Author Revealed

About Lucinda Riley

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 2/16

Q. Previous occupations

A. Actress

Q. Favorite job

A. Being a novelist - how lucky am I?

Q. High school and/or college

A. English Private School, then Drama School.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Rachmaninoff and Gary Barlow

Q. Favorite movie

A. Brief Encounter.

Q. Favorite television show

A. The X Factor

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Mother, wife, writer, manic, airports, big Sunday lunches

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never give up.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being with my wonderful family.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Spiders

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

A. The Oriental, Bangkok, or a close second, The Mandarin Oriental on Central Park.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Lillie Langtry. An actress who also became King Edwards VII's mistress.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My husband... cheesy but true.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. 'Darling'

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not knowing 'then' what I know 'now'.

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

A. Speaking fluent French.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My children.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Being a pushover.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Being positive.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Shakespeare's quill.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My tiny feet

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Heathcliffe

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Chef / Hyena from 'Life of Pi'.

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

A. Jay Gatsby. 'Can I see your shirts?'

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Negativity and smiley face symbols at the end of emails

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

A. Dancing.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'm doing it.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, positivity and kindness.

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

A. Cheesepuffs with Rose wine.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. 1) Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keyes, 2) Stand by you - The Pretenders, 3) You're the Voice - John Farnham, 4) Rule the World - Take That, 5) State of Independence - Donna Summer

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. F. Scott Fiztgerald, Bronte Sisters, Gustav Flaubert, Phillipa Gregory, Edith Wharton.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, Life of Pi, Madame Bovary, Destiny

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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

A. Don't stop until you reach the last word.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. I cried.