10 Things about Eilís

Who is your hero?

My mom. My mom is not only the strongest person I’ve ever met, but also the happiest. She’s always worked so hard to make our lives full and happy, and taught us to work for the things we want. She’s basically Super Mom.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I’m kind of in love with Galway city. We live about an hour outside the city itself, but every time I go in I feel really at home. It’s a city that feels like a village, and it’s so full of creativity and life and winding streets. Also, it’s not far from my family or the countryside, which are two things I wouldn’t like to leave behind entirely.

What is your favorite book to read?

I’ve reread Jane Eyre more times than I care to admit. As a child it was one of the first books I fell in love with and I always come back to it. I read it at least once a year and I never get bored of it.

Who is your favourite author?

Oh, I have so many! I definitely love Laini Taylor and Victoria Schwab. Their writing is mind-bogglingly elegant and their worlds are so well built that I sometimes wonder if they’re strictly fictional.

What makes you laugh the most?

Do you know what sound sloths make? Yeah. That.

If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

CHILLI. Chilli is the king of all foods. Chilli should have its own food group. Sometimes I get emotional when I cook chilli because I’m so excited.

How would your friends describe you?

I’m a bit of a rollercoaster, I guess. Somedays when we hang out I’m hyper and talkative. Sometimes I keep getting distracted by random pretty things or just stare dramatically into the distance. Other times I explain how I have lost the ability to be a writer and will probably die of a fatal case of writer’s block. It’s very exhausting for everyone involved.

What is one thing you could not go a day without?

Well, since I obviously don’t need air, I’d have to say I couldn’t live a day without sarcasm.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Once I had to walk into a room full of editors and try to convince them to like my book. That was definitely the scariest thing I’ve ever done.

What is your favourite childhood memory?

Oh, I have loads. I baked and cooked a lot when I was little, and a lot of my favourite memories are of doing that.