Sophie McKenzie: A Self Portrait
Sophie McKenzie Revealed
About Sophie McKenzie
What is your birthdate?:4/21
Previous occupations:Journalist, editor, receptionist, waitress, au pair, tutor, usherette,
Favorite job:Writing stories
High school and/or college:London
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Bob Dylan
Favorite movie:Brief Encounter
Favorite television show:The Sopranos
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Wherever I go, there I am...
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. In passing.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. My son going missing, being seriously hurt or dying.
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. Home
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. I just want to say one more thing...
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Worrying.
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. Playing the piano brilliantly
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. Impatience
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. Trying to do the right thing.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. The Childcatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. Books with unsatisfying endings.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Watching movies, hanging out with my son and spending time with good friends.
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. Composer or artist.
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Kindness. Integrity. Humour.
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Pasta
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. Not Dark Yet, Bob Dylan. Angel, Aretha Franklin. Let It Be, The Beatles. Lose Yourself, Eminem. Shelter from the Storm, Bob Dylan.
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Jane Austen, Anne Tyler,Sebastian Faulks, Sarah Waters, Donna Tartt
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. Persuasion, Jane AustenCharlotte Grey, Sebastian FaulksThe Kingdom by the Sea, Robert WestallThe Secret History, Donna TarttThe Railway Children, E Nesbitt
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Read a lot. Write a lot. Be open to criticism. Keep it simple. Don't give up.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. Will there be a sequel?