Richard and Judy ask Sophie McKenzie

Richard and Judy ask Sophie McKenzie

How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

Wherever I go, there I am…

What is your motto or maxim?

A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.

How would you describe perfect happiness?

In passing.

What’s your greatest fear?

My son going missing, being seriously hurt or dying.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

Home

What are your most overused words or phrases?

I just want to say one more thing…

What do you regret most?

Worrying.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Playing the piano brilliantly

What’s your greatest flaw?

Impatience

What’s your best quality?

Trying to do the right thing.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

The Childcatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Books with unsatisfying endings.

What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

Watching movies, hanging out with my son and spending time with good friends.

What’s your fantasy profession?

Composer or artist.

What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

Kindness. Integrity. Humour.

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

Pasta

What are your 5 favorite songs?

Not Dark Yet, Bob Dylan. Angel, Aretha Franklin. Let It Be, The Beatles. Lose Yourself, Eminem. Shelter from the Storm, Bob Dylan.

On Books and Writing

Who are your favorite authors?

Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, Sebastian Faulks, Sarah Waters, Donna Tartt

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Persuasion, Jane Austen; Charlotte Grey, Sebastian Faulks; The Kingdom by the Sea, Robert Westall; The Secret History, Donna Tartt; The Railway Children, E Nesbitt

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Read a lot. Write a lot. Be open to criticism. Keep it simple. Don’t give up.

What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

Will there be a sequel?

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