Liam Pieper – scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
I’m a writer: books, but they take a very, very long time, so in between I work in journalism and such.

Why do you do it?
Fame and fortune, obvs.

What do you love about the city you live in?
I just moved to Sydney, so right now I’ve yet to find what I love about it. I would say the nightlife, but in this town it’s impossible to find a drink after 6pm unless you meet the Premier down a particular alley by the casino with a bag of cash.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
An island just off Bali. It didn’t go great.

What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
After a lifetime of searching and amassing a vast portfolio of ill-fitting leather jackets, I finally found the perfect one for me. I was beyond thrilled, until I moved to Sydney, where it gets cold enough to wear it maybe once a year.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
'Twin Peaks'. I was a strange kid.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
Childhood. Have a word with myself about my entertainment choices.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
Something amazing. I’m a fantastic cook. It’s my one redeeming features.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Don’t watch 'Twin Peaks' too young.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
That kind of defeats the point of a secret, no?

Are you happy with your work/ life balance?
Noooooo. I wish I was as stockbroker. If I’d become a stockbroker, I’d have way more time to write than I do as a full-time writer.

How do you define success?
Same as everyone else: cars and cash. But seeing as they’ll be forever out of my reach, I’ll settle for just writing something that entertains someone, however evanescently, for a minute.

What's your spirit animal?
My cat, Zelda Catzgerald. Vain, disloyal, greedy, lazy: we share the same politics. That’s her in the photo.

Liam will appear at the A Rock & Roll Writers Festival at The Old Museum (Brisbane) 1-2 April.


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