My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If you can't have what you want, try to want what you have.
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. When I was a child my favourite authors were E. Nesbit and Frances Hodgson Burnett and C.S. Lewis. I still love them! Favourite adult authors include Charlotte Bronte, Evelyn Waugh and Alexander McCall Smith. And I really admire David Almond's books, and I love Harry Potter, and all Tolkien's books, and anything funny . . .
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Don't give up!
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. It's impossible to choose five. How about: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien. And finally . . . Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. And The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Yes, I know that's six.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. Where do you get your ideas from . . .?