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About Abigail Tarttelin

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 10/13

Q. Previous occupations

A. Video shop assistant, hotel waitress, fish & chip shop waitress, casino bartender on nights, bar waitress.

Q. Favorite job

A. I'm going to go with the 'was' in this question: there were certain perks that went with the fish and chip shop.

Q. High school and/or college

A. In a small market town in England.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. There are many! At the moment I very much like Tom Waits and Michael Reeve.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Favourite movies include Star Wars (the original 3), Star Trek (the JJ Abrams version), Breakfast at Tiffanys, XXY, Volver, Sodo Tobre Mi Madre, Terminator 2, Beasts of the Southern Wild... ohhh there are so many more!

Q. Favorite television show

A. Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Friends were jointly the best shows ever made! Also Family Guy, Sex and the City and The Big Bang Theory.

Revealing Questions

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

A. Surreal, happy adventure filled with love and laughter.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Life is too short to not be happy.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

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Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing family. Second greatest fear is living a lie.

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

A. At a family celebration by the sea.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. ‘Nice’, ‘cool’, ‘mental’, ‘awesome’, ‘high five!’

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

A. I’d be an expert in martial arts. Or maybe really proficient at a string instrument.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Having a wonderful group of close friends, all of whom I admire, respect and love no end.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Possibly my preference for pajamas over clothes.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Near-constant cheerfulness.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Me. I have a great life.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I don't know! Hopefully the cheerfulness!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Buffy The Vampire Slayer!

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Entirely unwarranted arrogance.

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

A. At the moment, crocheting while watching The Big Bang Theory.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Fighter pilot in space.

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

A. Honesty, courage, kindness.

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

A. Fish and chips. Side of fruit if I may.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Cold, Cold Ground by Tom Waits, Lost Not Alone By Michael Reeve, Bad Religion by Frank Ocean, Ten-Twenty-Ten by The Generationals, Diamonds and Rust by Joan Baez

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. <![endif]--> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--> <![endif]--> /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}<![endif]-->This is a tough one. I tend to likeindividual books rather than authors, and some of my favourite authors haveonly written one book. I do like Hunter S. Thompson, who I was quite late tocome to but has such an authentic, honest voice I can’t help but love hisnovels. I may not have always agreed with his politics, however I don’t thinkthat’s always the point with novelists. You have to accept the books they putout as their body of work and the best of themselves. I have read multiplebooks by Michael Cunningham, Stieg Larsson, Aidan Chambers, Ian McEwan, DeanBakopoulos, Caroline B. Cooney and, my childhood companion, Enid Blyton. 

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

A. <![endif]--> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--> <![endif]--> /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}<![endif]-->Again – tough! This list is twiceas long as requested and probably goes something like:Wuthering Heights by Emily BronteUnless by Carol ShieldsSaturday by Ian McEwanThe Girl With The Dragon Tattooseries by Stieg LarssonThe Rum Diary by Hunter S. ThompsonJust Kids by Patti SmithThe Good Women of China by XinranThe Age of Innocence by EdithWhartonOrdinary Grace by William KentKruegerThe Collector by John FowlesThe Hours by Michael CunninghamMy American Unhappiness by DeanBakopoulosThe Women’s Room by Marilyn FrenchThe Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson

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

A. Trust your instincts - and write someplace where they don’t have wifi.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. My FAVORITE comment to hear from readers is 'wow'! But the one I heard most regularly after the publication of Flick was that it was unusual that I wrote from a boy's point of view. Funnily enough, during the writing, it hadn't occurred to me that this might be strange at all!

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