If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? I’d go into the future, and I wouldn’t even need to go far. Just give me a copy of the Racing Post and send me to Ascot for the day.
One food you would never eat? Rabbit. I’ve been a vegetarian for a number of years but even before that I refused to touch the stuff. I’ve always kept rabbits and adore them as pets. They’re innocent, cute, friendly and quiet, what more could you want? Even if I returned to eating meat, I couldn’t bring myself to eat rabbit.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Because it’s a light-hearted take on some pretty depressing topics and it’s only $0.99 for the next few weeks! For 320 pages and a year of my time, it’s a sound investment.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I have a couple of other books completed already. The first, a comedy, will be published at the beginning of the year under my real name. I have a few others in the pipeline as well, all fiction.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. I’ve had a lot of messages from people suffering from TS, depression, BPD etc, saying how they could relate to the book. I never anticipated that, I wrote the book to entertain, not necessarily to inform or to inspire, so reading those messages and talking to the readers who have suffered similar illnesses, is really heartwarming.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. It’s my favorite book, but not just because of that. Bladerunner is one of my favorite films (although nothing compares to the book) and a computer game of the title was one of my favorite games. In fact I deviated from the typical cycle: I played the game first, then saw the film and then read the book. I have a lot of good memories, feelings and enjoyment wrapped up in that world.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? My favorite book growing up was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I also loved the Goosebump books by R L Stine, one of my first ventures into the horror/thriller genre; a genre I typically pen my own fiction in.
What is your favorite Quote? “Yes, madam, I am drunk. But in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? I wanted to be a binman (garbage man). I have no idea why, I just recall my parents telling me that’s what I used to say. After that it was ‘policeman’. Then, when I was about 11, I swapped my Roald Dahl books for my dad’s collection of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. After that I tried writing my own stories and became obsessed with the idea of being a writer.
Who are your favorite authors of all time? Philip K. Dick. Stephen King and Terry Pratchett. Three different genres; three brilliant
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? Directions to the nearest toilet, Wi-Fi access and…a helicopter.
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? To write a memoir. I still don’t know why I did it. I’m not the sort of person who likes to talk about themselves and I’m not the sort of person who could ever ‘sell’ themselves. I guess it was a moment of madness that I just ran with.
Hidden talent? I don’t have any hidden talents as such, but I do have an encyclopedic knowledge of nonsense. I’m obsessed with pointless facts, answers to questions that only ever pop up in drunken pub-conversations.
Favorite Food? Anything that’s meat-free but meaty. I’m a vegetarian but don’t like vegetables. Here in the UK we have a number of brands that cater for picky eaters like me (Quorn, Linda McCartney). Foods that taste like meat but don’t contain any meat, or tofu for that matter, because the only thing worse than vegetables is tofu.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? I was looking forward to the new Batman film, then I realized it had been released and I had forgotten to go see it. So now I’m looking forward to remembering to rent it or, failing that, I’ll look forward to reminding myself to watch it when it shows on TV.
If you were a bird, which one would you be? A lovebird. I have one and he’s lonely. We’re on the lookout for a ‘friend’ for him but have so far failed to find one. He just sits there all day tweeting and flapping. He moves away when I try to go near him and avoids me like the plague when I let him out of his cage.
I’m not saying I want to be his friend — he doesn’t like me — I just want to know what the hell he’s squeaking about day and night. Clearly it’s important because he doesn’t stop yelling it. I feel like I’m missing out.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be? Spiders. Just the sight of them turns me into a weak, wimpish little girl. In fact anything small, crawly and bugish pretty much puts me on edge. There are countries I would love to visit but refuse to go on the basis that they are inhabited by spiders the size of my trembling hand. Australia is top of that list, but pretty much every other country outside of Europe has a prominent place on it.
Which authors have influenced you the most, how? I blame Philip K Dick for my love of the dystopian future which (along with several movies and the Fallout game series) fueled a love of the post-apocalyptic world, bordering on a desire to live in one.
Don’t get me wrong, if aliens/zombies invaded and we were all thrust into a post-apocalyptic environment, I’d be the first to shit myself and hide under the bed. I just find the images of such a world…romantic.
What do you do in your free time?I read, I write…I do little else. At the minute I spend my days promoting the book, I seem to have little time for anything else. Hopefully I can find some time to return to my writing soon, but “The Line, the Itch and the Rabbit Hole” seems ingrained into my consciousness, so finding the mood for fiction is hard.
What is your guilty pleasure? As a heavy metal/rock fan for the majority of my life, my long-term fiancee recently found it hilarious when she discovered my guilty pleasure was Elton John. She didn’t stop laughing for a week. It’s a good thing I never told her about my Michael Jackson obsession…
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? I watch the X-Factor with my fiancee. I used to leave the room when she had it on, but now I’m drawn to it. It’s wrong I know, but there’s something so enjoyable about watching a stream of talentless wannabes open their hearts to a room full of sniggering spectators. As soon as the live shows start and the talentless numpties depart, I lose interest.