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Getting to know: Anna Faversham!

Okay Anna. We’ve done the serious interview, now for the silly one!

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Really no idea!

What is your biggest fashion regret?
I changed jobs and had a 20% pay rise so I bought a leather coat with a warm lining and a wide collar. Within a year it looked dated and I had spent half a month’s pay on it. I don’t ever want to think about it again!

Sounds.. interesting!
If you had to sing in a talent competition, what would you sing and why?
Something that John Lennon usually sings because I can comfortably sing in his key.

Would you rather be famous, or friends with someone famous?
I don’t ever want to be famous. That would be a nightmare for me. I’d like to sell as many books as the famous though. Friends with someone famous? Hmm. . . it depends on what they are like.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
An adored cat. Why? Well it would be nice to have meals prepared for me daily and a warm bed, and to watch the world go by. I don’t think I’d like to be a big cat such as a lion as they seem to fight too much.

Meals prepared and a warm bed sounds like heaven!
Okay. Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the first item on your left to survive. What is it and how long do you think you’ll live?
The first item on my left is a quill pen. I bought it to inspire me. If Shakespeare and Jane Austen could write as they did with just a feather pen, then I ought to be able to do better. Oh dear, what hope of that! I’d use it to tickle any approaching zombies. I doubt I’d live long and that would probably be a very good thing!

Interesting!
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be and why?
I’d like a superpower that could create robots to do all the housework etc. Then I’d have more time to write.

That sounds PERFECT.
Finally, if there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
No idea. If I were a man, I’d pick James Norton. I think he should be the next James Bond.

Fab! Thanks, Anna!
To learn more about Anna Faversham, and to read her serious interview, please click here.

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Getting to know: Peter Cawdron!

Hi, Peter!
So, that was the serious interview. Now here is the silly interview to get to know the real you!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Just three words? Damn, I’m out already.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
I know these are supposed to be silly, lighthearted questions, but as an ex-creationist, I shudder at the thought of “If… you were an animal…” As the whole concept of religious creationism presupposes that humans are different. Humans are supposedly exceptional, somehow exempt from inclusion in the animal kingdom. So on this question I’m going to have to go with: Homo sapiens because we’re a crazy lot, coming up with lots of crazy ideas. We just need to keep fact and fiction separate (and that’s rich coming from a science fiction writer!)

You’re hosting a dinner party and can invite four guests (real, fictional, dead, alive). Who would you choose?
-Charles Darwin – I’ve read most of his books, including his travel diary and letters to friends. He’d be astonishing to chat with in person.
-Albert Einstein – because, seriously, space-time??? How does someone come up with such a radical concept like that?
-Erwin Schrodinger – because quantum physics does my head in. Every time I think I’ve got it figured out, I realize how little I understand
-Erwin schrodinger’s cat – who may or may not be present depending on “stuff”

Great choices! Very clever!
Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse (quite fitting considering you’ve written stories about this!) and you can only use the first item to your left to survive. What is it and what do you think your chances of survival are?
The first item to my left is a spoon. With or without the spoon, my chances of survival are slim 🙂

Oops! That’s some bad luck!
What were you like in school?
A horror. The less said the better 🙂

If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?
Again, probably too serious an answer for a silly section, but… brains (and not in the zombie sense). Brains win over brawn and has done for thousands of years. Brains put us on the Moon, cured (some forms of) cancer, eradicated hideous diseases like polio and smallpox, and feeds billions with astonishing proficiency (although there’s much more to be done in this regard). Let’s see Superman top that!

Look at the world’s major problems. They can all be group loosely under one category—problems that exist because we’re not using our brains.

I could do with more brains, too!
If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
Firstly, it would be boring as hell. I really don’t know who would play me. Anyone, I guess. Two arms. Two legs. A bit of hair on top. That’s about all that’s needed as I’m no one special.

Thanks, Peter!

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Getting to know: Carrigan Richards!

Hi, Carrigan!

We’ve done the professional interview. Now, let’s get to know the real you!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Stubborn, funny, goofy

What is your biggest fashion regret?
Cut-off blue jean shorts rolled up

There’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the first item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?
My phone. I’d survive for a while. I’m small and can outrun zombies!

