About Ian Holding
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Beethoven, but nothing beats Martha Argerich playing Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto.
Q. Favorite movie
A. Central Station
Q. Favorite television show
A. watching live cricket
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. A long, painful, pitiful search for the next story.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Writing is not escapism; writing is confrontation.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. The perfect piece of music played by the perfect musician in the perfect setting.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Waking up deaf and mute.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. The West End, watching a great play by a great writer in one of those great old theatres.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Sachin Tendulkar - the poet with a bat.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. perfect pitch
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. writing two novels I'm really proud of.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. a Stradivarius
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Mr Darcy
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Mr Collins
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. "Dr Livingstone I presume? Right, now leave these poor people alone you self-righteous prick and bugger off back to England."
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. At the moment, trying to fathom Beethoven's Opus 111 but failing to do so.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Sophocles, Dante, Donne, Racine, Rabelais, Moliere, Kafka, Waugh, Satre, Beckett, Camus, Mann, Faulkner, Pinter, Ionesco, Coetzee, Symborska
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. <i>Antigone<BR> The Trial<BR> A Handful of Dust<BR> The Letters of John Keats<BR> Waiting For the Barbarians</i>
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Jeeves & Wooster stories of P.G. Wodehouse
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. There's nothing you can be taught about writing that you can't learn by reading.