Beore we get started, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a retired vet nurse and have spent most of my life looking after terminally or critically ill dogs. I spend many hours out walking in the Peak District which is on my doorstep. I also spend a lot of time training dogs, just for fun now as I enjoy working with the dogs enormously.I have a great interest in wildlife and for many years have recorded the fungi in my local woodland for the council ranger. I am a keen amateur photographer and have set myself up a small portable studio where I enjoy taking portraits of dogs or children of friends.
Myself and my husband are lucky enough to live round the corner from our daughter and son in law and our two beautiful granddaughters, Evie and Holly. We love being grandparents and enjoy every moment we spend with the children, in fact we enjoy a very busy family life all round and the family is complete when my sister, Kay joins us, she lives in the North East.
So, where is your favourite place to read?
My favourite place to read is in my study sat in my high backed leather chair with my feet up and a nice single malt by my side. My chair is a little on the worn side but it fits me perfectly and has taken me many years to get to this wonderful comfy condition.
What genres do you like to read?
I enjoy reading Crime / thriller novels, history, historical fiction, sword and sorcery. I also read a lot of natural history books. I also enjoy reading to my eldest granddaughter who has just started on paperbacks so I am once again enjoying the Enid Blyton books.
How do you feel about books that have been turned into movies? Do you watch them or avoid them?
I don’t watch much TV or films but the only time I have watched a film version of one of my favourite books ( Lord of the Rings ) I was very disappointed so didn’t watch the next instalment and wouldn’t watch another film after I had read and enjoyed the book.
I can understand that.
Which book character(s) would you most like to meet?
That’s quite difficult as there have been so many over the years. If I had to pick one then I think it would be Mathew Shardlake from the C J Sansom novels, I could get on with him I think.
How do you choose new books to read? Is price a factor?
I don’t have any grand plan for choosing a new book, I enjoy browsing and buy what I like. I do like reading new authors. Price doesn’t really come into it although I don’t like to be ripped off.
How do you feel about self-published books?
I think self publishing is a great idea. Years ago there was no other outlet for authors except the big publishers. With self publishing we have the chance to read a novel and make our own mind up if we would like to read another by the same author or not. Some of my favourite authors started by self publishing and I’m very glad they did.
I completely agree!
Are there any places in particular that books have made you want to visit?
I am not much of a traveller at all and having been abroad a lot as a child I now stay in England. I guess I always wanted to visit the Lake District after reading Swallows and Amazons as a child but that’s about it. I don’t like city’s and have never even been to London and I am much happier in the countryside but can’t really say the places I like to visit came from one particular book.
So, that was the serious interview. Now, let’s have some fun!
What is the weirdest thing that someone has said to you while you’ve been reading?
I can’t think of anything weird being said to me whilst I was reading but a when the kindle keyboard came out I was reading whilst waiting to see the Doctor and an elderly lady couldn’t grasp the concept of an ebook, she said there was no way I could get a book into the kindle as ” there wasn’t enough room for all the pages ” she was a sweetie and had everyone in the waiting room laughing.
If you had a time machine, where/when would you visit and why?
If I had a time machine I would go back 100 years and do all my favourite walks in the Peak District just to see how things were back then.
If you were stuck on a desert island and could only take three things with you, what would you take and why?
My 2 granddaughters Evie and Holly and Emma my young Labrador, I couldn’t manage without the 3. Of them. Of course they are not things as such so my Kindle, a nice single malt and a good warm coat to keep out the cold.
What is your biggest fashion regret?
My whole life is my biggest fashion regret ! I don’t have much time for fashion except my walking gear and even then I go for practical over fashion. As for makeup, well I am as blind as a bat and always have been so could never see to put it on when I took my glasses off and gave up trying years ago. Luckily my lifestyle doesn’t have much room for fashion and makeup.
I don’t tend to wear much make up either!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
I would be a horse and love being able to run and run and run.
If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?
I would love to have the superpower of being able to always put a smile on the friends of my family and friends, I hate them being unhappy and not being able to help.
Aww, that’s the best superpower suggestion I’ve had!
Would you rather having to say everything on your mind or never being able to speak again?
I would much prefer to never speak again than saying everything on my mind, I could always write anything down that’s important and I am not always very sociable, in fact I’m very often not sociable, and as long as my animals could understand me then that’s fine.
To learn more about the wonderful Anita and see what she’s reading, please visit her Goodreads profile.