Interview with Jayne LyonsOctober, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
JL: Busy, fun, chaotic happy. Working, mothering, writing, socializing.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
JL: Make your dream as fantastic as you can, have no limits, so that when it comes true, you haven't wasted it.
What Readers want to know...
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
JL: Spiders!!! Even thinking about them makes me feel ill. Esepcially hard living in Australia. untsman spiders. They say don’t be scared if it bites, they aren’t poisonous. Hello!!!! I would die of heart attack, it doesn’t need to poison me!
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
JL: In Britain with my two sisters. I miss them so much.
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
JL: Jane Austen. I could imagine spending hours with her, discussing all the ridiculous absurdities one meets in life.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
JL: Nelson Mandela.
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
JL: It's not my fault! (It always is though)
SS: What do you regret most?
JL: Never knowing my father - he died when I was 5 weeks old.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
JL: To be able to play a musical instrument. I never had the opportunity to learn and it is an amazing and mysterious skill to me.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
JL: Having raised a beautiful, popular, happy and charming daughter
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
JL: Impatience. Makes me irritable sometimes.
SS: What’s your best quality?
JL: Sense of humour. I love to laugh and seem to be able to make others laugh too.
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
JL: I would be an X-Man and my power would be to move objects without touching them.
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
JL: Inability to take anything too seriously.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
JL: Freddy Lupin of course. He's hilarious - always saying exactly teh wrong thing, so full of himself and then it all goes wrong - but you can't help but love him anyway.
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
JL: Queen Elizabeth I. Just how amazing to be a woman so powerful in those times and yet I think she must have been very sad and lonely too. I guess I'd ask her whether or not she truly was in love once and if the throne was worth all her personal sacrifice - but from a distance, just in case she tried to cut my head off.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
JL: Darth Vadar - he's as cool as it gets
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
JL: They change all the time. It drives my family mad - I play the same songs over and over and then ignore them for a year. NOt sure you'll know these but I'll say, How soon is now - The Smiths, I want to be adored - Stone Roses, Dragging me down - Inspiral Carpets, Handbags and Gladrags - Steriophonics, Starlight - Muse
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
JL: Laughing with my family or friends. Laughter is the most important thing to me. I have been the most happy when the silliest things have happened (usually when I am around my sisters or my husband and daughter) and you have that moment when you laugh so much that you cry and your stomach hurts. This can bring happiness even when everything else around you can be going wrong.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
JL: watching great films
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
JL: a 'what not to wear' advisor
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
JL: openness, warmth, integrity
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
JL: hot buttered white toast
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
JL: Precious metal assayist, Geologist
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
JL: Bar tender (while at college)
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
JL: School in Derbyshire England, College in London
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
JL: Dolly Parton
SS: What is your favorite movie?
JL: Lord of the Rings
SS: What is your favorite television show?
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
JL: Jane Austen The Brontes Roddy Doyle Micheal Frayn Thomas Hardy Ian McEwan
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
JL: Persuasion - Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen Paddy Clarke HA HA HA - Roddy Doyle Catch 22 - Joseph Heller Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
JL: Persuasion - makes me cry every time (in a good way)
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
JL: Write a book you would want to read - and never listen to anyone who tells you who can't succeed.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
JL: I totally loved your book!
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