Friday, 1 March 2013

INTERVIEW - Author of Divorce for Beginners - Sophie King

Welcome to my interview with Sophie King, Author of my recent review book "Divorce for Beginners"

Welcome Sophie! Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions.
1. What Inspired you to write Divorce for Beginners?
My own divorce. It showed me how important it was to have support to get you through those dark times. It also showed me that divorce can help you blossom in ways you didn't imagine. You meet new friends and encounter different circumstances which can strengthen you.
2.What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book? 
About two. I still have it. It's Alice In Wonderland and I'm ashamed to say I wrote my name over the first page!
3. What genre of books do you enjoy reading?
Intelligent contemporaries with a twist. However, I often dip into Victorian and Edwardian literature too. I’m also reading Our Island’s Story which is a book I adored as a child. My husband got me a copy because my old one went missing. It’s a great resume of British history.
4.  I know I  have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?
There are too many to pick just one. However, I love Maggie O’Farrell and Salley Vickers. I enjoy them because each writer keeps you on your toes! The characters can be a bit wacky which is great. I also love Jane Austen because of her wry sense of humour and George Eliot because she makes me cry. My best New Year’s Eve was during my twenties when my first husband was ill with flu and we couldn't go out. I sat up in bed with The Mill on the Floss and finished it at the stroke of 12 in tears. Wonderful – although I did feel sorry for my then husband.
5.  If you knew in advance you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what 4 books would you take with you?
The Bible (my faith is important to me). The complete works of Somerset Maugham. Palgrave’s Golden Treasury. The complete works of George Eliot.
6.  Do you have any pets to keep you company whilst you’re writing?
Yes. My dog. He’s sleeping on the sofa behind me right now. In fact, he has an uncanny knack of knowing when I’m about to reach the end of a chapter. Then he knows it’s time for a walk on the beach!
7.What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?
 My taste buds seem to be changing at the moment (and no – I’m not pregnant!). I love fresh fruit and yoghurt in the morning; home- made soup at lunchtime; and Marmite toast in the evening or salmon on crispbread.

For a copy of the book, please click here
For my review of the book, please click here

About the Author
Sophie King (also writing as Janey Fraser) is a journalist and novelist. She has had seven novels published, including The School Run (2005), which was a best-seller, and The Wedding Party (2010), which was short listed for the RNA Love Story of The Year. Her first short story collection, Tales from the Heart, is now available and her latest novel, Divorce For Beginners, is published in August 2012.

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