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
A dog. Because they are such amazing creatures, and live life to the fullest.

If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
Hopefully someone cool. Maybe Jennifer Lawrence because she kinda acts like me in real life. Except, I’m no where near as outgoing as she is.

You’re hosting a dinner party and can invite four guests (dead, alive, real, fictional, anything goes). Who would you invite?
Edgar Allan Poe. Tori Amos. Dave Grohl. And my grandparents.

Great choices!
Finally, would you rather always having to speak your mind or never being able to talk again?
Speak my mind.

Great! Thanks, Carrigan!

To see Carrigan’s serious interview and the links to her new book ‘Under an Onyx Sky’, please click here.

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Getting to know: James Morris!

menandarcher copyHello, James!
So, we’ve done the serious interview. Now its time to get to know the real you!

How would you describe yourself in the words?
Flawed, friendly, focused

What we’re you like in school?
I played alto saxophone in marching band, and was pretty much friendly with a variety of cliques, yet belonging to none. I was fairly shy, though, and let’s not even talk about the lack of dating!

Interesting!
So. Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the first item on your left to survive. What is it and how long do you think you’ll live?

It’s a pen, an ordinary pen. And I think I’d last for about a day – or less. Maybe that would be a mercy.

At least you could write, I guess!
What was your biggest fashion regret?

Ha – parachute pants in the 1980’s.

Brilliant!
If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
Probably Henry Thomas, the kid all grown up now, from “E.T.” I know, he’s not a big star now, but when I was a kid, all I wanted was to be E.T.’s friend. Boy, that reference dates me!

Interesting choice! I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that.
If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?

This is a cheat, I know, but I’d wish for more wishes from a genie. I like being a regular person, but sometimes you need that little touch of grace or luck or something that helps you over the bumps in life. Being a superhero – life would be too easy in some respects, and I think that would eventually make you feel distance from your fellow man.

Great perspective!
Finally, if you were an animal, what would you be and why?
My first thought was a dolphin, because they’re smart, supposedly friendly most the time, and social; but then I thought, why not a badass shark to rule to ocean?

Great choice! Sharks are ace!

Thanks, James!

To view James’ serious interview and where to buy links, please click here.

‘What lies within’ is out now!

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Getting to know: Linda S. Prather!

Hi, Linda!

So, we’ve done the serious interview. Now, it’s time for the fun questions!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Empathetic, compassionate and crazy.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be and why?
Either the ability to heal others or the ability to become invisible. Healing from my compassion for people and animals and invisibility for my desire at times to be a fly on the wall when doors are closed.

Great choices!
Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long do you think you’d live?

A glass window and I’d survive a long time because I’m a fighter.

Brilliant answer!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

My Shitz Tsu, Popcorn. He has it made. He’s actually the boss, the baby, and focus of the entire family any time he wants it. He has no worries, no stress, and doesn’t ever have to worry if his food bowl is going to be filled.

My labrador, Brandy, is exactly the same!
What has been your biggest fashion regret?

The dress I wore to my son’s wedding. It fit a year before that, but now going back and looking at the pictures and the video, well that 10 pounds I’d gained is very visible.

If there was a movie made about your life, who would you like to play you?

Jamie Lee Curtis. I think she’s got it all. Tough, sexy, funny and sweet.

Would you rather never being able to speak again, or always having to say everything on your mind?

Ha, ha. For me to be able to say everything on my mind, but once again my compassion for my fellow human beings comes in to play so I would choose never being able to speak again for them.

Brilliant! Thanks, Linda!
To learn more about the amazing Linda S. Prather, and see her serious answers, please click here.

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Getting to know: Sophie Weeks

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Hi, Sophie!
So, we’ve done the serious interview. Now, let’s get to know the real you!

What were you like in school?
I was kind of weirdly intense about everything.  My senior year of high school, I was voted most likely to become a cult leader.  

Well, that’s certainly interesting!
How would you describe yourself in three words?

Playful, pensive, passionate.

Perfect!
Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?
Writing at my kitchen table, so…there’s a jar of coconut oil.  I guess I’d grease my steps with it?  Might hold them off about half an hour.

