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I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
I started before I could print. I would play with the cans and boxes in the kitchen cupboard, creating characters and stories. When I was eight I simply transferred the process to the written word.
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
Yes. I had an agent by the time I was fourteen. I worked as a ballet teacher and wrote through my twenties. I worked for seven years with an editor without a contract before they finally sent me one.
Could you describe literature in three words?
Absolutely positively lifesaving.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
No. Read everything. I have no patience with people who are afraid of words.
What’s your favorite book?
Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
“I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”
From Ulysses by James Joyce
EBooks or paper print?
Paper. I love books, the feel, the smell, how each is different, the design. You lose all that with ebooks.
What inspires you?
I don’t feel inspired. Stories bubble up unbidden.
What’s your worst nightmare?
Something happening to someone I love.
The best decision of your life was?
Marrying my husband.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
Very Rich, just released September 2018.