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
I’m so excited to welcome Lucy Saxon to the blog to answer my 20 Random Questions! WOO HOO!
If you were ruler of the world what laws would you make?
Absolute equality, worldwide. Train and plane tickets would be cheaper. Also, people who so choose are legally allowed to hibernate in the winter. Because I deeply envy any creature that is allowed to sleep for more than 12 hours without consequence.
If you were a super hero what powers would you have? Limit to three powers!
Shapeshifting with no limits (animals, inanimate objects, and other human features ala Nymphadora Tonks), a photographic memory, and the ability to freeze time.
What’s your favourite cheese and why?
I’m actually lactose intolerant! Although the few times I ignore that, it would be for cheddar. Or pizza, regardless of cheese choice. Because pizza.
If you were an animal what would you be and why?
A dog, because dogs are pretty great and I probably wouldn’t have to live in the wild.
If you could ask your future self one question what would it be?
Will I ever learn proper time management??
What do you think the greatest invention has been?
The internet, hands down.
What’s your favourite type of Pie?
I can only pick one? Cherry. Or chocolate. But I’ll be honest, if it’s in a pie crust I will almost definitely eat it.
If you could steal one thing without consequence what would it be and why?
Assuming ‘the entire contents of a really great fabric shop’ isn’t an option, I’d have to go with a time-turner. Or if we’re sticking within the bracket of items that exist in reality, a hotel in London would be a great thing to own for convention purposes.
Who’s your favourite Villain and why?
Joffrey Baratheon and Delores Umbridge, because they’re two villains that I have yet to see anyone successfully rationalise or redeem. There is no ‘valid reason’ for either of them to do what they do, nothing that makes them misunderstood or victimised; they’re just genuinely horrible people, which is a rare to find in a villain. They say that every villain is the hero of their own story, but if that’s the case with these two, I dread to think of the story they’re creating.
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I’m not a particularly superstitious person, no.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say and why?
‘Warning: Contents may explode’. I get stressed out pretty easily.
What’s your preferred playing piece in monopoly and why?
I have yet to play a game of monopoly that hasn’t ended in arguments, so I tend to sit it out. But the dog, of course.
What was the last thing you ate?
Two chocolate digestives with a cup of tea.
Who would you want to be trapped on a desert island with? Pick no more than five people!
John and Hank Green, Emily Graslie, Tom Hiddleston, and Felicia Day. That would just about make up for the lack of internet on a desert island, and the conversation would be fantastic. Plus, that particular group of people would probably make sure we got back to civilisation as quickly as possible. But hopefully we could hang out there, too.
What song would you say best sums you up?
End of an Era by Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls, because I will never be over the fact that Harry Potter is finished.
What is your favourite comfort food?
It used to be macaroni cheese, but since discovering my lactose intolerance it’s become chicken noodle soup.
What was your favourite childhood toy and why?
A stuffed dog with velveteen ears that I still own to this day, but I have absolutely no idea why. Mum claims it’s because he was incredibly washing-machine-safe, so she encouraged me to play with him over less-washable toys.
What was your first job?
Helping coach tennis camp for 5-13 year-olds, technically, which is something I still do. But what I consider my first job would be being an author. I am a very lucky girl!
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Walking into my GCSE English Lit exam having only had the poetry anthology for about three weeks before the exam. I was absolutely convinced I was going to fail. There was crying. I passed.
What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
‘Just because someone asks you a question, doesn’t mean you have to answer it’, given to me a few days before my very first interview.
Thanks a million to Lucy and to the lovelies at Bloomsbury, who are publishing Take Back the Skies in June. Keep a watch on Lucy’s twitter for updates as well as her website. Also, for those signed up with NetGalley, here is the link to request a review copy of Take Back the Skies!