HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Gaynor from One Glass is Never Enough because she's a thinner, prettier version of me, Cari from Raising the Roof because she is a bit like how I was once and Ben from the same book because he's huge and sexy.
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
I loathe and detest milk and I gave up coffee about six years ago. Mainly because I drank so much it made me jittery and brought me out in blotches. Now I cannot manage without gallons of green tea with lemon. And good white wine....
4. What else can you do besides write?
Sadly, I have never learnt to play the spoons. Or the guitar, or the piano.
I have also singularly failed to acquire fluent French or Spanish - to my
eternal regret. What I can do is talk a lot, dance on the table, sing when
three sheets to the wind, make good mashed potato, reverse-park into tiny
spaces, attract dodgy-looking blokes and manage to spend the entire day
emailing despite having deadlines coming out of my ears. Oh and I did my own
illustrations for Wannabe a Writer? (after a fashion...)
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
From everything's that's ever happened to me. As I explain in Wannabe a
Writer? a big turning point for me came when my son - aged 2 - locked me in
a cupboard! I discovered then that everything, but everything can be put to
good use. All my fiction, all my articles, have been born from real-life scenarios. And the more you look at life that way, the more inspiration you will find.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
Egg sandwiches, good crisps (chips to you? :-)), dry white wine and salad.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
Exercise is a terrific cure-all. Love walking along the beach, running not too far, playing tennis (badly), badminton (ditto) and swimming in a warm sea.
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Anything soft and lyrical, haunting and melodic. Songs with great words. White Ladder by David Gray is my perfect album. Also Norah Jones, Irish Folk Music, The Beatles, Chris Rhea, Bob Dylan, the list is endless and eclectic - how long have you got?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Jane Wenham-Jones published her first novel in 2000. Since then she has sold eight books, including one on the craft of writing, Wanna Be a Writer?