Four Minute Interview with...writer Melissa Hill
The writer on her home decorating skills, and how Purple Rain is the song associated with her youth.
What's been the best decade of your life so far and why?
Between 2000 and 2010. I married my husband Kevin in 2000, and we had our daughter Carrie in 2010. I also started writing books.
What was the worst moment of your life?
Touch wood, I've had no major tragedies.
What secret skill or talent do you have?
I'm great at putting wallpaper up. I'm not bad at painting walls either.
If there was one song you associated with your youth, what would it be?
Prince's Purple Rain. I first heard it at a disco, around the time of my first kiss.
What was the last lie you told?
To my daughter, that I was going to London to do boring things. I wasn't, but she wasn't to know that.
What do you consider the greatest work of art?
The Empire State Building. They built it in 1929, when the country was in a depression, and I think it's an amazing engineering feat for its time.
Which local star in any field should the world outside of Britain and Ireland know about?
Chef Derry Clarke for his scallops. I had dinner in L'Ecrivain four weeks ago for my 40th birthday, and the food was fabulous.
What is your greatest regret?
Not having travelled more when I was younger and had no commitments. Now I want to travel all the time.
What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?
Airport lounges. I'll pay extra for the oasis of calm an airport lounge gives. It's a bubble in a crazy world when you're writing on the go.
Who is/was the love of your life?
My husband Kevin. We met in a pub in Rathmines while watching football, and it was when the slagging began.
What is your present state of mind?
Panic. I've a writing deadline at the end of the week I don't think I'm going to make.
What are the consolations of getting older?
Knowing who you are, what you want, and what makes you happy.
What living heroes or heroines do you have?
Stephen King. He never sits on his laurels, and delivers a great read with every new book.
What is your best chat up line?
I'd never have chatted anyone up. What worked for Kevin? He said "The state of you" when he met me dressed in a Manchester City top in the pub.
What is the best lesson life has taught you?
To take every day as it comes. Don't look too far into the future.
Melissa's new book A Gift to Remember is published by Simon and Schuster.