Mini-Interview – P. J. Richards

For our tenth contributor mini-interview we welcome P. J. Richards, who makes her third appearance in an SFFWorld.com anthology after Ecotones and You Are Here!

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!

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