Tuesday Chit Chats: The Romaniac Cut.
I have four questions today – instantly The Two Ronnies sketch comes to mind – you know the one? Fork Handles…It’s a bit like that at Romaniac HQ…Anyway, I digress. Mid-February will see the first anniversary of The Romaniac Blog, and that has put me in a reflective mood. Looking back through our Tuesday Chit Chats, I’ve chosen four questions we asked our wonderful guests, whilst they supped wine and ate HobNobs, that I’d like to put to you.
- Is there a book you wished you had written?
- Who are your top three favourite fictional characters?
- How vividly do you recall your dreams and are they in colour?
- What are the funniest and most interesting or unusual questions you’ve been asked at a talk or book signing?
I haven’t read Fifty shades of Grey, but I certainly wish I’d written it. I could have easily got used to lugging sacks of lucre to the bank! As to both parts of your question, though, I’ve loved many novels over the years, but I don’t think that I’ve ever consciously wished that I’d written one of them myself. I have too much fun creating my own fictional world ever to wish that I’d created that of someone else.
Name three favourite fictional heroes?
That’s really hard – I’ve read so many books! I’m going to go for a fictional heroine first.
1) Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.
I studied the book for English at school and the empathy and maturity that Scout shows towards Boo Radley, and the journey she goes on in coming to terms with people’s prejudices and realising that both good and evil exist really struck me… and stayed with me.
2) And then to the other extreme…Rupert Campbell-Black in Riders and sequels
I read the books when I was in my late teens. I know RC-B is supposed to be the ultimate anti-hero but he is so sexy and such a bad boy! He does have some redeeming features though, that start to slowly come out once he meets Taggie, who becomes his wife. I liked the fact that love made him a better man, without it changing him too much; he’s still a bit of a scoundrel!
3) And slightly predictable; Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice
Just because she is strong minded and witty and is not afraid to say what she thinks, which for the time the novel is set in, was brave.
Sometimes very vividly, but only in snatches. I’ve never been able to work out if my dreams are in colour or whether I just paint colour in when I’m recalling them. I’m subject to nightmares, which may be a reason why I don’t like reading or watching anything scary – it comes back get me that night!
Apart from ‘why have you got your pants on your head?’ People don’t often ask me questions. They are usually accelerating away too quickly, although a lady did ask, during a recent talk, about the use of the subjunctive in modern novels. THAT was interesting… Mostly though, questions are limited to ‘where do you get your ideas from?’ and ‘who is the responsible adult who is currently in charge of you?’
You can link back to the original interviews by clicking on the author’s name.
Now, how would you answer those four questions?