P. J. lives in Somerset, England, surrounded by the history and folklore she loves. When not hunched over a laptop or drawing-board, she says she can be found living in castles, shooting a longbow, or being a unicorn at Stonehenge (and I know at least two of these claims are true). She is a begetter of art, wistful tales, a currently homeless novel, and occasional tweets.
- What was the first story you ever wrote, published or not?
My first story was “Timothy Mouse’s Christmas” (also illustrated by me), an anarchic, hand-bound tome written at age 6, tragically lost to posterity.
- Who’s your famous-around-the-whole-world hero?
I admire many creatives and scientists but don’t really have a famous hero — I’ve never been inclined to place strangers on a pedestal.
- Who’s your no-one’s-ever-heard-of-that-one hero?
I’m going to choose my beloved hubby, Neil Eddiford, because he’s a real-life, all-round good guy.
- What’s your secret weakness – Fire? Ice cream? Kryptonite?
I fully embrace my weaknesses of chocolate, cats, fairylights, gin, and a desire to Rule The World (inna “all shall love me and despair” stylee).
- What would it take to drive you to a thrilling life of crime?
The cast-iron guarantee that I could never be identified or caught — which doesn’t say much for my morals.
- Describe your superhero suit – spare no detail!
Black, protective, comfortable, no cape (they look cool but get in the way). Something that — most importantly — confers invisibility like a magic cloak… oh.
- If you were Mayor of Pacific City, what would be your first abuse of power?
I would demand Droit de Seigneur Primae Felis – i.e. first kiss and cuddle rights over all the city’s kittens. Then it gets dark.
- We’ve danced around this long enough: which are you, Hero or Villain?
It’s subjective. I am, in the deathless words of Merlin from John Boorman’s Excalibur, “A dream to some, a nightmare to others”.
What is it with cats and invisibility, eh? Oh, and chocolate… Well, how about a little teaser of her story?
THE CONGREGATION — heroism can be found in unexpected places, and grow from mysterious motives. But maybe it boils down to nothing more than a desire to help those in need – whatever they might be…
Many thanks to P.J., more interviews are on the way!