To finish off our UK Apprection Month, we have Joss Stirling here today who answers some of our question, and don't forget to check out the international giveaway too. Thank you for following this month and we hope you enjoyed it!
The ordinary stuff is that I am married with three children and live in Oxford (which I love) but that misses out what makes me tick, doesn’t it? So here’s another approach: if I were a stick of old fashioned seaside rock, I’d have ‘storyteller’ running down my centre.
2) At what age did you write your first book?
I did write a book called The Tapestry Room when I was nine or ten (complete with author illustrated front cover and pictures inside). I still have it somewhere. It was a fantasy story where the characters went through a tapestry but every time you went in the room the picture was a little different or new details had been added.
3) What was your inspiration for writing your book Finding Sky?
I’ve mentioned my daughter – she was a big part of the reason why I wrote it. I was also inspired by a trip we made as a family to Colorado and Las Vegas. We went on the white water rafting trip that features in the book. In my story, Sky ends up overboard; the real outing saw my husband help pull somebody else from another raft out of the river.
4) Are there any parts of the story you feel particularly close to?
An interesting question and I’m not sure how to answer it. As it is a first person narrative, Sky lived in my mind telling me these things about her, so everything was under the skin, so to speak. I do have some favourite moments, as when she rejects Zed. I don’t like books where the falling in love happens with the heroine seemingly losing her capacity to think and question.
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UK related Questions:
1) Where is your favourite place?
Iona – an island off the west coast of mainland Scotland. It has a special feeling to it – a long history of Celtic spirituality. The light seems to have a different quality there, picking out the colours of the landscape with the eye of an impressionist painter.
2) What is your favourite thing about living here?
I love England, particularly my little bit of it in Oxford. I like the sense of history, community and beautiful countryside and buildings. I’ve travelled a lot and lived abroad; it is true what they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Walking in Tanzania I remember thinking the red earth rejected my feet – I was an alien there; in my city, I walk softly and completely at home.
3) Is there one place you would like to visit, that you haven’t yet?
I’ve never visited the very north of Scotland so that would be my goal.
4) Do you have a favourite British band?
I’m playing Coldplay at the moment. I really liked what they did at the closing ceremony for the Paralympics so have been listening to them since.
5) Do you have a favourite British movie?
Billy Elliot – a fantastic film and the acting is so moving. Jamie Bell is incredible.
6) Do you have a favourite British actor/actress?
Other than Jamie Bell? James McAvoy is very watchable but we have such a depth of talent it is hard to choose. Alan Rickman is another favourite. Oh and Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Judi Dench…
7) When you think of Britain, what is the first thing you think of?
8) Which place in Britain would you most like to live other than where they do live?
9) What's your favourite British saying?
Response to international/person crisis – ‘Right, I’ll just go and put the kettle on.’
How would you like to win a copy of any of Joss Stirling's books? You can choose between, Finding Sky, Stealing Phoenix or Seeking Crystal!
- Just comment below with your email address and which book you would like.
- Ends 24th December
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