Reading. It follows us anywhere we go. We read at the subway to find some adventures on our way to work. We read at the queues to kill time with a beautiful story. We read in bed to relax after a hardworking day. We read to learn, to remember, to forget, to find new sensations, to escape…
Nowadays it is almost impossible to find a person who has not read a single tiniest book in his life. It is one of the things you can not escape in modern society. Books have became an inseparable part of our existence.
But how often do we think about the person that stands behind our beloved stories, the author itself? Without even knowing us, he manages to awake a great spectrum of senses in our mind with only one word. In fear to be judged and misunderstood, the writer still shares his sacrament thoughts, beliefs and ideas with the readers. Nevertheless most of us rarely think about him.
Is not is fascinating to find out who exactly created your beloved piece of writing? What inspires him every day, where he gets inspiration for creating? Now it’s the time for you to get acquainted with one of the creators of such beautiful things as book.
Please meet Jax Miller, an author of “Freedom’s Child”, a writer and a beautiful person. Some time ago I had a pleasure to organize a photo shoot for this lovely lady. Today I would love to share her secrets with you.
As a tradition, to do this, I asked Jax to answer 39 questions from Proust questionnaire. A small reminder for you: The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.
Jax was asked to answer all the questions sincerely and not to miss any of them.
- What is your current state of mind?
- What is the principal aspect of your personality?
– Wandering, restless.
- What is your favorite occupation?
– I’m lucky to have it. I am a novelist. I love my job more than anything, but there are times I loathe it. We have a real love/hate relationship.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
– I am too young to know yet. I believe the best is yet to come.
- What or who is the greatest love of your life?
God, family, writing.
- What do you hate most of all?
– Deadlines, know-it-alls and celery.
- On what occasion do you lie?
– When I say I’m not nervous or scared. I’m more nervous than I appear.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness?
– In a cozy cabin, fire going, cut off from civilization, bright northern lights, about to start the first chapter of a new book. I’d love to have my loved ones there. Maybe not right there, but in the next room.
- When and where were you happiest?
– I loved spending my summers as a child in Virginia with my grandparents. They had this beautiful home on the bay in the country. Beautiful weather, amazing sunrises, cake for breakfast, ice cream on beach days, collecting coins to spend at the local carnival. Those were good times.
- What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
– Being stuck in something bad, when moving forward feels impossible.
- What is your greatest fear?
– My loved ones dying before me. But if we’re talking phobias, then I’m a claustrophobic; utterly terrified of small spaces.
- What is your greatest regret?
– I do my best not to dwell on them. I have many.
- What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
- What do you most dislike about your appearance?
– My midsection.
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
– My happiness levels. Even when I know I should be, I’m never as happy as I could be. I wish my subconscious would allow for it.
- If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
– I really don’t want to come back. I need rest. But if I HAVE to pick… I think a seagull.
- Which talent would you most like to have?
– I wish I could be a better dancer. I love dancing, I just look kind of ridiculous, I think.
- What is the trait you most deplore in others?
- What do you most value in your friends?
– Sound advice.
- What are the qualities you most like in a man?
– Intelligence, a good smile and patience. A man needs patience to be with me.
- What are the qualities you most like in a woman?
– Modesty and the ability to keep a secret.
- Which living person do you most despise?
– No one off the top of my head, but I don’t think I’d very much like Kanye West.
- Which living person do you most admire?
– I admire many. My grandparents are up there on the list. I wouldn’t mind being more like them.
- Where would you most like to live?
– I truly love Ireland. I’m from New York and always felt drawn to this country. I knew the second I stepped off the plane in Dublin that I was home.
- What is your most treasured possession?
– I really don’t have any. I think I’ve always been nomadic and so I learned not to attach myself to physical things. If my house was on fire, I’d grab my work/writing. But I could live without it because I’d just start all over.
- Who are your favorite prose authors?
– Cormac McCarthy and Ernest Hemingway, do they count?
- Who are your favorite poets?
– Frost and Cummings.
- Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
- Which historical figure do you most identify with?
– David of the Old Testament or Paul of the New Testament of the Bible. But some days I swear that Amy Winehouse is my spirit animal.
- Who are your heroes in real life?
– My grandparents, Glenn and Gerry Miller.
- What are your favorite names?
– I like old-fashioned names: Edith, Agatha, Mildred.
- Who are your favorite composers / singers / music bands?
– That’s hard, I have so many. Classically, I’m a Bach girl. But as far as more modern, it ranges from Johnny Cash to Apocalyptica, The Rolling Stones to Nine Inch Nails. I’m all over the place.
- Who are your favorite painters?
– DaVinci. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not as familiar with art as I’d like to be. But I am working on changing that.
- What are your favorite movies?
– I’m a die-hard film buff. Shawshank Redemption, The Crow, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Trainspotting, Stand by Me… God, I can go on for days!
- Name your favorite colors.
– Blood red, black and gold.
- What are your favorite flowers?
– Roses and honeysuckle.
- Name your favorite food and drink.
– New York or Italian pizza, sushi, and anything with crab.
- How would you like to die?
– Before I can register it… I guess assassination. It would mean a) I was important and b) it should be quick if the job is done right. But I don’t hope it happens any time soon.
- What is your motto?
– Be still.
These were 39 things you never knew about Jax Miller writer. Enjoyed reading? Want to be one of the models featured at the blog? Book your photo shoot from professional photographer in Dublin, Ireland right now. Just drop me a message and we will organize everything in the best way possible.