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About Imogen Howson

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 3/3

Q. Previous occupations

A. Editor, at-home parent, nanny, church youth worker.

Q. Favorite job

A. Editorial assistant.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Collyers, West Sussex, England.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Dirty Dancing.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Firefly.

Revealing Questions

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

A. Three cats, two teenagers, one partner, more coffee.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Handwavium improves everything.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Trees, sunshine, coffee, and a really long book to read.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Doing something that irrecoverably turns me into a person I'm ashamed of.

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

A. Anywhere I'm not cold (I'm ALWAYS cold).

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Peter Tatchell, the gay rights activist.

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

A. Being able to dance.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I avoid conflict at all costs.

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

A. A golden eagle (no natural predators and they can fly!).

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I make weird faces when I'm talking about something interesting.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Howl from Howl's Moving Castle.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Gollum from The Lord of the Rings.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Not being listened to.

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

A. Reading and cooking.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Leader of a successful revolution (we are talking total fantasy, right?).

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

A. Honesty, loyalty, kindness.

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

A. Cheese!

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Diana Wynne Jones, Rumer Godden, Stephen King, Marion Zimmer Bradley, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Mary Stewart, Elinor M. Brent Dyer, Suzanne Collins, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Antonia Forest.

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

A. Howl's Moving Castle, Bag of Bones, The Forbidden Tower, This Rough Magic, The Hunger Games.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Lord of the Rings.

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

A. Every book you read helps you become a better writer, so keep reading!

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