What kind of childhood did you have, and how did it contribute to your love of writing?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you, and what other books did you like as you grew?
Around 8 years of age, I read Charlotte’s Web which intrigued me and Watership Down which made me think deeply. When I was about 9, I read the Hobbit and the Middle Earth concept excited me. My first Time Travel novel was, Charlotte Sometimes, a book my sister gave me to read about a young girl who went to sleep in a boarding school only to awaken as a different girl forty years ago during World War II. It was a short story but I believe it had a big impact on my imagination. My first book, Rhuddlan had a similar theme although my character woke in Medieval Wales.
At 13 my family had begun to get obsessed reading Stephen Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Convenant which were stories about a man who was a modern day leper who was transported to another dimension where he was considered a saviour, and I savoured each and every book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote, and the impact it had on you?
I never finished this book, hand-writing only 100 A4 pages, but it was a wonderful introduction to writing and an inspiration to write other adventures. Eventually a couple of years later I started editing this book and used the family typewriter. Each time I edited, each time I would cast aside the writing style in favour of a new one as I developed.
Was there anyone who influenced your writing as a child?
When did you start writing properly?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What is your writing process?
Describe your desk
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What are your twelve favourite books?
The series is introduced in her story ‘Fire Watch’ written in 1982 in which University students/historians conduct field work by travelling into the past as observers. The research is conducted at the University of Oxford, in the late-21st century England.
Book 1, Doomsday Book – The university sends Kivrin to the beginning of the Black Plague in Northern England instead of after.
Book 2, Blackout – (My favourite book) Michael Davies, Merope Ward and Polly Churchill are stranded in 1940 during the Blitz of World War II.
Book 3, All Clear – is the sequel to Blackout.
I adore reading Connie Willis books because she transports the reader to the desired time period and beautifully illustrates the day to day life as though really there and which is very believable. The addition of Time Travel is quite exciting also.
3) The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien. The Hobbit…what can I say? A most outstanding plot and adventure in a most remarkable and ingenious world.
4) A Traveller in Time, by Alison Uttley – an amazing, amazingly detailed book which chronicles the life of a young girl sent to a remote, ancient farmhouse; ‘Thackers’ to stay with her Aunt and as she wanders the house, finds herself wandering in and out of the sixteenth century to join the lives of the Babington family, and watching helplessly as tragic events bring danger to her friends and the downfall of their heroine Mary, Queen of Scots.
7) Harry Potter series, by J.K Rowling. I loved the magic and the absolute adventure in every single book.