Author Revealed

About Katherine Rundell

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 7/10

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Charlie Parker

Q. Favorite movie

A. The Sound of Music. And, The Engima of Kaspar Hauser

Revealing Questions

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Spend part of each day upside-down

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Swimming in the sea.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing my memory

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Swimming in the sea

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. 'Crikey'. It makes me sounds like Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Oh, that's easy! I would sing like Dinah Washington or Billie Holiday: women who sang like they'd been alive a thousand years

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Just William, and Emma in Emma

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Trollope's Obadiah Slope in third place, Samuel Whiskers in second, and Shakespeare's Iago in first

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. John Donne: I think he would be the world's best and wittiest drinking companion.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading, or tightrope walking, or swimming in the Isis river in Oxford.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I would love to have been an acrobat; someone who makes flying look easy

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Roast chestnuts

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Diana Wynne Jones, Jane Austen, Philip Pullman, Noel Streatfield, Shakespeare, Roald Dahl, Kafka, Muriel Spark, Raymond Chandler, Nabakov, Barbara Trapido, John Milton. And John Donne, above everyone else in the world.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I've read Jane Austen's Emma so many times I can almost recite the whole book. I love it so much it gives me shivers.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Read, of course. But also evesdrop, and trespass into places you're probably not supposed to go.