Ella Ferreli was born in the Midlands and now lives in Oxford. She is an English and Creative Writing graduate and now works in publishing. ‘A Night in Paris’ is her first piece to be published.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Although only recently deceased, I would have loved to have met Joan Didion. She’s such an inspirational woman and I find her outlook on writing and life more generally are extremely interesting. I would have loved to be able to pick her brain on all manner of things.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: I have vivid memories of devouring the Rainbow Fairies series as a child. They were always 3 for 2 in WH Smith and I remember going to pick some out with my grandmother and her surprise when I’d read all three in one afternoon.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: Staring into the arctic blankness of a word document and hoping inspiration will strike. It’s quite boring.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: The ability to read at speed and still absorb all of the nuances of a text would be pretty handy!
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: The Naples of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet. Ferrante’s descriptions of Italian vistas and the atmosphere she draws of 1950s Italy is so vivid and somewhere I’d love to spend a day or two.
‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.’ Albert Camus September ‘Gail, dear, you can’t hide cards up your sleeve.’ The nurse points out my mother sitting at the far side of the room in the games corner, but I had already heard her voice, high and shrill. The room is …
Your father insisted on driving you to the cinema tonight. If you were going to go out it had to be under his conditions, and this was one of them. It’s embarrassing that after three years of living alone at university your father has to chauffeur you around, especially for a date, but you know …