1. What do you write?
I’ll try anything once. Not to be taken out of context, filthy animals.
2. Pen & paper or computer & printer?
Both, my initial ideas and perhaps the first couple of pages will be in my journal and then I’ll move to my laptop for the rest. I use a specific pen as a tribute to when I first started my BA in Creative Writing, as girls from school described it as ‘writing with a fluffy pen’ so I do, in a pretty notebook too. [Insert lewd hand gesture.]
3. Where do you write? Where would you like to write?
I’ll write in bed as that appears to be where I spend most of my time. I tell myself one day I’ll clear my desk of papers, old Christmas cards and an array of perfumes – it’s been four years. Either that or I’ll force myself to go to the library in the hope that if I surround myself with knowledge and productivity, it’ll somehow rub off.
4. Which do you enjoy more – researching, writing or editing?
I don’t love researching; will do almost anything to skirt around it, like doing the washing up or Pinning pictures of pugs. I have a love/hate relationship with writing, depending entirely on mood, to-do lists and opportunities for Nandos. I prefer to edit other people’s work – I suppose that’s the aspiring teacher in me (and my incessant need for perfection in any area of life). It’s all enjoyable though, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.
5. Does your Litmus entry have a soundtrack?
I wouldn’t know, I haven’t written it yet.
6. Favourite author or poet – can you manage just one?
Poet, Carol Ann Duffy – she reminds me of being at school and I find her so interesting. I like to think she has a very dark sense of humour, and she’s an extremely intelligent and talented woman, she makes the rest of us look good and bad at the same time.
Author, Dorothy Koomson – one of the first adult fiction writers I came across and never looked back. Her strong female protagonists and emotional plots are captivating. Another incredible lady that makes us look like bobble heads on a dashboard in comparison.
7. First book or poem you fell in love with?
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah – part of an autobiographical series. I remember sitting up in bed with a torch, crying onto the pages and whispering ‘No, no, no!’ at the cruelty she faced and the beautifully written words. I read it over and over again until my teacher told me I had to read something else. In fact I’m going to go and order a copy now, and I strongly suggest you do too (Falling Leaves is the unabridged version).
8. Cat, dog, budgie, bunny or goldfish?
I have a cat; I want a dog pug, so both.