Sarah KilBride Revealed
About Sarah KilBride
What is your birthdate?:8/21
Previous occupations:Actress, waitress, usherette, receptionist, cleaner, courier controller, shop assistant, teacher.
High school and/or college:I started off in a tiny school in the Black Mountains then I went to Brecon both in mid Wales and I finally ended up in the bright lights of London!
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Gerard KilBride and Brian Eno
Favorite movie:The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Favorite television show:I like comedy and films.
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Slightly chaotic, quite noisy, always busy, never dull!
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Keep your eye on the ball!
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. I suppose perfect happiness can be many things.... a twilight swim, a driftwood fire, watching the moonlit waves with my lovely husband & friends....mmmm happy times!
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. I won't tell you my greatest fear so I'll tell you a medium one: running out of coffee.
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. Writing in a round house on Famara Beach.
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. Alfred the Great for burning cakes when his mind was on other things.
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. Gerard KilBride is the loveliest person in the world & he writes great music. My parents for their patience, love and complete support.
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. "Hands up if you can tell me....." when I'm in the classroom, I've got 31 kids in my class so things can get really noisy if everyone is shouting out!
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Not being very decisive.
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. To be able to illustrate like Sophie Tilley! I LOVE her illustrations for Princess Evie- I love her sketches and wish I could draw like that. I also would love to have an amazing singing voice and to be able to do back flips.
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. As a teacher I've helped many kids learn to read which is a magical process. I hope I've also managed to give them a love of a good story and books.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. Too many to mention! If you meet me you will begin to discover them for yourself soon enough!
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. As above, I hope!
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. I would like to be Finlay Cat for a little while. I would love to find out what he gets up to when he goes out on the town and also what its like to sleep for 23 hours a day! I wouldn't enjoy his food though!
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. I have grey striped hair and I wear a lot of black.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Max, King of the Wild Things- for knowing his own mind.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. Max, King of the Wild Things- for his restraint.
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. Things that waste our planet's precious resources such as unnecessary packaging that then create mountains of litter.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Being with my class is a lot of fun and very rewarding. I also like to garden, to visit ancient sites and love to travel.
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. To be a writer that sings and does back flips in her spare time.
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Faith, hope and charity!
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. There are loads of things that I would love to eat but I think I'd soon feel sick. I adore honey.
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. I have millions of favourite songs! If I could choose albums they would be: Hunky Dory- David Bowie, Still Crazy After All these Years- Paul Simon, Screamadelia- Primal Scream, Life Aquatic Sound Track, The Buena Vista Social Club, Afrianesque, Celtic Heartbeat- Van Morrison, Catraeth- Taran..... see what I mean! The list is endless!
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Again I have a huge list that constantly changes, so current favourites are: Muriel Spark, Jenny Valentine, Dylan Thomas, Vera Southgate, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Eric Carle, Anton Chekov, Tove Jansson, Emily Gravett, Maurice Sendak, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. This list changes all the time too! The Ant Colony, Love in The Time of Cholera, The Little Broomstick, Anna Karenina, Where the Wild Things Are, Dogger, Not Know Bernard!
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. The Little Broomstick
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Stop, look and listen!
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. I'm really looking forward to hearing feedback about Princess Evie's adventures!