One author hoping to take the crown is Rosamund Lupton, who recently published her fourth novel, Three Hours. Having worked previously as a screen writer, her first novel, Sister, was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into over 30 languages. We caught up with Rosamund to get to know her a little bit better…
What’s your favourite tipple for enjoying with a book?
I think I should probably say Theakston Old Peculier (especially as I have family near Masham in the Yorkshire Dales who are great fans!) But I’m a coffee or wine reader.
Where are you most likely to have that creative “eureka” moment?
For me it’s in that strange landscape when you’re falling asleep. It’s as if your subconscious has been working away on a problem or an idea and it’s only when your active mind is switched off for the day that it has a chance to be noticed. I found out the other day that the name for the twilight world between consciousness and sleep is ‘hypnagogia’ and has been described by writers and thinkers for thousands of years. I have my mobile next to my bed to write down an idea, or if its more complex I go to my computer, as experience has taught me that I won’t remember it the next day.
If you could be any character in a book, who would it be?
Gandalf from ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ He’s brilliant, courageous, wise and of course has astonishing wizard powers.
What’s the most “Peculier” situation you’ve found yourself in while researching a story?
I had to go onto the dark net to research ‘Three Hours’ and found myself putting a grenade launcher into my virtual basket (clearly I didn’t check it out.) The online shop I’d done before was for Whiskers kitten food.
Do you think you have what it takes to commit the perfect crime?
No I’d be terrible. I am a useless liar, have no poker face and am not good at keeping secrets. I would cave under pressure and confess immediately.
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