Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed.
Before we start, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 26 (I’ve been telling my nephew that for years and he always believed me). Seriously I stopped counting and 26 seemed to be a good place to stop. I work in an office, and enjoy my work most of the time. I hadn’t always intended doing this job, tried teaching and hated the year I spent doing that. I love travelling, gardening and reading, I can also knit and crochet (although I haven’t done much of that recently) and those parts of my house that aren’t full of books are full of paper crafting items. I can’t remember not being able to read, apparently I knew Black Beauty by heart and my aunt didn’t like reading it to me because I wouldn’t let her skip any of it.
So, where is your favourite place to read?
I read every where and anywhere. The only place I don’t read is in the car – which is probably why I was late learning to drive. I drive because it is necessary to get to places I want to go, and not for pleasure.
Since getting my kindle I can read more as I can take hundreds of books with me everywhere. At the moment I’m on the settee with my feet up and the dog on my knee. And apparently wearing odd socks.
Which character would you most like to meet?
I would like to meet Brother Cadfael, I think he would be very interesting to talk to plus he would be able to advise me on my lack of success with herb growing.
What is your favourite genre and why?
I read lots of different things, I’m not sure that I could choose one genre over another. It depends what mood I’m in when I’m deciding what to read next. Sometimes I have a book for a while before I get round to reading it. I don’t like poetry, or horror or ones where animals get hurt.
Do you like background noise when you read, or silence?
There is usually some noise, I read while other people are watching tv, and I can blank out the background noise.
How do you feel about self published books?
I had hit a “sticky patch” in my reading, the library was open less hours, the second hand book shop nearby had closed and I was just reading and re-reading the same books. When I bought my kindle the first books I downloaded were books that I remembered reading and didn’t have copies of such as Little Women and Katy 3 In 1: What Katy Did, What Katy Did At School, What Katy Did Next and The Children of the New Forest
It wasn’t until I found forums for kindle owners that I discovered free kindle books, and so began to read more new books. The fact that people could write and make their work available for me to read meant that I could read more, discover new authors and start enjoying reading again. Although there are still books that I enjoy re-reading, there isn’t anything like the thrill of reading a book for the first time, wondering how the person will get out of the scrape that they are in, whether there will be a happy ending or whether the bad guy will get his just desserts.
I have read many books over the last few years, quite a lot of them were indie authors, self published books and so I am grateful that they did write those books and that they are available for me to download.
I feel the same way!
Do you like to eat or drink while you read? If so, what?
I have been losing weight for the last year and a half, so have tried not to have snacks in between meals. As for drinks – If you ask any of my family they will tell you of the number of times they have to remind me to stop reading to have my drink before it is stone cold.
Do you think that a book being free means it isn’t good quality?
That is just the same as saying that if a book costs £100 it must be good. I have read plenty of free books that were excellent, and have gone on to find more by that author. I have a budget for what I can spend on books, and am quite happy to pay for ones that I know I will enjoy, I’m more cautious with unknown authors. It isn’t the price that dictates the quality of the book. There were very few books that I haven’t finished (Dickens being the main culprit) but now I find it easier to give up on books that I’m not enjoying for whatever reason. I would only delete it if there was no chance of me ever trying it again, sometimes I’m just not in the right frame of mind for that particular book.
So, that’s the serious questions done! Now let’s get to know the real you!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
I cheated here because I couldn’t think of three ( I thought of short, not as fat as I used to be, and ?? )
So I asked my niece and she said ~~~
intelligent, adventurous and kind
Aww, that’s very sweet!
What has been your biggest fashion regret?
I was a teenager in the seventies!!!
I think that says all that we need to know!
If you were stuck on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?
My kindle, internet connection and electricity supply. Better would be a hotel offering all those services plus food and accommodation, then the other two items would be a kindle and a transporter like on Star Trek so I could go anywhere I wanted.
If you were an animal, what animal would you want to be and why?
Looking at my dog, she has a good life, food on tap plenty of walks and treats and people to make a fuss of her. As long as I had a good home a dog or cat would be ok. Cats give the impression of being more well read as they sit on the newspapers when people are trying to read them, so perhaps I would be a cat.
Interesting way of choosing!
How lucky are you and why?
I’m still waiting for my premium bonds to deliver, although I did win some things on a tombola at the Christmas Fair. Nothing I wanted though so I gave them all away.
What is the weirdest thing someone has said to you while you’ve been reading?
Probably “are you listening to me?”
Funnily enough mum has just walked in and said “do you know you have odd socks on?”. But probably that doesn’t count as I am answering these questions and not reading.
I’ll allow it!
Finally, what would you rather – not being able to read ever again, or not being able to eat your favourite food?
Definitely not being able to eat favourite food. I could find a substitute for that easily enough. What would I do with all my time if I couldn’t read? I would have to talk to people or (shudder) watch soaps. Or sort my socks into matching pairs. In my defence they are both striped and have the same colour stripes, just in a different order. Mum says I probably have another pair just the same.
Brilliant. Thanks, Janet!
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