What is the best thing that I love about my work? Being a novelist gives me incredible freedom in terms of working hours and places where I can work.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? I feel that happiness without a counterpoint of darker moments isn’t very interesting. I love the thrill of discovery, the idea of opening my world up to new acquaintances and new individuals.
What is my greatest fear? I don’t have any great fear, but I do have constant doubts.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Sometimes I have trouble concentrating, my mind wanders from one idea to another.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I love writers of all kinds, from Chuck Palahniuk to Jean Echenoz. Those who, novel after novel, are constructing an oeuvre in an attempt to say something that comes from deep within.
What is my greatest extravagance? Living my life at my own pace (sleep, meals, etc.) without concern for a schedule imposed by society.
On what occasion would I lie? To protect someone.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Filmed interviews.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Having my novel « Le beau monde” published by Editions Albin Michel. What a surprise and a joy—for me, a Korean woman, Swiss by adoption—to be published in one of the largest Parisian publishing houses!
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would no longer be an insomniac.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Finishing a book, every time.
Where would I most like to live?In a hotel, in all of the world’s cities.
What is my most treasured possession? None of them especially. Each object has a function. Memories, which are emotional, are intangible.
What is my most marked characteristic? My love for the French language.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The Spoutnik movie theatre, an art experimental film cinema.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love the sashimi at Kakinuma, but I also love the grilled fish at Le Portugais – simple yet delicious with a dash of virgin olive oil.
What books influenced my life and how? Flaubert’s Madame Bovary for the style, Céline’s Death on the Installment Plan for the music of the language, and Univers univers by Régis Jauffret which freed me from character.
Who are my favorite writers? I adore Flaubert. For the rest, it depends on the period, sometimes I feel like reading West coast American writers, sometimes classics, sometimes contemporary French authors.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Couperin’s Tenebrae Readings for Holy Wednesday, to bring the sublime to a tiny event.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Gontcharov’s Oblomov, literature’s laziest character.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Whistleblowers and war reporters who fight so we know what’s happening and move us to act.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Night of the Hunter, for example, but I love hundreds of films.
What role plays art in my life and work? It is my greatest love, my reason for living.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? The friends who support me when the human being in me devours and overwhelms the artist.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? Painter Axel Sanson, musician and composer POL, director Frédéric Andrau, the comedian Anne Rodier and Isabelle Gattiker, director of Geneva’s International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Chuck Palahniuk, Jay McInerney, Donald Ray Pollock, James Frey or Virginie Despentes, they must be funny.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? All of them: my next novel, the adaptation of my short novel “S’escrimer à l’aimer” for a theatre in Paris, a painting-literature exhibition and various musical and literary performances.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? In as many bookshops and literary salons as possible in France, Switzerland or Belgium, and also a little in Los Angeles for more personal reasons.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? In art or love, there is a kind of imperative that we must absolutely embrace in order to create a stronger and more open body of work or relationship.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? The pianist Audrey Vigoureux, the fashion designer Ana Šekularac, the painter Victoire Cathalan, the director Eileen Hofer, the writers Bessa Myftiu and Maï-Do Hamisultane and the jazz singer Elina Duni, and many other artists which I love but don’t know personally like the director Claire Denis or the director and actress Isild Le Besco.
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Thank you very much to Michelle Bailat-Jones and Ludovic Schorno who generously helped me with the translation.