Q and A... Cate Sampson

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

A: A writer


Q: What are you afraid of?

A: Things too awful to mention in case they come true.


Q: What’s your favourite colour?

A: Red.


Q: What is your favourite possession?

A: I count my favourite pens daily to make sure I haven’t lost any.


Q: How long have you been a writer?

A: Professionally since I became a journalist, aged 26. That’s 26 years ago.


Q: Do you write by hand or on the computer?

A: On the computer.


Q: Which of your characters do you most identify with?

A: I’m very fond of Sarah in Carnaby. But she’s far braver and gutsier than I am.


Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

A: Life, the newspapers, things I see around me.


Q: What sort of books do you write?

A: Adult and Young Adult crime novels.


Q: Which writers/illustrators would you have on your dream team and why?

A: Dorothy Sayers, George Eliot and Leonardo da Vinci – I think between them they’d have most bases covered and I could make them cups of tea and polish their shoes.


Q: I loved writing this bit...

The section in Splintered Light where Charlie is kidnapped by Victor. It makes me wince, and that was what I intended.


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