Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

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

A. It's great! But there's still work to do...

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I don't know who said this first but I often think of it: If you do what you've always done you'll get what you've always got...

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is impossible to describe because it's the one occasion when your internal commentator on life does not feel the need to speak.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. To be the last one standing

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

A. In Scotland, standing on white sand and looking out over the Western Isles

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. In truth

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

A. To tell good jokes without forgetting the punch line...or may be to be able to sing in tune

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. A terrible propensity to be late - even when it really matters

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Puddleglum in C.S.Lewis' THE SILVER CHAIR: the world needs more Puddleglums

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Vicomte de Valmont in Laclos' DANGEROUS LIAISONS

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

A. Walking in the country or in England's great gardens with friends and family

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

A. Honesty; Warmth; Curiosity

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

A. Steak and a green salad

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Ian McEwan Rose Tremain Philip Pullman William Boyd Jane Austen

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

A. RESTORATION by Rose Tremain ANY HUMAN HEART by William Boyd ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J R R Tolkien THE GREAT GATSBY by F Scott Fitzgerald

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

A. Writing is a long and richly complex process - don't rush it, enjoy it.