Read, read, read – I read every second I can and I always have. I started with Enid Blyton and The Magic Faraway series and I still think fondly of Moonface, Saucepan Man and Dame Washalot. I then moved onto Trixie Beldon and Nancy Drew but when I was about 12 I decided that Victoria Holt was the way to go before devouring a series of very violent westerns that featured a gun slinger called Edge. We were always allowed to read whatever Mum and Dad read, they didn’t censor or restrict anything.
I’m willing to give any genre a go but I really don’t like chick lit much at all so tend to give it a miss. I like Harry Bosch, Charlie Parker, Tom Thorne and Jackson Brodie and any other tough sort of cop who’s experienced a bit of tragedy and has a disregard for authority and rules.
Having said that another favourite genre is Young Adult, YA dystopia in particular.
I like a book that doesn’t end well – I can’t stand books that wrap everything up nicely in the end.
My favourite character from a book is Almondine – the dog from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. When I’d finished reading that book I tried to change Betty’s name to Almondine but she wouldn’t be in it. Although Paddington comes a close second – when I was about ten I read a Paddington Bear book which is still the funniest thing I’ve ever read.