Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I wrote my first play when I was eight. I loved reading Enid Blyton, Louisa M. Allcott, Mark Twain and R.L. Stevenson. Their exciting and moving adventures made me think that I wanted to enjoy writing stories, too.
Q: How did you come up with your story?
I was in Sherwood Forest (yes, Robin Hood Country), with my 3-year-old great niece, Joni-Pip, whom I adored and my first grandbaby of six weeks was lying in her Moses Basket in the corner. Joni-Pip kept looking anxiously at the new baby and I could see she was a little jealous, so I cuddled her and told her that I would write a book especially for her so that she would know that how ever many grandbabies I had, I would always love her just as much. Ten years later I had finally finished a full-blown Children’s Adventure!
Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
I would like to try to be an artist, I think this is almost as enjoyable as writing.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
When I was a student in Paris, I was given my first taste of alcohol. In a cafe in Montmartre, some boys wanted to get me drunk. I drank a botttle and a half of white wine. When I went outside and the air hit me I found myself upside down in a dustbin (trash can), with fish bones, egg shells, food and my vommit, beautifully entangled in my bountiful hair.
It took me four days to get it all out and I have never touched alcohol since, the mere thought reminds me of the smell of that fishy cocktail which lingered for days. I didn’t even have a drink at my own wedding!
(My mother was elated)!
Q: Favorite genres to read?
History/Historical Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Noir, Sci Fi/Fantasy
Q: What are your pet peeves?
People who humiliate their partners or children publicly (or privately).
People who talk authoritatively about things they know nothing about.
Bits of loo roll on public loo floors (yuk).
People who admire fake body parts…what is that all about?
Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
There is quite a lot of stuff on the joni-pip website: www.joni-pip.com