Interview with Ilsa Madden-Mills, author of Spider
13 Nov 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, Spider?
Spider is an emotional standalone about a British rock star and the woman he can’t forget.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
Great question. My biggest inspiration is simply the way I grew up in a house full of books from all types of authors, ranging from Stephen King, Barbara Cartland, Louis L’amour to F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In college, I dabbled in writing but never fully committed to it. It wouldn’t be until several years later, after teaching high school English and working briefly as a librarian, that I took the plunge and self-published my first book Very Bad Things.
You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited?
Stephen King because…hello…he’s a horror freak and I love his brain. He’s also an expert on the craft of writing, and I’d love to know how he overcomes writer’s block.
George R. R. Martin to ask him why he kills people I love. I wouldn’t ask him when the next book is coming out. Ha.
Since I love British Literature, my last guest would be William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright of all time—Romeo and Juliet, be still my heart. He has to show up in attire from his time period, of course, and I’d want to hear about his personal life (we don’t know much about him), his inspirations, his politics, his lovers, and the Globe Theatre.
What books are currently on your night stand?
Only one: Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings by Nicholas Rossis.
What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day for me is waking up and getting my kids off to school. After that, I throw myself into writing. On a productive day, I’ll get a run in at the park.
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
What scene in Spider was your favorite to write?
I love the scene on the airplane. The heroine, Rose, is terrified of flying and the plane has horrible turbulence. Spider, who’s sitting next to her yet doesn’t know her, comforts her by distracting her with crazy questions—and a kiss. He’s a flawed hero who makes a lot of mistakes, but at his core, he’s a beautiful soul.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life…” Not sure who said that but it reminds me that ultimately we are responsible for our own happiness.
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