Since graduating with a degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, Chloë Ashby has been working in journalism. She is an associate editor in the Books department at Monocle and a freelance arts writer based in London. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, FT Life & Arts, 1843 and others. In 2019, Chloë graduated from the Faber Academy and she’s currently working on her first novel.
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: I don’t have a lucky writing talisman (unless you count the felt carrot that lives on my desk), but I do have a cork board crammed with postcards (mainly artwork) that inspire me.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: The planning, though it’s also (for me) one of the most important parts. Once I have an idea I just want to start writing.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: The ability to stop time. There are too many books I want to read.
I hadn’t heard from my mother for a month. Normally she left a voicemail once a week, informing me of her and Stanley’s whereabouts, occasionally asking how I was and even more occasionally asking after my own husband. Then, all of a sudden, she announced she was in London. Could we meet for breakfast? I …