Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Quickfire Questions with ... Fiona Robyn... + PRIZE DRAW

Fiona Robyn's debut novel, The Letters, was published on March 2 by Snowbooks. Fiona lives in rural Hampshire with her partner, her cats Silver and Fatty, and her vegetable patch. She blogs at Planting Words and A Small Stone and runs the blogzine A Handful of Stones. Her website is http://www.fionarobyn.com/.
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WIN A COPY OF THE LETTERS! Thanks to Fiona and Snowbooks, we have a signed copy of The Letters to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post – names will go into a hat and the lucky winner will be announced on Sunday. (The Strictly Writers aren't allowed to win - sorry!)

ABOUT THE LETTERS: Violet Ackerman has drifted through a career, four children and a divorce without ever knowing who she is or what she wants. She starts receiving letters, written in 1959 by a young pregnant woman in a mother and baby home. Who is sending them, and why?

To buy The Letters, visit Amazon or Snowbooks.



And now for Fiona's Quickfire Questions ...

The first story/poem I remember reading was ...
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – a classic.

My family think my writing is ...
something they feel proud about.

The best thing about writing novels is ...
Getting to spend time with my characters.

The worst thing about writing novels is ...
First drafts, yuk.

Longhand first or computer? ...
My lovely blue laptop.

When I run out of ideas I ...
try not to worry and get on with something else instead.

Ideas come to me when ....
I’m on trains or driving.

My advice to new writers would be ...
to enjoy it and to develop your resilience.

Three authors (dead or alive) I'd like to invite to dinner are ...
Raymond Carver, Anne Lammot and Roald Dahl.

My favourite writing snack is ...
Oreos.

The best book I've read during the last three months is ...
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
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Thanks, Fiona!

13 comments:

Julie P said...

My four yr old daughter loves that caterpillar book (so do I?!) It's fantastic.

Katy said...

Laptops always sound so glamorous when somebody mentions them. My great clumsy fingers stab at the little picky keys and I'm always pressing the CAPS LOCK button by mistake so that it ends up looking as if I've WRiTtEN a pOIsOn PEn lEtTEr.

"The Letters" sounds great. Congratulations Fiona :-)

Katy

JJ Beattie said...

Our English language bookshop (I'm in Thailand) is doing a promotion at the moment of Eric Carle books. They really are fantastic.

The Letters sounds brilliant.

Samantha Tonge said...

Sounds like a fab book.

Hmm, i've recently discovered Oreos...

CarolineG said...

Yes, I think the book sounds brill too. Thanks Fiona :-)

Caroline R said...

The book does sound really good - in particular the main character, Violet, appeals to me.

I keep seeing Oreos on the supermarket shelves but have managed to resist their lure so far... probably not for long, though!

Roderic Vincent said...

Yes please.

Gillian McDade said...

OOOh Oreos! And I have the recipe for the buns ;)

Thank you Fiona! And congrats on the book.

garyFen said...

I don't know about you but whenever ideas come to me I've never got pen and notebook handy!
I must be more organised!

Samantha Tonge said...

I'm the same Gary. I often get ideas in bed and if i don't get out to write them down, they are long gone by morning!

Dee Weaver said...

What on earth are/is Oreos? I feel a trip to the supermarket coming on...

Samantha Tonge said...

Yummy choc biscuits with cream in the middle - you're supposed to twist, lick and then dunk them:)

Nice to see you hear, Dee:)

Caroline R said...

The prize draw is now closed and we have a winner - congrats to Julie P. Julie, please could you email me at caro_rance (at) hotmail dot com with your address? Thanks!