I’m so glad that Carys has taken part in Smash Lits. She wrote one of my favourite books of the year, “A Song For Issy Bradley” which has been widely praised and is now on the prestigious shortlist of the 2014 Costa First Book Prize. Yay Carys! Anyway, without further ado:
1) Ian is described as “Superman in a Burton suit” – who would you be?
That is such a good question – argh! I would be Bibliogirl in an origami dress.
Ooh, I love that!
2) Do you have any recurring dreams?
Yes, and they’re both horrible! One involves my teeth falling out and the other involves a school reunion and the sudden realisation that I’m not wearing enough clothes.
3) Have you ever seen a ghost?
No (and I don’t believe in them).
4) What’s your favourite sweet?
I love Thornton’s Viennese truffles, yum.
5) Who is your favourite Neighbours character?
I haven’t watched Neighbours for years. Erm, Libby Kennedy!
6) What’s your most vivid childhood memory?
I remember a whole school assembly in which I had to stand up and receive a dressing down for being late for school that morning. I absolutely wasn’t late – my mum was probably the most organised parent in the universe, I don’t think I was ever late for school – and I was only four. By that evening I was covered in hives and my mum was furious.
7) Do you believe human beings can spontaneously combust?
Not spontaneously, no.
8) What colour is Tuesday?
Oh, that’s easy, orange.
9) What is your favourite swear?
I didn’t swear for the first 30 years of my life because swearing was a sin, so I’m a late developer. I quite like near-miss swears, like twunt and nucking-futter.
I adore twunt, it’s such a satisfying word.
10) Tofu VS Bacon. Who wins? Why?
Bacon. The bacony smell is one of the best smells ever. In fact, I think they should make bacon perfume.
Carys, they do make bacon perfume – lookit.
11) What is the picture on your wall?
I have a picture of ruby slippers and ‘There’s no place like home.’
12) What was the last text you sent?
A text telling son 3 that no, I couldn’t bring his drum sticks and music book to school because I was on a train to Liverpool.
13) How do you organise your book shelves?
I used to organise them by colour but the kids teased me so much that I changed them and now I’ve got short stories in one place and novels/favourite novels, poetry etc. elsewhere.
14) Who would play the character of Claire in the film of your book?
Suranne Jones because she’s a great actress, she’s northern and I think she’d be brilliant at the harried/resigned combo.
15) You are wallpaper. What is your pattern?
Something flocked in red. My violin teacher used to have this amazing red, velvety wallpaper and I remember stroking it as I waited for my lesson to start.
16) Have you ever read someone else’s diary?
Yes. My mum has written in a diary every day since I was born and I sneaked a peek a few times when I was a teenager (I’m pretty sure she returned the favour, so it’s all good).
17) What is your most vivid childhood memory?
I think this is a trick question – it’s one of those memory tests to make sure I can remember the vivid childhood memory I described in answer to number 6!
18) What sandwiches would you make for a picnic with Margaret Atwood?
I did a little research (because who wouldn’t, if they were going on a picnic with Margaret Atwood) and discovered that she doesn’t answer questions about favourite foods, colours etc. because she has a hard time deciding favourites. I remember reading that she took the Veggie Vows during the tour of The Year of the Flood, so I’d do Greek salad wraps
19) What is your Book of the Year?
Probably All My Puny Sorrows, which I first read about on your blog!
It is stunning isn’t it. So glad you read about it here *chuffed*
20) What question should I have asked you?
I like the questions you asked. It was a relief not to be asked about novel 2 and Mormonism – thank you!