needs.

What’s the one physical thing you need in your life to be able to write well? 

My parents bought me a laptop for my 27th birthday with Microsoft Word installed on it and I started writing my first novel a week later. I have a real sentimental attachment to that laptop now.

TS5_74UP(1)And what’s the one immaterial thing that makes writing easier? 

The love of my family. My parents and my sister have given me unconditional support, they have been my cheerleaders, they have bolstered my self belief, and they have never doubted for one second that I could do this.

And your one biggest distraction when trying to get words onto paper?

Social media. Goddamn Twitter, how I love you and hate you all at once…

Ok, you’re on a desert island (probably not for the first time). You can bring one of each of these things.

One book: Ariel by Sylvia Plath

One album: Live Through This by Hole

One TV series:  The Mindy Project

One luxury item: Factor 50 Suncream. Yes, that is a luxury.

One person: My father, because he’d somehow manage to get us off the island.

Access to one website: Twitter…

And finally, tell us what you’re working on now. It can be more than one thing! 

Trying to maintain my sanity. It’s a full time job.


Asking For It is out September 3rd. Order it here.