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1. Do you have any ideas about what you would like to write your next novel about?

I did, though I have lost some spark towards it! There are two starting points, The Avebury Ravens or the Bromptom Cemetary Time Machine. But I am just not sure...

2. Of all the places you have been to in the world, which is your favourite?

Yosemite National Park is the place I remember as making me happy every single day I was there - and I camped for a month in a car to stay there!

3. To date, what would you say your greatest achievement is?

Oh this is difficult! Getting my dear wee book published of course, and getting on telly, becoming an equity member, all these things I wanted to do as a child. But I think that perhaps the greatest thing I have achieved is some capacity for honesty with myself. There is so much that is ridiculous about me, and to some extend it should stay that way to keep me from hubris. But despite my faults, looking from the outside in, I have become a person I respect.

4. What art form is most likely to move you to tears (happy or sad)?

Another tough one. The play 'Warhorse' used so many art forms to put its message across that I cried for a week and have never forgotten it. Photography is the one that moves me to tears in general life.

5. What is your favourite season of the year?

Summer! Pile on the heat, the blue sky, the yellow light...the sea beckoning and flowers all lush and seductive, bees and butterflies everywhere! Summer is Heaven!

6. If you could pick any author - dead or alive - which one would you like to have dinner with?

Argh, I can't choose just one! If it was a quiet dinner for two, possibly C.S. Lewis, for his work has influenced my childhood profoundly. Then again, he might try to convert me...and because he's very persuasive, he might succeed! Rudyard Kipling, cos he's so interesting and got so many brilliant stories. Hafiz of Shiraz, cos he knows how to get drunk on poetry. For a dinner party, it'll be Chaucer or Wilde, preferably both, and we'd have to get the booze flowing, cos it will either be the best night ever or the worst!


7. Which is your favourite London Underground station?

Brilliant question! Charing X. Looks great as you approach it from Waterloo, fantastic views over the river on both sides, big screens in the station make it easy to see everything that's going on at a glance, and you get out into the West End quick quick!

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velvet_the_cat
Mar. 13th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
Heehee, glad you liked number 7, I was quite pleased with that one! ;o)
smokingboot
Mar. 13th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
It's a good one - actually they were all quite thought provoking for me? Would you like 7 questions? I know you've done the meme already so no obligation, but if you're up for it...
velvet_the_cat
Mar. 13th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
Go on then, as it's you. :o)
smokingboot
Mar. 13th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
OK, here we go!

1. You are invited to a wedding, only to turn up and find it's the event from hell! What defines it as your worst nightmare?

2. Do you like bats?

3. To make up for the terrible wedding, you are given the photographic opportunity of a lifetime; a single rare moment/thing. What would you choose to capture?

4. With total rights over the negatives/publicity etc, and taste/artistry guaranteed, would you ever pose for glamour photography?

5. What's your current favourite piece of music?

6. Bad habits; is there one that you just can't abide?

7. Would you ever go to New Orleans?
sixtine
Mar. 17th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
I would dine with Sheherazade I think. CS Lewis would tempt me but just too religious for me; a bit like William Blake. Amazing, intense, tortured but zealous.
smokingboot
Mar. 19th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
Sheherazade would be fascinating if she talked about herself...I would have problems with a night of interlinking shaggy dog stories!

Blake, I don't know, I think when he wasn't being a visionary he was quite good at ranting at or about the iniquities of publishers/landlords/people in general. An entertaining guest I suspect... would you like 7 questions?
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