My First Author Interview

playing scrabbleMy first interview as an author was published today on the Worthing Book Network. Here follows an extract and you can read the whole thing here. It was great fun to do and fabulous to talk about my passion for reading and words.

“To answer your first question – like most writers, my desire to write is founded in my love of reading. I am told I was picking up books at the age of one, albeit upside-down, and my mother taught me to read when I was three, partly, I suspect, in order to achieve a quieter life. Since then I have been voracious and eclectic in my reading habits. Incidentally, I now read very well upside-down – it can be useful in restaurants and occasionally on the wrong side of a desk at work.

I find joy in words and there is a sublime deliciousness in discovering a new, spectacular story. I’m reading The Night Circus at the moment and before I was even a third of the way through I wanted to read it again already! It’s a story about worthy adversaries – one of my favourite films is The Thomas Crowne Affair (I prefer the Rene Russo version) and I love this theme. It’s also magical fantastical.

I’ve tinkered about with words for as long as I can remember, but it was attending a creative writing course at West Dean College that really turned the wheels on my authorial ambitions.”

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