20 QUES­TIONS FOR SO­PHIE KIN­SELLA

Fairlady - - BOOK EXTRACT -

1. Dog or cat? Dog 2. Favourite place in the UK? Wher­ever my fam­ily is. 3. The best ad­vice you’ve ever got? Slow down. En­joy the mo­ment. I have a ten­dency to live my life in a to­tal whirl, and I’m al­ways think­ing ahead. Some­times it’s good just to think about what you’re do­ing right now. 4. If you could mur­der one per­son and get away with it, who would it be? I hon­estly don’t think I could mur­der any­one! 5. If not writ­ing, what? Snug­gled with all my chil­dren on the sofa. 6. Do you like cook­ing? I love the idea of it, but I’m not bril­liantly prac­ti­cal. My hus­band is far bet­ter. I’m al­ways burn­ing food be­cause I get dis­tracted. The num­ber of sim­mer­ing pans I’ve sud­denly re­mem­bered about, only to find their bot­toms are scorched... On the plus side, I CAN make a Nigella Law­son Nutella cake! 7. How well do you sleep? Usu­ally very well. I love sleep and I need lots of it. 8. Moun­tains or sea? Sea. 9. What’s your favourite place in the world for a hol­i­day? Oman. I’ve been there many times, and it is a lovely, friendly coun­try with spec­tac­u­lar desert scenery and beau­ti­ful beaches. 10. What did you learn from your mother? And your fa­ther? My mother taught me: you can do any­thing in life. My fa­ther taught me: if in doubt, crack a joke. 11. Four peo­ple at your ideal din­ner party (alive or dead). Who are they? Jane Austen, Dorothy Parker, Lewis Car­roll and Richard Cur­tis. I’d en­joy their wit and shame­lessly pick their brains. 12. What are you read­ing at the mo­ment? Need to Know by Karen Cleve­land. It’s an in­cred­i­bly grip­ping thriller – I’m lov­ing it! 13. Do you recharge by be­ing alone or in a crowd? It de­pends. My life is one of ex­tremes. Af­ter days writ­ing alone, I crave com­pany, but af­ter a pub­lic­ity tour I need peace and quiet. 14. Would you de­scribe your­self as a fem­i­nist? Yes, I think I’m nat­u­rally a fem­i­nist. I write strong fe­male pro­tag­o­nists who face chal­lenges but pre­vail. 15. Week­end get­away: big city break or coun­try? Can’t choose! Love them both! 16. What makes you an­gry? In­jus­tice, un­kind­ness and plas­tic ev­ery­where. 17. What makes you happy? Think­ing of a new plot twist. Mak­ing my chil­dren laugh. Danc­ing. 18. How many lan­guages do you speak? One and a twentieth – I speak about a twentieth of French. 19. What do you love most about where you live? At the mo­ment I live in cen­tral Lon­don and I love the buzz. I do crave the coun­try, though. 20. Do you ex­er­cise? Yes. I go to a great gym; I’m also keen on find­ing YouTube videos and fol­low­ing them. I get bored very quickly, so I choose a dif­fer­ent one each time.

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