A. Antiquarian bookseller, waitress, potato picker, foreign exchange cashier, music magazine copy-editor, freelance journalist, senior editor at Marie Claire UK
A. Working on the heavy metal magazine Kerrang! in Carnaby Street, London in the early 1990s
A. Too many places (around Britain) to mention
A. Today, I'll say the Smoke Fairies
A. Time Of The Gypsies
A. The Sopranos
A. A constant balancing act between parenting and writing
A. Never stop moving forward even if you take a wrong turn occasionally
A. Hiking for miles across the Mojave Desert in the winter sunshine with my husband and kids, all lost in our own thoughts
A. Anarchy – I like rules
A. New Mexico, smelling woodsmoke in mountain air
A. The 'Mad Men' women like my mother who pioneered their way into creative media jobs in the 1950s and 1960s, paving the way for my generation. Unlike my mother, however, I was happily not expected to leave when I started a family!
A. I admire social workers. They often have a very tough job to do and receive little thanks for it in the UK
A. 'I have to say...'
A. I stopped learning French and German just as I started to become fluent
A. To sing. My grandfather was a professional concert-hall singer in Glasgow, and I feel hard-done by that I did not inherit his beautiful voice
A. Publishing a novel
A. I have an inner hippy which tries to take over occasionally and stop me getting things done
A. However bad things get, I think I have an optimistic gene that flips me back over
A. A bird for the day.
A. I have a strange hybrid accent from moving all over the UK as a child
A. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A. Judge Holden from Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
A. I ran a business for two years publishing private memoirs for 'ordinary' people. It taught me that everyone has an interesting story. So, I'd be happy to meet anyone from a time before mine. Anything they told me about their daily life would be pretty fascinating, I expect.
A. Barking dogs
A. I'm doing it! Although I also dream of making a film one day
A. Humour, intellectual curiosity, trustworthiness
A. Erie Lackawanna by the Smoke Fairies, Trani by Kings of Leon, Pale Blue Eyes by Velvet Underground, The Rifle by Alela Diane, You Said Something by PJ Harvey
A. Cormac McCarthy, Anne Tyler, E. Annie Proulx, James Ellroy, Paul Auster, Willy Vlautin, Arnuldur Indridason, Raymond Carver, Melanie McGrath, Don Winslow, Alice Sebold
A. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy; Heart Songs by Annie Proulx; Short Cuts by Raymond Carver; As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner; Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
A. Pride & Prejudice
A. Form a writing group with other people who are interested in writing, whatever their background or experience, and use it as a way to source feedback for your writing and set yourself deadlines.
A. 'I couldn't put it down'