Angela Young was born in Sydney in 1951, but came to the UK (by boat) when she was one year old. She has lived in London most of her life and completed an MA in Writing at Middlesex university in 2001. She has written and read fiction all her life: short stories for children were published in Cricket and Spider in the US; BBC Books published Angela's 30,000-word ending to Edith Wharton's unfinished novel The Buccaneers in 1995; and Speaking of Love, her first novel, was published by Beautiful Books in paperback in February 2008. Angela blogs at Writing, Life and the Universe.
Why do you blog? > To give my fiction a forum and to find out how people react to it; to be inspired by what other bloggers are reading and writing and to keep a log of ideas, thoughts, inspirations and notes about what makes my writing tick (or not). My blog is also a reliable place to file all those stray pieces of prose and poetry that I discover or stumble over and would otherwise lose in phenomenal piles of paper. And, of course, it's a displacement activity.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Simon Thomas's review of Speaking of Love in August 2007.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Keep your posts short, to the point, regular and funny if you are naturally funny, and break up the text with photographs, drawings or illustrations. Discover and visit other blogs a lot – you can begin with the blogs on other bloggers' blogrolls - and revisit the ones you like often and leave comments so that the blogging conversations stay alive.
What are you reading at the moment? > The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng.
Who are your cultural heroes? > Virginia Woolf; William Shakespeare; Mozart; Rachmaninov; William Golding; Keith Jarrett; Ella Fitzgerald; Rose Tremain; John Fowles.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles.
What is your favourite poem? > 'The Poet' by George Mackay Brown.
What is your favourite movie? > Brief Encounter by David Lean (and Noel Coward).
What is your favourite song? > 'It Ain't Necessarily So' by Ira and George Gershwin.
Who is your favourite composer? > Rachmaninov.
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be Prime Minister, who would you choose? > I'd like to have said John Fowles, but as he's no longer with us, I'll go for Doris Lessing.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > Fanatic, blinkered literalism, particularly when attached to the books and beliefs of religious faiths.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Say what you feel before the opportunity passes you by.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Generosity of spirit.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Cruelty.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > To save a life.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > I've never attempted to understand, let alone warm to, any sport ever at all.
What is your favourite proverb? > 'Ars longa, vita brevis.'
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Reading newspapers.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Time - as in: how much is left?
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > Be kinder more often.
What would you call your autobiography? > Is that all there is?
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > Debra Winger.
What would your ideal holiday be? > Time for museums, galleries and to discover the history of the place and its people; time to read fiction; time to laze and dream and drink and eat well, preferably somewhere warm, probably not too far from a sea, with my boyf.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Staring through the window, dreaming, engaging in stimulating conversation, eating and drinking well, reading, going to the movies, theatre, opera... with those I love.
What is your most treasured possession? > Can I have two? My very comfortable bed and my absolutely essential computer (or vice versa).
What talent would you most like to have? > A beautiful singing voice.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > I'd stop editing and proofreading for a living and write full-time. I'd also give a lot of the money away to those who need it.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Sergei Rachmaninov, John Fowles and William Shakespeare.
What animal would you most like to be? > A sleek, lithe black cat with green eyes.
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