1. What do you write?
A load of… things I never finish. It’s my downfall, I start a piece at 99mph and run out of steam a few thousand words in. So I guess the answer would be that I write a lot… but with no particular box to fit it in to.
2. Pen & paper or computer & printer?
Computer and printer. My hand doesn’t write fast enough to keep up with my brain when an idea comes to me, so it’s always typed. Similarly, my handwriting goes from almost-interpretable to abysmal if I write for too long…
3. Where do you write? Where would you like to write?
It has to be at a desk, always. I’m too restless to write anywhere else, at least if I’m at a desk I know I’m there to write. I’d love to say somewhere romantic like in a field of daisies or in a coffee shop on a winters day, but that would be a lie.
4. Which do you enjoy more – researching, writing or editing?
It depends on the piece. Research can be tedious, granted, but I quite enjoy writing historical fiction, so researching for those can be really exciting. Writing in itself probably comes bottom of the list – as aforementioned, I get restless and have the attention span of a distracted squirrel, so I have to drag myself to the library to avoid going off course! Editing can be quite interesting – I love reading other people’s work, seeing their ideas and helping them perfect them. Similarly, editing my own work can be quite a laugh – resulting in several thoughts of “ergh, did I seriously write that?!”
5. Does your Litmus entry have a soundtrack?
TBC. Watch this space.
6. Favourite author or poet – can you manage just one?
My favourite poet is the one who decided to write prose instead. Poetry and I are, quite definitely, not friends.
My favourite author changes dependent on whatever book I’m reading that month. Lesley Pearse has always been one whose writing I’ve enjoyed, however – I love historical based fiction, and her characters are relatable, well written and thoughtful. She manages to portray the conventions of the early 20th century and what life was like for young women, in a delicate and empathetic voice.
7. First book or poem you fell in love with?
I would be lying if I didn’t say Harry Potter. Cliché, I know, but it is literally the fiction I grew up with, and never grew out of.
8. Cat, dog, budgie, bunny or goldfish?
Cat, no questions asked. Dogs terrify me, bunnies and budgies would never show you the same affection, and a goldfish is… Well, a goldfish.