Hi, Jane. Congratulations on the success of your recent release: How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates, described as: "...filled with heat and emotion of the very best kind, a true explosion of the senses."
Nice! But before we get back to your book, tell me, who would be your ideal man?
And I thought you liked everything Vintage, Jane? ;-) Let me see...
How's that? Maybe a little older, but not bad, eh?
Oh, I remember getting separated from my friends at a beach party, missing my lift home, and getting in huge trouble for that. Beach party makes it sound too glamorous. Think dirty sand dunes, iron-grey sea, and a howling gale, and you’ll get the picture. I think I’d gone to take refuge in a nearby house. I had to ring up my friend’s mother next morning, and apologise for all the trouble I’d caused.
LOL Jane Linfoot, I'm shocked! ;-) - Sounds like a typical teenage nightmare to me. But I bet you didn't drink, or anything as bad as that.
The first time the room spun when I went to bed, I’d been drinking cider, and I still can’t stand apple-based alcohol.
I'm covering my ears!
After that, sadly, I have to admit I spent a lot of my teenage social years with my head down a toilet, as I was the one who always threw up. It probably had something to do with the fact we’d worked out vodka and lime was much less expensive if we bought the vodka in large bottles, and I think we economised further, and didn’t bother with the lime. I can still recall the hard, shiny, chill, of porcelain on my cheekbone.
the truth I was such a cheap date. The most I ever managed in one evening was 5 pints of *shouting* CIDER, the last 2 being out of a saucepan, because we'd run out of glasses. It was my 21st birthday. I'm on the floor, these days, after just one! * Not actually Jane in the picture :-) *
Moving away from your corrupting influence ;-) what sort of job did you want to have when you started out at high school?
When I was five I got a Doctors Bag and instruments for Christmas, so I spent a lot of my childhood wearing a stripy apron, performing make-believe surgery on my younger sisters and our friends. But I think by the time I’d reached the age of eleven my medical ambitions had moved on, and I wanted to be a fashion designer.
Very wise choice.
A friend and I did a topic book at school, and in a week we produced three hundred pages of outfit designs. We thought the teacher would be speechless with awe, at our achievement. In fact his jaw did drop, but I seem to remember he told us off for wasting paper.
What can I say? Some people have no taste.
Okay, so what about your best 3 books from your childhood/teenage years?
I devoured Enid Blyton’s books, especially the Famous Five, and after I read the Mallory Towers books I pestered my mum for years to send me to boarding school.
I did that too. But mine was after watching something on TV!
I also loved K.M Peyton’s Flambards books.
Discovering Colette’s books as a teenager was a total thrill. Deliciously explicit, beautiful prose, inspirational, and probably what first made me think about writing. I loved that she’d earned enough to become independent of her husband.
Jane's book is available to buy now in e-book format and you can buy it here at http://amzn.to/175vMNR for the US and http://amzn.to/19axrXZ for the UK.
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