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Tuesday 8 January 2013

12 Curly Questions with author Mark Sommerset

The following answers are by Mark. Rowan asserts that she had nothing to do with these responses. 

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
In my alone time I often entertain myself by singing wildly inappropriate lyrics to popular songs.

2. What is your nickname?
Smithee (or Herman - depending on the state of my hair).

3. What is your greatest fear?
Life without freedom of choice.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Less is more, more or less.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Cheeky, curious, fastidious, philosophical, undisciplined (yep - that's a positive too).

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Tom Bombadil - joyful, quick-witted, care-free, magnanimous, mysterious, magical. He also has a deep, compelling voice - quite unlike mine, sadly.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I'd travel to the year of my death and ask myself what I would do more of.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Wanna play?

9. Who is your greatest influence?
Rowan. [Ed: awwww!]

10. What/who made you start writing?
Nothing and no-one in particular. I just started at a young age (8) and have enjoyed it ever since.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Sausage - because it works on so many levels.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would you read?
The Never-ending Story? (hee-haw) . . . Nah, I guess The Little Prince or The Hobbit.

Mark and Rowan Sommerset's hilarious book Baa Baa Smart Sheep is out now! You can see a review of this and also I Love Lemonade, right here.

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