Marcia Jarnell was born in Lancashire. She studied German at London University. After completing a bilingual secretarial diploma, she moved to Germany, returning to the UK following the birth of her son. She has lived in Scotland for the last 20 years, working with computers and dreaming of living somewhere less wet. Marcia blogs at Lizzy's Literary Life.
Why do you blog? > It's my literary notebook. Online so that I don't lose it.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Being awarded a Gold View Award – it felt good.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > I haven't had a bad blogging experience and long may it stay that way.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Just enjoy!
What are you reading at the moment? > Vanessa and Virginia by Susan Sellers (for the Not the TV Book Group) and The Tin Drum by Günter Grass (for the fourth time).
What is the best novel you've ever read? > War and Peace.
What is your favourite movie? > Kenneth Branagh's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > I was once an atheist.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > The Bible. The short answer is that I discovered much more than I bargained for.
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be Prime Minister, who would you choose? > It's not a job I'd wish on anyone.
What would you do with the UN? > Unite them?
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > If in doubt, don't.
What do you worry about? > I refuse to worry – life sends enough unscheduled stress my way as it is.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Forgiveness.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Dishonesty.
What is your favourite proverb? > In memory of my mum: 'There's nowt so queer as folk.'
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Discussing football results.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > The unfortunate answer to that is so many things...
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > Somewhere warm and sunny and dry.
What would your ideal holiday be? > I'm fortunate enough to have experienced it – a three-week tour through the Canadian Rockies. Completely magical.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Reading, blogging, knitting and travelling.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? > Lizzy?
What talent would you most like to have? > I'd love to be able to draw.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Tour guide.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > Tommy Cooper.
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > That the diet's successful this time around.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > The first purchase would be a one-way ticket to Munich.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > I'm opting for a girls' night in: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elizabeth Siddal and Marilynne Robinson.
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