Banana Girl (age 10) interviewed the fabulous Jane Hardstaff, author of The Executioner’s Daughter and River Daughter.
Q What is your favourite colour?
A The green of new leaves
Q What is your favourite Animal?
A Arctic wolf
Q When did you start writing?
A I’ve been writing in one form or another since I was a child. But book writing (involving tea, toast + equal measures of elation and despair) – about 7 years.
Q If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
A I still have dreams about flying, so that would be my number 1 superpower of choice. But the ability to talk to animals would be cool too. I’d like to know what squirrels think of us.
Q If you had a dinner party who would you invite?
A Ok, this is hard, very hard, but… Hermione Granger, Lyra Belacqua, David Attenborough, Seamus Heaney, Neil Gaiman, Queen Elizabeth I and (of course) Han Solo.
Q What is your greatest fear?
A Losing the people I love
Q What was your job before you started writing?
A TV Producer (still am!)
Q What was the worst thing and the best thing about that job?
A The worst thing is the deadlines, the best thing is working with fun, talented people.
Q Who is your favourite character in River Daughter?
A Well, I have two favourites, but if you’re making me choose, then Eel-Eye Jack. I LOVED writing him – all that danger, charisma and mystery. He helped me delve deeper into Moss’ needs and desires in a very satisfying way.
Q Are you writing another book, and if so what is it about?
A Ah… yes, I am writing a totally new book, set in a future that feels like that past. It’s the story of a one-eyed girl who finds a wolf in a world where wolves are extinct.
Q When do you think it will be published?
A Almost impossible to say! I need to finish writing it first. I’m away to my dark corner now, with tea and toast…
Banana Girl’s reviews of Jane’s books: