Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Noble, born 22 December 1968.
- Researching my novels has changed my life. This year alone, in the name of research, I have abseiled 100 feet off of a viaduct, learnt how to gamble, and danced on stage in a Las Vegas show. At the ripe old age of 36, I’ve finally realised that you are only here once, and I’m never going to say no to a new experience again (so long as its legal!).
- I don’t write in linear fashion. I write episodically. I write hundreds of short stories that have to be linked together with a narrative.
- New York churned me up. I wrote The Girl Next Door when I lived in New York and I consider it my most self-indulgent novel. I am a better writer in England.
- I wanted to explore grief. The layers of it. How it affects the different family members. I wanted to show how it exposes the cracks that already exist in relationships.
- I am always very grateful to my readers. As airlines say just before landing, I know you have a choice…and I’m happy if you choose me!
- You can keep your brooding Darcys, Rochesters, Heathcliffs, and de Winters — who needs it? I prefer a twinkle in the eye. Rhett Butler, I say.
- I dislike almost all politicians, pushy parents, and bad manners. And I hate, hate, hate cell phones, and the fact that they mean you can never be ‘unavailable.’
Read my Interview with Elizabeth Noble
Christopher Dean 2012
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