I found this list of questions on Suzy Turner's Blog and thought it would be fun to answer them myself so we can get to know each other better.
So feel free to copy and paste and answer them yourself and leave the link in the comments below:) Look forward to seeing your answers, here are mine:
Have you ever read a book that made you think 'wow'? If so, what book was it and why did it have such an effect on you?
A lot of books have made me go ‘wow’, especially Diana Gabaldon’s books. But I will go for something more recent here… The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Everything about this story was just so damn intense. It’s set in the midst of World War Two in Russia and it gave me a raw, stark view of what it was like to live during that time. It also showed the incredible power of love and how it can survive the very worst the world has to offer.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Diana Gabaldon has always been my favourite author. I started reading her books when I was 14 years old and have pretty much grown up with them as she adds more books to her Outlander series. I love her writing, her characters are so complex, and I’m a bit of a history nut so the way the story weaves with history is magic.
Who, or what, inspires you?
So many things inspire me. A lot of the time it’s music – I can hear a line from a song and suddenly a whole novel is created in my head in about ten minutes, although I always sleep on my ideas and if it’s still a good idea in the morning, I run with it. Other times it’s the city. People watching in a big city is a great way to form characters in your head.
What was your favourite book as a child?
Go Dog Go by P.D Eastman. I loved this one simply because my dad used to read it to me most nights and I loved the build up. I would get so excited because I knew what the last page was and when we turned to it, we would both yell, “A DOG PARTY!”
Where is your favorite place to write?
In my room, in the dark, with just my dim desk lamp on, and no noise.
What is your favorite film that was based on a book?
I have to be a hopeless romantic girly girl and say The Notebook. I’m a sucker for love stories and Nicholas Sparks sure knows how to make you cry. I love Rachel McAdams, and she played Allie amazingly. The thing I love about the story is how passionate they both are – it’s not all roses and butterflies. They fight, they yell, and they hurt each other, but in the end they’re made for each other.
My favourite quote would have to be this:
Noah: “That's what we do, we fight... You tell me when I am being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell you when you are a pain in the ass. Which you are, ninety-nine per cent of the time. I'm not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a two-second rebound rate, then you're back doing the next pain-in-the-ass thing."
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I am obsessed with the 1960s. I love everything about the era from the hippies to the mods, the fashion, the war, Woodstock, the music, the art, just everything. Especially John Lennon – I’m a huge fan of him and The Beatles.
Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.
There’s a flashy Copthorne Hotel down the street and endless farmland over my back fence… it’s a land of contrasts, is Masterton.