One Minute With: Dorothy Koomson
Friday 19 February 2010
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in my living room, and from there I can see the sea.
What are you currently reading?
I'm about to start Running Wild and The Voices of Time by JG Ballard.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you like her/him
JG Ballard. He had an incredible imagination – very few people can put the depth and passion into characterisation and plot that he did. He was also master of the twist-in-the-tale ending.
Describe the room where you usually write
I write on my laptop or notebook on the sofa in the living room or in bed. Both rooms have white walls, beige carpet, bright and red rugs.
What distracts you from writing?
Another idea for another book and deciding I've just got to start writing it there and then.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
A while back I would have said Miss Marple, now I'd probably say Little Bo Peep – substituting "time" for sheep.
What are your readers like when you meet them?
They're always very nice and friendly, and chatty. Sometimes it feels like I know them or they know me. Even the people who don't generally like my type of books are friendly.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
If you'd asked me years ago I would have said Oprah [Winfrey] because seeing her show one day when I was off sick inspired me to leave my job and work freelance. In that time I started the book that would become The Cupid Effect and started my career as a published author. I haven't seen Oprah's show in three years – since I left Australia. So, now, I genuinely don't know.
Dorothy Koomson's 'The Ice Cream Girls' is published by Sphere
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- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 3 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 4 How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential
- 5 Chinese theme park sets up 'death simulator' where volunteers can experience being cremated
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils