New York Times bestselling debut author Abi Daré takes our questionnaire.


What is a typical day for you?

Wake up, pray + meditate, try to do some writing, get my children up and ready for school ( packed lunches and hair brushing included), head off to work or the library or cafe, try to do some writing,  school runs for the kids, prep dinner for the family, try to do some writing, crash in bed barely coherent, rinse and repeat.

What are you most excited about in the next 12 months?

The release of my debut novel, The Girl with the Louding Voice and all the exciting things that come with it. 

What was your favourite subject at school and why? 

English. I love words, the application of it, and how it can transform and shapen and inform and heal. English Literature was very exciting for me, especially because I grew up in Nigeria and so we got to study Shakespeare as well as Wole Soyinka and Ola Rotimi ( two notable Nigerian Playwrights).

What surprises you about life as a writer that you didn’t expect?

The amount of work and coming-out-of-your-shell moments that come with publication.  Totally unexpected and pleasant when it is going well.

If you had to give an aspiring writer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Be protective about your writing space, and be consistent at honing your craft. ( caveat: define your consistency and stick to it).

Favourite books 

Rebecca  – Daphne Du Murier

The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini

A thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini

I Know Why The Caged bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Favourite film

The Usual Suspects-Gosh, that twist!!

Best sandwich

Club Sandwich

Coffee or tea

Costa’s Flatwhite with Hazelnut syrup- YUMMY!!

Which author, living or dead, would you like to write your biography

Maya Angelou




Abi Daré grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and has lived in the UK for over 18 years. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Keen to improve her writing, Abi completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London, achieving a Distinction. Her novel, THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE won The Bath Novel Award in 2018 and was selected as a finalist in The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition in 2018. Abi lives in Essex with her husband and two children.
February 19, 2020

10 Things…with Abi Daré

New York Times bestselling debut author Abi Daré takes our questionnaire.
January 17, 2020

10 Things…with Nelle Andrew

Literary agent Nelle Andrew takes our questionnaire.
November 27, 2019

10 Things…with Nara Vidal

Nara Vidal, owner of Capitolina Books, takes on our questionnaire.
October 23, 2019

10 Things…with Graeme K Talboys

  Author Graeme K Talboys takes on our questionnaire.
October 9, 2019

Jess Sturman-Coombs reviews Kia Abdullah’s novel “Take It Back”

  Kia Abdullah is an author and travel writer from London. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and Lonely Planet, and is the founding editor of outdoor travel blog Atlas & Boots, read by 250,000 people a month. Her latest novel, Take It Back, was […]
September 18, 2019

10 Things…with Tim West

All Good Bookshop’s Tim West takes on our questionnaire.
September 4, 2019

Louise Hare reviews Luan Goldie’s novel “Nightingale Point”

Luan Goldie won the Costa Short Story Prize 2017 for her short story “Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns”. Her debut novel “Nightingale Point” was published in July 2019.
August 16, 2019

10 Things…with Peter J Coles

In the first of our new series, MIR ‘s Managing Editor of Content takes on our questionnaire.
July 18, 2019

Beating the Post-MA Motivational Slump – Poetry

Elaine Mary Stabler collates a selection of opportunities for post-grad poets
June 21, 2019

The Bookshop is Dead… Long Live the Bookshop

Carmel Shortall on All Good Bookshop, a co-operative bookshop project in north London
May 16, 2019

Talent Campus 05

Mari Vindis shares her recent experience on Talent Campus