I needn’t have worried. Katherine Langrish had recently travelled from somewhere sufficiently in need of a good clean that whatever the state of Bookwitch Towers I couldn’t possibly have matched it. (Or was she just being polite?)
Katherine and husband and dog called round on their way home yesterday. I must say I find it awfully convenient when my interview victims make house calls. I just got up, got dressed, made a spot of tea and some of those Swedish style sandwiches that impress people more than they should.
Oops, shouldn’t have mentioned that. I mean, they took a very long time to make and it was a real strain. But, anything for one of my favourite Viking chroniclers.
The Troll books are soon to be re-issued and Katherine is arranging a blog tour in honour of the event, and that’s why we needed to meet up to do a Viking interview. That, and the fact that Katherine has de-umlauted all three books, purely on my say-so.
Polly the Dalmatian took her master for a walk while we chatted, and then it was sandwich & cake-time. I like a person who, when offered cake and fruit, exclaims how long they’ve been eyeing the cake. (I just thought that since the only other Dalmatian-owner-cum-author I’ve interviewed in the comfort of my own house ate so many grapes, that I had better be fully equipped in case this turned out to be an unavoidable affliction. Cake-lovers are more than welcome.)
Luckily the Photographer had a gap in college commitments and made a brief, but intense, paparazzi thing before returning to the world of education. However, the doggy photo is mine, as it took place when Polly had a pre-departure drink on the drive.
The goings-on looked so suspicious that the next-door neighbour called round afterwards to check that all this car and dog business was above board.