A. My mother was a great one for maxims, me less so. However, I'm a great believe in optimism, however unfounded. Plus I always like to have my next holiday booked and planned.
A. Happiness for me is really good meal in a really great restaurant with my husband and our two kids. There's something about a good restaurant - well-run, well-designed, with good lighting, good service, and of course good food - that I find irresistable and impossibly glamorous. I grew up in towns where nice restaurants didn't really exist, so I love getting dressed up and going out to eat somewhere nice.
A. Count Dracula, from the novel 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker
A. My job title at the university where I work part-time is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media. 'Reader' is a British academic title that is one rank below 'Professor'. But it would be great if what it really meant was 'reader' - the perfect job for me!
A. Sally Naldrett, of course, the main character from 'The Mistress of Nothing'! I'd love to find out what really happened to her after she left Lucie Duff Gordon's household.