One Minute With: Jenn Ashworth, novelist
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Friday 18 January 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
In the pavilion café in Avenham Park, in Preston. I can see the River Ribble. I like walking in the park and coming in here to have a coffee.
What are you currently reading?
'First Novel' by Nicholas Royle. I got it a few days ago and read it in one gulp. I admired it so much that I wanted to go back and see how it was all put together. The book absolutely enchanted me.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Flannery O'Connor. There's a lot about her work that I don't understand - a lot of ugliness, and she writes about grace. It works extremely powerfully on me.
Describe the room where you usually write
In my bedroom: in bed with my laptop on my knee. Apart from the clutter around my bed it's quite minimalist - there's just a photograph of a tree taken by my husband.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Velma in Scooby-Doo. She has bad dress sense and a curious mind.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Frida Kahlo. I admire her for the pain she had and the way that she worked through it.
Jenn Ashworth's new novel is 'The Friday Gospels' (Sceptre)
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