Well, obviously I would not wish to antagonise a pack of zombie chickens. A very frightening prospect and, as I suspect they are not organic chickens, it could easily cause riots in Dulwich Village. I shall, therefore, as quickly as I can, pass on this tremendous honour. Who better to receive it than English Mum, who actually keeps chickens and (whisper it softly) also makes a delicious chicken pie? I would also like to award it to Rural Villager, who I’m sure has had a few brushes with chickens in her time, to Exmoor Jane, who has made a fantastic success of country life (unlike a few Mail on Sunday columnists we wouldn’t dream of naming), to Hadriana’s Treasures, who probably lives quite near a chicken or two (see my sure grasp of geography) and, lastly, but not leastly, to the fantabulous Linda, who could eat a live chicken for breakfast and I’m definitely not even going to mention plucking.
It was the lovely Linda her very self who sent me this “Call Yourself a Writer?” meme:
Which words do you use too much in your writing? Well obviously, I over-use obviously, obviously. And, of course, there’s of course, of course.
What’s your favourite piece of writing by you? Would have to be my novel, Hot Chocolate to be published in March in German by the uber-wonderful Ulstein, with the title Schokohertz. I don’t believe I’ve mentioned it for, oh, a month ……other than that, I did do some fabulous interviews when I worked on the Daily Express, though I say so myself.
What’s your favourite piece of writing by someone else? Nothing equals the first naughty sentence of Pride and Prejudice. That Jane Austen, she was a one. Otherwise, anything, any day, by my Disney 7 chums. Six different approaches to life, every single one brilliant.
Regrets, do you have a few? Is there anything you wish you hadn’t written? Oh, gosh, yes. I’m a terror for replying in haste and repenting at leisure. Worst is pressing ‘reply all’. Shudder. And that’s just email. Many, many a text should never, ever have been pinged across to True Love.
How has your writing made a difference? What do you consider your most important piece of writing? If my writing has made a difference (which is a point for debate), maybe occasionally it’s cheered people up when I’ve made a joke that has worked. Someone did once say they’d wet themselves after reading one of my tales and that did give me a very warm glow of pride. I may ask Tena to sponsor me.
Name three favourite words Can I please have four? Serendipity, sussuration, cellar door. …And three words you’re not so keen on ‘But you promised ….’ (accompanied by hours of whining).
Do you have a writing mentor, role model or inspiration? I had a fantastic English teacher at school, Mrs Lindsay, who had very thick, wavy dark hair and quite an air of mystery. I loved the way she would take great bunches of her hair and throw it behind her to emphasise a point. I’ve modelled myself on her ever since, with absolutely no success at all.
What’s your writing ambition? To finish my second novel and get both books published in the UK.