Well, maybe.. Sorry, I can’t think of anything better! Good luck!
If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and what would the title be?

I was once told, in an astonishing and improbable compliment, that I resembled Drew Barrymore, so I hope she’s willing to gain some weight for the role.  The title would be Reckless Dreams and it would be a dark comedy.

If you could choose any two people to be your parents, real or fictional, alive or dead, who would you choose?
I definitely want Jon Stewart to be my dad.  My mom is getting tired about being pestered about whether she didn’t have an affair with some Jewish kid from New Jersey before I was born. For a mom, I have to dip into fiction. Araminty Brown from National Velvet is so many kinds of amazing.  Hard-headed, strong, and supportive.  Every time I reread that book I’m astonished at the depth and beauty of that character.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be and why?
Flying, absolutely.  I don’t know if I could do anything useful with that, apart from rescue cats stuck up trees, but I love the idea of flying.  I still have a lot of vivid flying dreams that make me very happy.

The ability to fly would be great!
What has been your biggest fashion regret?

You know, I don’t regret the orange chiffon dress, nor the giant lavender tulle skirt…I only regret the five billion little black dresses that represent risks not taken.

Thanks, Sophie!

To learn more about Sophie and to view her serious interview, please click here.

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Getting to know: Mark Gillespie

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So, that was the serious interview, now it’s time to get to know the real you!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Dreamer, Distracted…(sorry what was the question?) 

What were you like in school?
I really was a dreamer.  Whatever they were trying to teach me I was thinking about something else.  I couldn’t be bothered with school to be honest! Home economics?  I mean, what’s the point??

Right. So, imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?
A shoebox.  I’m dead.

Um.. well.. Yeah, sorry, you’re probably right..
If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
It’d have to be Woody Harrelson.  Been told many times there’s a resemblance. Don’t see it myself!

Interesting choice!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why? 
Anything that can fly.  But if it’s a choice between a mosquito and a golden eagle, it’s eagle all the way!

Golden Eagles are great!
Imagine that you’re a hosting a dinner party for your three favourite people. Who have you invited and what have you cooked?
Cook?  Eh, it’s a Dominos all round.  I’m sure they’d understand.  Assuming I can bring in people from throughout history, I would invite Richard Burton (fascinating man who possessed the greatest voice ever), Crazy Horse (Sioux who defeated Custer at the Little Bighorn), and Amelia Earhart just to ask what the hell happened to her plane!  

Awesome choices! Though that home economics in school probably would have helped with the cooking!!
Finally, if you had a time machine, where and when would you most like to visit?
Last week.  Glasgow city centre.  I lost a tenner there 😉 

Interesting use of a time machine! Haha

Thanks, Mark!

To see Mark’s serious interview, please click here.

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Getting to know: Kathy Shuker

Kathy Shuker photoHello, Kathy!
We’ve done the serious interview, now let’s do the silly interview!

So, What were you like in school?
Quiet, useless at sports except hockey (? don’t know why) and always doodling in the margins of my notebooks.

I can relate to that!
How would you describe yourself in three words?

Shy, friendly, self-critical.

If you had to sing a song in a talent competition, what would you sing and why?
‘I Wanna Be Like You’ from The Jungle Book because I’d have no chance of winning so I’d have to play it for laughs.

Great choice!
Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?

An invisibility cloak but I wouldn’t last long because the zombies mightn’t be able to see me but they’d hear me whimpering pathetically.

If you were a superhero what would your superpower be and why?
I’d be able to teleport matter from one place to another so I could get the people or goods necessary to where they were required.

It would certainly be a very useful superpower!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

An elephant: smart, way cool trunk, great social and family bonding and you get to play with mud and water every day.

Elephants are gorgeous!
Finally, if there was a book written about your life, what would be the title and why?

‘Nice Try’. I don’t succeed at everything I try to do but I’d like to think I give it my best shot.

Brilliant. Thanks, Kathy!
To learn more about the wonderful Kathy Shuker and to see her serious interview, please click here.

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Getting to know: Susanne McCarthy

Hi, Susanne!

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We’ve done the serious interview, now let’s get to know the real you!
How would you describe yourself in three words? 

