Feature: 20 Random Questions with…..Bryony Pearce

20 Random Questions is a feature on Sisterspooky that will show you a different side to authors you may already know and introduce new ones.  I ask 20 very Random Questions and they answer them.  Simple as that.  The idea was inspired from a mixture of things in my head and a random question asked by Jim over at YA Contemporary.  
Today we’re joined by Bryony Pearce as she faces the. DUN DUN DAAAA… 20 Random Questions:
If you were ruler of the world what laws would you make?
Food may not be stockpiled or exported until everyone within that country has enough to see them through the year.
All children should be read to every bedtime.
Every new parent should be given parenting classes.
If you were a super hero what powers would you have? Limit to three powers!
Teleportation (which would make life SO much easier)
The ability to know the answer to any question (I am insatiably curious)
Invulnerability (I would never need to worry how my children would manage without me – obviously I would like this power to extend to the rest of my family)
What’s your favourite cheese and why?
I like strong tasting, hard cheeses, but I’m vegetarian and a lot of hard, strong tasting cheese, particularly yummy ones like Manchego are made with calf rennet, so I was really pleased when I found a vegetarian parmesan style cheese in Sainsburys recently.  Pesto is back on the menu!
If you were an animal what would you be and why?
It may be boring, but a cat is my obvious answer.  You’d get to be independent, but when you wanted affection you’d get that too.  You’d be able to hunt for your dinner if you fancied it but, if not, you’d have a bowl of food ready and waiting for you.  No-one objects if you spend a whole day lying in the sunshine and no-one expects to be able to train you.  Very little is asked of a cat, but they get a lot of love. 
If you could ask your future self one question what would it be?
Are the kids OK?
Have you ever entered a talent contest?  What was your talent and did you win?
I’ve entered and won story writing contests.  One when I was young, at school (I won a book token), one when I was grown up and had written my first novel.  That was SCBWI Undiscovered Voices and the prize was the first 2000 words of the novel being published in a book that went out to every agent and publisher in the country.  This year’s UV competition has just opened and I recommend that any aspiring writer should enter.
Whats your favourite type of Pie?
Apple pie, delicious.
If you could steal one thing without consequence what would it be and why?
I don’t think I’d be capable of stealing an object, I’m pathologically honest (I once walked half a mile back to a sweet shop where I had bought a penny sweet on the way home from school, because I had discovered that I had accidentally picked up two stuck together.  I had to pay the shopkeeper the extra penny).  However, if some administrative error resulted in me receiving a few hundred grand and someone very official assured me that it would be no problem for me to keep it, then I reckon I could get on board.  It would be fantastic to pay off the mortgage, put some money away for the children, finish the house and go on holiday.
Who’s your favourite Villain and why?
Spike in the early series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  So gorgeous and a great delivery of quips.  I loved Spike 
“If every vampire who said he was at the crucifixion was actually there, it would have been like Woodstock”

Spike: Why don’t you rip her lungs out? It might make an impression.

Angelus: Lacks… poetry.

Spike: It doesn’t have to, what rhymes with lungs?

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten and what did you think of it?
Oysters (not that unusual I suppose) but I never had them again.  It was like eating snot.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say and why?
Warning: may cause offense.
What’s your preferred playing piece in monopoly and why?
I hate Monopoly.  I call it ‘monotony’, it’s up there with Risk among the worst games I ever owned.  It goes on forever, it’s boring as heck and I never win.  So none.
What was the last thing you ate?
Half of my son’s Milky Way.  I am on a diet, but he loves to share, bless him.
Who would you want to be trapped on a desert island with? Pick no more than 
five people!
A great chef – you can’t go wrong with Delia Smith’s food and she’d probably be ‘mum’ to the rest of us.
My husband and two children, who I couldn’t live without. 
Macgyver – he’d get us out of there.
What was the last thing you dressed up as for fancy dress and what was the occasion?
I dressed up as a superhero for my son’s fourth birthday party, which had a superhero theme (funnily enough).  I had a cape.  It was cool.
What was your first job?
I worked in a pub as a waitress for a couple of years from when I was sixteen.  I had to wear the most hideous uniform – a yellow see-through blouse and a green flared skirt that came down to my calves.  When I was almost 18 I was asked to work Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Eve.  I received only £10 per shift but was expecting LOTS of tips.  That was the year the owners scavenged everything from the juke box, tips box and till and absconded.  Never felt so betrayed.
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
I had to go into hospital for a total hip replacement when I was 30.  At the time my little girl was 17 months old.  Post op I was facing 12 weeks on two crutches with no weight bearing and no bending, stretching or lifting (so I wouldn’t be able to lift my daughter, pick up her toys, put her to bed, nothing) I was also facing six weeks of self administered heparin injections and I am quite needle phobic.  Not only that but I had got it into my head that I wouldn’t make it off the operating table.  Walking into that hospital in March 2007 and letting them sedate me was the scariest thing I’ve done.    
What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Two pieces of old advice regularly go through my head
If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well (my mum used to say this all the time and I remind myself every time I feel myself flagging and thinking, oh well, it’ll do.)
You can’t fail if you don’t stop trying (this is a motto at Slimming World, but I find it increasingly applicable every day)
Thanks Bryony for some really great answers.  Can’t believe anyone disliked Monopoly!  If you would like to know more about Bryony Pearce, please do visit her website www.bryonypearce.co.uk, follow her on Twitter @BryonyPearce or like her Facebook Page BryonyPearceAuthor.  Her latest book, The Weight of Souls, is out now.


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