Sarah Jackman Revealed
About Sarah Jackman
What is your birthdate?:1/11
Favorite job:Writing, of course.
High school and/or college:Sheffield University
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:I am mood-driven when selecting music – so different artists and different tracks for different moments in life. If pressed currently most played: Lamb/Lou Rhodes
Favorite movie:Ever? Betty Blue
Favorite television show:Frasier, Sensitive Skin and Breaking Bad as a recent contender
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Peaceful punctuated by moments of worry or happiness
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. It’s all in the detail
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. Walking my dog on a sunny summer’s day
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. Driving
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. Whale-watching in the Azores
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. I don’t
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. Anyone who has dedicated their lives to a humanitarian or ethical cause
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. I've been thinking ....
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Wasting time
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. To drive without fear
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. To finish four novels
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. Not wanting to admit my flaws in public
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. I like to think I’m a kind person
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. Wouldn’t it be great to experience a day as a creature which is so physically perfect for their environment: a dolphin, a cheetah, a swallow?
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. I used to think self-discipline but recently discovered it was being calm
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. Simone De Beauvoir. Of course I’d love to talk about the times she lived in and those amazing people who were her friends but mostly I’d love to hear about her walking adventures: ‘Each walk was a work of art’
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Walking, gardening
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. Garden designer or Conservationist
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Kindness, sincerity and irreverence
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Oatcakes
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Impossible to list but some (and definitely not all) of the writers whose next novel I continue(d) to look forward to after years of reading their work: Margaret Drabble, Iris Murdoch, A.S. Byatt, Rose Tremain, Ann Tyler, Carol Shields
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. I read many books at least twice. In fact that’s my criteria for keeping a book. Once they’re settled on my shelves, I continue to dip in and out of them but the novels I have probably re-read the most in their entirety include: ‘The Sea, the Sea’ by Iris Murdoch, ‘Trust’ by Mary Flanagan, ‘Happenstance’ by Carol Shields and ‘The Accidental Tourist’ by Ann Tyler
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Be open to the essence, the spirit of your story – remaining true to it provides your focus throughout
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. I couldn’t put your book down (fantastic to hear!)