My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If you can't have what you want, try to want what you have.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. It's impossible to choose five. How about: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien. And finally . . . Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. And The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Yes, I know that's six.
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. When I was a child my favourite authors were E. Nesbit and Frances Hodgson Burnett and C.S. Lewis. I still love them! Favourite adult authors include Charlotte Bronte, Evelyn Waugh and Alexander McCall Smith. And I really admire David Almond's books, and I love Harry Potter, and all Tolkien's books, and anything funny . . .
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. All of the books I have already mentioned. I also adored 'A Traveller in Time' by Alison Uttley, and have read that several times, but my biggest reread favourite is 'I Capture the Castle''.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Don't give up!