Welcome to the first of my author interviews featuring authors taking part in the Literature and Book Fayre, part of the Lazzmatazz 2019 festival. I first met Angela last year when we both had a table at a book fair in the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. It was a really warm day, and we took turns minding each others tables so we could nip outside for a breath of air! She writes delightful children’s stories, beautifully illustrated, perfect as gifts for boys and girls.
Welcome Angela! Lovely to have you here. Let’s get started…
How do you write? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as
you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?
I generally have a good idea/plan of the overall story, but things always change! With my WIP the characters just will not do what they’re told and keep challenging my plans for them!
It’s always exciting though, isn’t it? Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?
I’ve never been able to stick to a fixed time for writing, it’s when the mood takes me. I might go days without writing a word, and then suddenly I’ll have a few days where I can write up to ten hours a day. I used to love having my cat on my desk, but sadly she’s no longer with me and her son prefers the garden. Apart from that, the only ‘quirk’ I have is that I only write with a pencil, until it’s time to move on to the computer.
I love a pencil! So, aside from writing, what makes you tick? Tell us 5 things about yourself we probably don’t know.
Mad about cats – they always seem to know when there’s a vacancy at my place.
Left my blood on the portcullis of Castell Coch, Tongwynlais, when I was about five (lived in the village and often visited. Ran up the drawbridge too quickly, fell and bumped my head.)
Love gardening and cooking.
Absolutely useless at drawing!
I too have a tendency to acquire cats…we have four at the moment! If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you want with you?
On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?
Almost impossible to pick just five (and I’d probably read them too quickly!) but if pushed:
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Classic from my childhood
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos-Ruiz-Zafón. A book about books! Fabulous other-worldly mystery.
Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore. Her last novel. Wonderfully written and thought provoking.
Any of the poetry books of Seamus Heaney. Just love the way he handles words and the pictures he paints with them.
Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolien. What an imagination!
Great choices, though it is hard to pick just five. Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?
I’m with you on that one. His eloquence and affinity with the natural world could be the beginning of saving our planet. What are your current writing projects?
I’ve almost completed the first draft of a novel that explores the nature/nurture question through the lives of two girls who have their sons on the same day. Over the course of the next twenty years, their lives follow different paths but intersect occasionally, as do the lives of the boys. The impact of their backgrounds and experiences shapes much of what they do and the decisions they make but how much of a part does fate/luck play?
I’m also about halfway with a novel for children, which uses myths and legends from around the world, and moves between the ‘real world’ and a magical one. Essentially, it’s about making friends, bullying, the transition from junior to senior school, and the relationship between the heroine and her grandmother, who supports her on her quest. Oh, and of course, it has cats!
You’ve been busy! They both sound great. To finish, do share your published work.
Ben and the Spider Gate (Book Guild)
Ben and the Spider Prince “
Ben and the Spider Lake “
The Captain’s Favourite Treasure (Matador)
Hard copies via my website: www.angela-fish.com
Ebooks via Troubador bookstore: https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/
Thank you so much for joining me, Angela. Been lovely to chat and finding out more about you and your writing. See you in Llandovery on the 2nd!