heather o'neill, the kitten life, lullabies for little criminals, the lonely hearts hotel

Earlier this spring we sat down with Montreal author Heather O'Neill in a part 1 interview that was both inspiring and down to earth. You can read that here to learn more about one of Canada's most talented writers.

Today we have part two for you: her answers to The Kitten Life Questionnaire.

We hope you enjoy her answers as much as we did.

The Kitten Life Questionnaire x Heather O'Neill

heather o'neill, the lonely hearts hotel, the kitten life, lullabies for little criminals, canadian author

1. What is your present state of mind?

Happy and anxious. 

2. What’s your sign? 


3. What is your favourite vice?


4. Puppies or kittens?


5. What is your most prized possession? 

A school photo of me when I was 6 years old. It reminds me of who I am. I look so defiant and brave.

6. If you could be any plant what would you be?

Well a tree. You basically live forever.

7. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I have a picture in my mind of me as an old woman writing in a giant messy house.

8. What’s the first thing you would buy if you moved into a new space?

A couch.

9. What is your favourite colour?

Light green.

10. If you could teleport at exactly this moment, where would you go?

Maybe to London. To visit my UK editor Rose. I adore her.

11. What’s your recurring dream/nightmare?

Being backstage at a play I’m performing in, but haven’t read.

12. What piece of art has made an impression on you?

Gisèle Vienne’s dolls.

13. What’s the most romantic experience you’ve had?

Once my ex-boyfriend Seth said that I was the girl he imagined dating when he was little. And I realized I felt the same way about him. It was as though we’d been looking for each other since we were seven. 

14. What is the smell of sex?

Snow and wine.

15. What do you wish you could relive?


16. What is consciousness?

The idea of one’s self as the center of perception. Having a personality. The bigger your personality, the more conscious you are.

17. Who do you most admire?

Margaret Atwood.

18. What is your advice for future generations?

Preserve everything. Things that have existed in the past are inherently beautiful.

19. What is the meaning of life?



Heather's work includes 'Lullabies for Little Criminals,' 'The Girl Who Was Saturday Night,' and 'The Lonely Hearts Hotel.' You can find her books wherever books are sold, and you can follow her on Twitter.

You can check out our other Kitten Life Questionnaire posts featuring Canadian and International artists, creatives, movers and shakers here.