It’s ages since I’ve done a writers Q& A tag and I loved doing this one from my lovely friend Shehanne Moore and the hamstah dudes. I hope my answers meet their exacting literary standards. 🙂
Shehanne’s blog and website is a delight you can visit by clicking on the images below
What is your favourite line of poetry about a hamster? Oh okay, we mean a small furry creature, or animal
I don’t remember a poem about hamsters but I do like this poem by an Unknown Author about-‘A Dog’s Soul’. The line that encapsulates a dog completely is this one:
Altho’ his heart may break in two
His love will still be whole,
Because God gave to every dog
An understanding Soul!
.What was your favourite children’s book if it was not Mrs Tiggywinkle?
I loved horses as a child and read so many books about them, but the one that sticks in my mind is ‘Black Beauty’ by Anna Sewell. The chapter about ‘Ginger’ the abused carriage horse still makes me so sad.
You’re in the forest, it’s dark, it’s cold, it’s mysterious, suddenly the bushes part and there snarling before your is a savage, giant hamster. What happens next?
I reach in to my pocket and pull out a… Peanut in its shell guaranteed to calm down even the most ferocious and hungry hamster. Maybe I would need more than one for a giant hamster?
Is there any place in the world you would like to set a book or poem and why?
I always feel inspired to write in English country or coastal settings. Northumberland and the Lake District where I set The Dragon Legacy’ are particular favourites.
You can have dinner with your favourite book hamster, character. Who is it and what will the first course be? Recipes are welcome. Of course if you can’t find a hamster, just choose another animal.
I would love to have dinner with T.S Elliot’s Cats, such an interesting group of individuals. Naturally they would like cream and I love strawberries so the first course would be shortbread biscuits with extra thick double cream and fresh strawberries. mm delicious.
Tell us a bit about what you are working on now.What was the last book you read?
I have recently finished ‘Past Shadows’, ‘a historical mystery romance with a paranormal twist’. The story is set in Regency Derbyshire. I am currently working on a romantic mystery thriller, after the surprising success of The Dangerous Gift. More about this next week on my blog.
How much of you is in your characters or your poetry?
Probably more than there should be. However the elements of me are not necessarily me now, but me when I was younger.
Forget all this hero stuff. You’re being cast as the villain and it’s your choice who you pick so long as they are from a book.
I do love villains. I must admit I loved Xavier, my villain in The Dragon Legacy who was definitely not what he seemed…
Who or what inspires your writing?
Places inspire me first. When I visit a beautiful place or an unusual historical house, it always inspires me to write a story about it. For example when I visited Hardwick Hall a couple of years ago. I was struck by the coldness of some rooms and how ill they made me feel. I’ve stored these feelings away for use in a future story.