Allegra Huston Revealed
About Allegra Huston
What is your birthdate?:8/26
Previous occupations:book publisher. acquisition/development consultant for film production and distribution company
Favorite job:office manager of Los Rios River Runners, New Mexico's oldest, largest rafting company
High school and/or college:Marymount High School, LA; Hertford College, Oxford, England
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Bach; Debussy; Puccini
Favorite movie:Harold & Maude; The Year of Living Dangerously; Night of the Hunter; Point Break
Favorite television show:American Idol; Project Runway; EPL, Champions League & World Cup football
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Happy, riverine, unplanned, panoramic, sunlit, small-town, cosmopolitan
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Rise above it
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. hearing my son laugh
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. losing my son
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. right here in my house in Taos, New Mexico. If not here, on a remote beach in Mexico.
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. I don't identify with other people. I've never been able to answer this question.
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. Jane Goodall. I edited one of her books. She has the remarkable gift of knowing what's truly important to her, and wasting no energy on what's not important.
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. Bloody hell. Um. Come on, Rafa!
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Not much, really. I used to say I'd get my pilot's license by the age of thirty, and I didn't.
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. Singing.
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. It's a bit early to answer that, but I hope it will be a happy, active son.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. Laziness, both physical and mental. Also I swear too much.
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. I'm a loyal friend.
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. An English oak tree.
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. Good: helpfulness; bad: impatience.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. This changes. Right now, Camille Desmoulins in Hilary Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. Ahab, if he's a villain.
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. Shakespeare: "Was it fun? Was it you? Why did you stop?"
Nelson Mandela: "How is it that anger seems not even to touch you?"
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. Hypocritical politicians. People who leave lights on in unoccupied rooms. That the Taos Youth and Family Center is closed on public holidays.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Whitewater rafting. Messing with the decor of my house. English crossword puzzles.
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. Interior designer.
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Loyalty; sense of humor; enthusiasm.
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. French Meadow Bakery hemp bread, toasted, with Enchanted Valley sorrel spread made in Alamosa, CO.
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. "I Second That Emotion" - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. "Tumbling Dice" - Rolling Stones. "We Belong Together" - Rickie Lee Jones. "Love and Happiness" - Al Green. "Cancion Mixteca" - Harry Dean Stanton.
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Melville, Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens
current: Kazuo Ishiguro, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, Jared Diamond, Brian Greene, Steven Pinker
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
Guns, Germs & Steel - Jared Diamond
Harold & the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. Moby-Dick
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. it's a first draft, it's not supposed to be good.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. "There's so much in your book that connects to my own life - and I was really surprised."