The Heroine’s Journey of Léonore Queffelec

What is my idea of happiness? To create things everyday. I want to write , to paint, to act,  to express myself in all the ways I can.

What is my greatest fear? Bees. I am allergic to it. I was stung by three bees when I was a little kid. We were playing with my friend to hide and seek. I hid myself into barque. When I opened my eyes I saw a lot of bees. I will never forget this noise bzzzz. I escaped from that boat and jump into the pool.  Since, when I see a bee I make a panic attack. 

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Everyone has vices. I made a lot of mistakes in life. But that built myself and made me become who I am. There’s no hazard I guess. I would like not to think about the past and focus on my future.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire the writer Michel Houellebecq for his wit and his dark irony. I wrote a chapter in my book about him because I would like to meet him. His sincerity is unique.

What is my greatest extravagance? Trying to make a living of my art. 

On what occasion would I lie? To seduce a guy, to have fun in a bar with my friends, or to save someone’s life. Last week, I went with a sick friend in a pharmacy for him to get his medicine. He has lost his prescription and they didn’t want to give him his medication. So I made a scandal and told them that I was a lawyer and would sue them if they didn’t give it in a minute. They obeyed me.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? To be alone in the morning with my pen in front of my notebook. So sometimes I write in parks or coffees. However, I love loneliness.  

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? To imagine stories, to create worlds. To be on stage telling poems. To make people dream. 

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to stop smoking, even when I feel stressed. 

What is my greatest achievement in work? The launching of my first book, “Russian Roulette”. It’s about my mum, a great international pianist. She died ten years ago because of cancer. It was too early. I want to tell the world who she was. Before I was writing poetry, or plays. But now I want to concentrate myself on novels, acting and singing.

Where would I most like to live? In front of the sea in order to hear the music waves and birds. 

What is my most treasured possession? My mum’s piano, a Steinway. I used it as a desk when i was a kid while she was practicing

What is my most marked characteristic? Creativity and research for freedom. 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The museum of modern and contemporary art Centre Pompidou. When I feel blue  I go to see blues paintings by Yves Klein. 

What is my favorite place to eat and drink in my city? Chez Marcello , in Saint Germain des Près. the intellectuals district in Paris. The cocktail Aperols Spritz  and the burrata with artichoke makes me feel as if I were in Italy. 

What books influenced my life and how? A brave world from Aldous Huxley.. A dystopian novel, visionary. And I feel like we are living in this world right now. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen to on my last day? I would like to listen lose yourself in the music from Eminem

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Tatiana from the novel of Pouchkine, Eugène Onéguine. This woman is my model, because of her sincerity, her strength and her romanticism. The love letter she writes to Eugène is for me the most beautiful letter ever written. 

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My best friend Sarah who works as a social worker on the rehabilitation of former prisoners. She wakes up every morning to take care of her children and get them to school. She got divorced and since then, she went back to school to get a diploma. She assumes everything for her family. She is my heroine. 

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? I love all Kubricks movies but I have to select just one , i would like to choose 2001 A Space Odyssey. It is open to multiple interpretations. Hal, the computer of the spaceship makes me think about what Artificial Intelligence can bring to us, its dangers, and about what are we living for.  

What role play stories in my life and work? I love stories, it inspires me everyday. Sometimes it’s dark and sometimes it’s positive. It depends on what story who read, on which way you choose in the streets. This is all a matter of decisions.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? I think that what you believe in becomes true, thanks to the creative process. As artists we are the master of our destiny. 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? François Xavier my best friend who listens all my crazy ideas even even at 3 o’clock in the morning

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022? I would like to strengthen my links with innovative musicians, film directors and writers. 

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on? I’m gonna register a  music album, play in a movie . A biopic about a famous composer. and write my second book

Where can you see me or my work in 2022? On internet or on book shops

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It makes me think about the song flash dance. Passion is violent, and into myself. I can t help feeling it

How can you contact me? On Facebook, Léonore Queffelec Engerer, or on Instagram Leo_nastia111

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