Lazy. And… um…

If you were an animal, what would you be and why? 
My Border Terrier, Hollie – because she’s thoroughly spoiled. Though she might get a bit of a shock if I suddenly became her – and if I was her, who would be me?

Good choice!
Right. Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live? 

Again, it’s Hollie – she insists on sharing my chair when I’m writing, which is quite inconvenient. Except in the case of a zombie apocalypse, when she’d come in very handy for scaring off the zombies. And hunting for food. So we could probably last for quite a while.

Very sweet!
If you had to sing a song in a talent competition, what would you sign and why?

I do sing in a ladies’ chorus in Torbay, which is a lot of fun. My favourite of the songs we sing is probably Moon River, and we’re currently learning All About That Bass. But for a solo, I’d sing the Plug ’ole Song.

Interesting!
Would you rather be famous or best friends with someone famous?
 
Oh, best friends, definitely. You get all the perks like restaurant tables, and get to meet other famous people, without any of the hassle.

I completely agree!
If there was a book written about your life, what would the title be? 

“You Did WHAT?”

I like that! Haha
Finally, if you were a superhero, what would your superpower be and why? 

Time travel. And I mean deep time, not just pootling around in the Victorian era. I’d want to see what really went on at Stonehenge, or how they built the Pyramids, or watch the earliest humans as they started to move out of Africa.

Can I have a second one? The ability to write quickly.

Brilliant. Thanks, Susanne!

To learn more about the lovely Susanne and to read her serious interview, please click here.

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Getting to know: Katie Stewart

KatieStewart2015sHello, Katie! So, that’s the serious interview done. Now for the fun questions!

So, what were you like in school?
I was an angel! No actually, I used to get in trouble for talking too much (my friends and I were known as the ‘Mother’s Union’). That was until we came to Australia. Then my north of England accent got me teased all the time and I became very shy. I also spent a lot of time trying not to be linked to my two older sisters. They were really clever and everyone expected me to be the same. I wasn’t. So I walked around with my head down so I wasn’t mistaken for them because people always seemed to think I looked exactly like my eldest sister and I was instantly recognised as one of ‘that’ family.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Stubborn, introverted dreamer.

Imagine that here’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?
Um, it’s a cat named Taffy. Does she count as an object? She hardly ever moves, except when she wants feeding. She’s very soft and furry, so I guess I could hold her under the zombie’s nose and give him a sneeze attack. Or I could lie her under his feet so he stands on her tail. She’s scary when someone treads on her tail. I have the scars to prove it. I doubt I’d live very long using Taffy in defence, but she’d probably survive pretty well.

Very imaginative use for a cat in a zombie apocalypse!
Would you rather never be able to speak again or always have to say everything on your mind?
I’d rather never speak again. At least if I can’t speak, I can write my thoughts. But sometimes my thoughts are really not publishable, so I’d hate to have to let them out. I’d get into so much trouble it wouldn’t be funny and I don’t think I’d have many friends left.

What has been your biggest fashion regret?
When I was at University, I was still incredibly shy and I used to dress to fade into the scenery…everything in various shades of brown. Then one day a friend (I use the term loosely) asked me why I always dressed in those colours as it reminded him of baby poo. I guess I should thank him for bringing colour into my life, but at the time I just wanted to kick him.

If you could pick two people to be your parents, who would they be and why?
Roald Dahl and Mrs Weasley. Think what a wonderfully chaotic/creative life that would have been! Mayhem and magic!

But in all seriousness (sorry, I know this is the silly bit, but I have to say it) I wouldn’t have wanted any parents other than the ones I have.

Brilliant choices!
If you had to sing a song in a talent competition, what would you sing and why?
If I had to? Ha! Forcing me would be the only way to make me sing in a talent competition. But if I had to… I’d dress up as Maria von Trapp and swirl across the stage singing, ‘The hills are alive, with the sound of music!’ When I go for a walk with my dog up to the top of the hill behind our house and turn around to take in the view, I often get the urge to sing that. I’m thirty kilos too heavy and thirty years too old to sing it, but up there, who is there to complain? Only the dog and she knows I’m mad.

Nice choice!

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