Here at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, I am very happy and honored to have the wonderful Liz Trenow, author of the fabulous The Last Telegram and The Poppy Factory visit today. I want to thank Liz for taking the time out of her busy schedule to have a quick chat with me.
Reading Chick : Hi Liz, Thank you for chatting with me today. Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Liz : Determined. Focussed. Optimistic. Curious. Family-loving.
Reading Chick : I think those are some really great trait’s to have, If you could live in any era and place, when and where would it be?
Liz : Today, UK (I’d be tempted by 18th century Spitalfields, East London – the setting for my next novel, out in January 2017, but I’d hate the fact that women weren’t able to have a profession of their own, that the class system was so rigid and there even was so much poverty and unemployment at that time – and no welfare system).
Reading Chick : Who was your childhood hero?
Liz : Olga Korbut, the 14 year old Russian gymnast who won gold at the Olympics in the 1970s. But then I learned about how those young gymnasts were drilled and closeted away from real life, so I have since changed my mind.
Reading Chick : What is your favorite time of the year?
Liz : June – when all the trees are newly greened and wild flowers are at their very best.
Reading Chick : June is wonderful isn’t it? Out of all your work who is your favorite character and why?
Liz : Probably Lily in The Last Telegram because that book is so close to my family history. But Anna in my forthcoming novel, The Silk Weaver, is a very close second.
Reading Chick : What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Liz : 1. Persevere – write something every day. 2. Read widely. 3. Only write if you are passionate about it (you are unlikely to make a living at it!)
Reading Chick : If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, dead or alive)
Liz : Jane Austen (of course!)Rose Tremain (an author who inspired me to write historical fiction) Alice Munro (Canadian writer of the most delicious short stories)
Reading Chick : Thank you so much for for taking the time chat with me today. I have one more sneaky question, just for fun. . .What is your all time favorite naughty but nice food?
Liz : Chocolate mousse, made with dark, dark chocolate.
To find out more about Liz and her work then visit her website : Liz Trenow