The #17 profile – Ruth Eastham

I like Ruth Eastham. I like her books, too, and now she has a new one out – The Jaguar Trials – which I’ve not yet had time to read. So while you wait to hear more about that, you can see what Ruth had to say in reply to my author profile questions. She definitely wins the prize for most succinct and to the point answers!!! Very efficient.

Ruth Eastham

‘How many books did you write before the one that was your first published book?

Two, including this one:

Ruth Eastham, The Good Fairy

Best place for inspiration?

Anywhere with a view of the sea.

Would you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? Perhaps you already do?

Yes. No.

What would you never write about?

Never say never!

Through your writing: the most unexpected person you’ve met, or the most unexpected place you’ve ended up in?

Mackerel fishing on a boat to Skomer Island.

Which of your characters would you most like to be?

Yara from The Jaguar Trials.

Do you think that having a film made of one of your books would be a good or a bad thing?

Good!

What is the strangest question you’ve been asked at an event?

Did you arrive by private jet then?!

Do you have any unexpected skills?

Gecko spotting.

The Famous Five or Narnia?

Narnia.

Who is your most favourite Swede?

Author Henning Mankell.

How do you arrange your books at home? In a Billy? By colour, or alphabetically?

By type.

Which book would you put in the hands of an unwilling eight-year-old boy reader?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

If you have to choose between reading or writing, which would it be?

Writing.’

I’d not be surprised if Ruth really jetted in on a private plane. More surprised about the geckos. And that very early book The Good Fairy looks quite promising…

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