YA Shot Blog Tour: Katy Birchall

Today is not only a fab blog tour post with Katy Birchall for YA Shot but the return of the mighty 20 Random Questions for a one of special!

Katy is the author of The IT Girl and The IT Girl: Team Awkward and you can find out more information about her and her books on her lovely website!  Over to Katy for her 20 Random Questions:


If you were ruler of the world what laws would you make?

Everyone would be given a puppy. The whole world would be a better place if everyone had a puppy running about them.

Also, no whistling in public places. Seriously, stop this.

If you were a super hero what powers would you have? Limit to three powers!

The ability to control minds. It would also be fun to just be all-round kick-ass awesome like Black Widow.

I would have chosen the power to control time, but time travel really boggles my brain, so I would probably end up confusing myself, altering something important and destroying the world by accident, which would be awkward.

What’s your favourite cheese and why?

Comté. I had some in a restaurant recently and was obviously talking so loudly and excitedly about how delightful it was, that the waiter came over, unprompted, with the name of the cheese and where they sourced it from scribbled down on the back of an envelope. How embarrassing. Still, win for me.

If you were an animal what would you be and why?

When I was little someone asked me that question and I was like, “duh, a snow leopard”. To this day I’m really not sure why but, hey, they’re cool so I’ll go with it.


If you could ask your future self one question what would it be?

What is your biggest regret and how can I change it? (also, can you tell me an invention or business idea that’s really taken off so I can go on Dragon’s Den and be like “whadddup, this is gonna be BIG.”)

What do you think the greatest invention has been?

The internet. The founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee is one clever cookie. How would you even function in life knowing you had invented the world wide web? That’s INSANE. I mean, how could you even just buy milk without being like, “hey person behind the counter, I invented the internet”? HOW? I honestly don’t know how he gets anything done.

What’s your favourite type of pie?

My mum’s turkey and sweetcorn pie, which she makes every Boxing Day. It beats all kinds of pie, sweet or savoury.

If you could steal one thing without consequence what would it be and why?

J.R.R. Tolkien’s mind-blowing imagination

Who’s your favourite Villain and why?

There is no villain as terrifying as Ursula in The Little Mermaid. She gives me the heebiejeebies with all her sassy dance moves. Mystique from Marvel is also one to keep a close eye on.


Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?

Not really but, five years ago, I slipped on some ice and fell onto my back, landing on my handbag and smashing the pocket mirror in it. Ever since then, whenever something bad happens, I do have a moment when I think to myself…is that you, broken-mirror-bad-luck?

Whatever. The moral from that story is that they should put down more grit.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say and why?


What’s your preferred playing piece in monopoly and why?

The scottie dog because, you know…dogs. I’m so bad at monopoly because it is the longest game of all time and I get distracted and my brothers cheat and I always end up with the stinky properties and I never win the beauty contest.

What was the last thing you ate?

Coffee. It kind of counts as food because it was so frothy and I had to tip my head really far back to actually get any kind of liquid through and it kind of feels like I may have cricked my neck or something.


Who would you want to be trapped on a desert island with? Pick no more than five people!

Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Amy Schumer and Gandalf. Don’t even try and pretend like that wouldn’t be one hell of an experience.

What song would you say best sums you up?

Twist and Shout, The Beatles’ version. I’m not sure if it sums me up but it’s a corker.

What was your first job?

Selling programmes at the Dublin Horse Show. I would love to blame how bad I was at giving the correct change on my youthful years but the ability to work out sums has never improved.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

I did the highest bungy jump in the world (at the time) when I was 18. I hate heights and had a massive freak out as I got to the edge. I remember thinking, “You can do this. Just like Wendy flying with Peter Pan,” and that made me calm enough to take the step forwards.

What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

Harper Lee gave the best piece of advice to everyone in To Kill a Mockingbird: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Not only is that advice important throughout life, it’s also essential in the craft of writing.

What is your favourite comfort food?

Spaghetti Bolognese followed by strawberry laces.


What was your favourite childhood toy and why?

William, the beagle. I’ve had him since I can remember and he still sits on my bed here in London and guards the house while I’m gone. My brother used to tell me wonderful stories about him whenever I had a nightmare to make me feel better—William’s super power is boring bad guys to death by reciting Shakespeare speeches at them. He’s a very eloquent little beagle.

Thanks to Katy for taking part in this fun little post and remember that you can catch Katy (and me) at YA Shot in October.  For more details on the programme, how it helps the community and how to get tickets; go here!

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