Author Revealed

About Debby Holt

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 3/10

Q. Previous occupations

A. teacher, special needs assistant

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing by a mile!

Q. High school and/or college

A. Rosebery Grammar School, Surrey and Exeter University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Leonard Cohen

Q. Favorite movie

A. It's A Wonderful Life

Q. Favorite television show


Revealing Questions

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

A. Imaginary characters constantly butting into my domestic life

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. 'Most people are about as happy as they decide to be.' Abraham Lincoln

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. The sun shining outside, a good chapter written and every member of the family - for once - problem-free at the same time.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Death of someone I love

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

A. The Maldives would do very nicely

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Mary Shelley though heaven knows why!

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. President Obama because I want to believe there is at least one political leader who knows what to do

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. clearly and actually in print and 'Do you know what I mean?' in conversation.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Taking so long to take writing seriously

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

A. singing and playing the guitar

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My children, (though I'm not sure I can claim much responsibility here).

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Seriously, I don't know!

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

A. If I couldn't be me, I'd like to be Sophia Loren when Cary Grant was in love with her...Sigh!

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I talk a lot.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Captain Wentworth in Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Alec d'Urberville in Tess of the D'Urbervilles - He's far more alluring than the priggish Angel.

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

A. I would meet King Charles the Second before he married and persuade him I'd fit the bill nicely.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Politicians who say they listen but don't.

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

A. Winning at Scrabble although it hardly ever happens.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Acting

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

A. Kindness, a sense of fun, enthusiasm.

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

A. homemade soup

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Anne Tyler, Carole Stone, Claire Tomalin, Douglas Kennedy, Georgette Heyer

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

A. Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer, Persuasion by Jane Austen, A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, Katherine by Anya Seton

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer

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

A. If you wonder if something you've written doesn't work, it probably doesn't.

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

A. That I make them laugh.