Author Revealed

About Tamsyn Murray

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 12/6

Q. Previous occupations

A. Paper girl, Fruit picker, Party hostess with a well known burger restaurant, Estate agent, Barmaid, Market stall holder, Baby sitter, Waitress, IT Advisor

Q. Favorite job

A. You really have to ask?

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to St Bernard's RC School in Barrow in Furness

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. I am a supermassive Muse fan

Q. Favorite movie

A. Meet Joe Black

Q. Favorite television show

A. Glee or Lie To Me

Revealing Questions

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

A. Amusing, busy, musical, fun, wordy, disorganised, fur-filled, amazing

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Whatever you do, do it well

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Something that would mean less without my family, pets and friends

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I am terrified of spiders and bugs. But not ladybirds - is anyone scared of them?

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

A. On a beach in the Maldives

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Penelope Pitstop - cartoon characters count, right?

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Regardless of her political views, I think Margaret Thatcher is a pretty amazing woman

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Actually

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not learning to sing earlier

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

A. I can lick my own elbow - surely that's the ultimate talent?

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. See ultimate talent above

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm hard-working

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

A. I'd like to be my cat, Taz, because she can lick the back of her own head. Are you sensing a theme here?

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My sense of humour

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Dracula (or possibly Mr Grumpy)

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to meet President John F Kennedy and I'd tell him not take the open-topped car.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Bad singing

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

A. Trying to lick my nose but I only do that in private. I also like singing.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Musical Theatre actress

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

A. Loyalty, hard working and a sense of humour

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

A. Candy floss - I think it's a major food group in its own right

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I couldn't possibly just choose five! Please don't make me...Well, if you insist, I like Unintended by Muse, All I Need by Air, Rule the World by Take That, Songbird by Fleetwood Mac and my guilty pleasure track would be If You're Not the One by Daniel Beddingfield. Don't tell anyone about that last one, OK?

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. I have lots of favourite authors but here are a few Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Robin McKinley, Jane Austen, Jill Mansell

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

A. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Beauty by Robin McKinley and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and also Beauty by Robin McKinley

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

A. When the going gets tough, the good keep writing.

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

A. “I laughed out loud.”