The Writers Write Interview With Lesley Pearse

The Writers Write Interview – Lesley Pearse 2012


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The Writers Write Interview With Lesley Pearse

The Author? Lesley Pearse
Birthday? 24 February 1945
The Venue? The Marion on Nicol
The Date? 15th March 2012
The Book? The Promise
The Interviewer? Amanda Patterson

Essentially Lesley Pearse

If love were a colour, what colour would it be? Red
What is the colour of anger? Black
What is the colour of money? Gold
What is the colour of beauty? Green
What is the colour of desire? Purple
If your life were a city, what city would it be? Bombay

By The Numbers

What is the number you associate with reading? 10
What is the number you associate with your day job – before you became a writer? 1
What is the number you associate with writing? 7 (My lucky number)
What is your favourite number? 7

Writing Sense

Writing sounds like a cat purring
Writing looks like a beautiful sunset
Writing tastes like Cadbury’s Dairy Milk
Writing smells like roses
Writing feels like a dog’s coat

The Promise – By The Numbers

If your setting in your book were a country, it would be France
Where would it shop? All over Paris
It would look grey
It would sound like wagon wheels
It would taste like blood
It would smell like cordite
It would feel like serge

More Q & A

What is your favourite meal? 
Prawns
What are you reading? 
Before I go to sleep
Where do you live? 
Bath
Why do you live there? 
It’s lovely.
How has living there affected your writing? 
I have less distractions.

What is your favourite quality about yourself? 
I laugh a lot
What is your least favourite quality about yourself? 
I talk too much
Do you have a favourite quote?
From my stepmother, Hilda. “She had net curtains to keep out the vulgar gaze.”
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Three lovely daughters. 

The books 

How did you come up with the titles of your books?
I often come up with titles and the publishers want to change them. The Promise was my title originally,and it’s the one we’ve kept.
Who designed the covers? 
I do have a say in the design of my covers. I make suggestions.
Why did you choose to write this particular book? 
Because I loved Belle. It was difficult to let her go.
If Belle were an animal, which animal would she be?
A leopard.
What was the hardest part about writing this book? 
No difficulty. I loved it.

Mini-Bucket List?

  1. I want to write my autobiography
  2. See one of my books made into a film
  3. Go on a date with a younger Sean Bean

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Same place but richer.

When you stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?
That my readers will miss not having a new book from me.

Lesley’s fans line up to have their books signed.

For more photographs of the event visit our album – The Promise 

Interviewer: Amanda Patterson

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