Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Big ups, big downs, a work in progress.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. As a child I insisted I was half cat, and dreamed about my cat morphing into a human. I’m happy being a person now, but if I could come back again after this life I would want to be a cat in a nice home. I’d be one of those laid back ginger tabby cats with a great big purr.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My very long gingery-blonde hair.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I love to garden. On a nice day (in England that means not raining) I can be found up to my elbows in mud, both at home and on my allotment. I have a huge greenhouse on the allotment, and each year I try to grow melons. Even with our pitiful summer this year I did harvest three of the tastiest melons ever and a dozen enormous cucumbers. The watermelons didn’t make it past the size of an orange, but there’s always next year.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. What’s most important to me? A smile, a positive attitude and a wicked sense of humour are things everyone should possess. Giving away smiles is free and many time ends up in conversations with strangers, people who needed a friendly face even if only for a few minutes. A positive attitude will get a person through every trial thrown your way. And with a wicked sense of humour – let’s just say my kids have inherited my habit of jumping out of dark corners at them.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Cake. But it would have to be a generic category. I’m not sure I could eat chocolate fudge cake forever. I’d need some carrot cake and lemon meringues thrown in for a bit of variety.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Stephen King, Clive Barker, Michael Crichton, Roald Dahl, and Margret Atwood… maybe? Having favourite authors is a dynamic process, they are constantly changing as I find new books to read. The result is I keep deleting the ones I’ve listed here and changing for another. There are too many excellent authors out there!
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I am so grateful we were made to read it in school.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Write every day. Even if it's nonsense and you hate each and every word. Because every so often you realise you just unloaded a handful of gems on the page.