Food savoury and sweet
I love a good British roast, even though I very rarely eat meat. They don’t do roasts where I live now in Amsterdam, and many of the houses have very small ovens or in some cases just microwaves. For nine months after moving to this country we only had a microwave. The first thing I did when we moved into our new house was to cook a roast. Surrounded by unpacked boxes…
Sweet-wise, anything with cherries is a plus but my favourite pudding of all time is lemon meringue pie. I’m not very sophisticated!
Nothing beats a Corona and a wedge of lime on a hot day but really, given how much I drink, I should say tea. I’m such a bloody Brit!
Back to the Future II.
Nearly impossible to choose, but for years I’ve said Illywhacker by Peter Carey. I don’t even know if it’s true anymore - I’ve read so many amazing books now - but I’m incapable of making a decision.
So tricky… If I think about the author whose book had the most life-changing effect on me, it would be Douglas Coupland. Not for Generation X (although I did love it) but for Shampoo Planet. I read it at the exact time I needed to read it.
Omar Little from the Wire.
That is nearly impossible to answer as well! Gah! It changes every day, many times a day, depending on mood. But the one song guaranteed to make me cry and smile is You And Me Song by The Wannadies. It reminds me of my husband and our early years.
St Lucia. We took our youngest children in summer and it was the most incredible, beautiful, relaxing place. We stayed in the middle of the rainforest and the noise of the insects at night was deafening but was also, somehow, a total anesthetic. I’ve never slept so well. Funnily enough my parents went there when I was in my mum’s womb so maybe it’s my calling to visit again and again.
My dog Arnie. He’s a cross between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Yorkshire Terrier, so he’s tiny and has a little beard. He sleeps under the covers by my feet every night.
I have four kids so I need to answer diplomatically! As I can’t in all fairness choose them, I’ll have to choose mu husband. It’s cheesy but it’s true, I love him to bits.
Place to write
Hotel rooms but that’s very rare! I’m lucky to have a little office that I share with the washing machine.
I am one of those maligned non-believers who rejects almost everything from religion except the food and the presents. I’m a huge fan of Christmas.
I realise that it sounds like I’m joking, but I’m deadly serious. The quote is from Arnold Schwarzenegger in his autobiography Total Recall:
“There are no shortcuts—everything is reps, reps, reps.”
It’s just so true, across the board. Reps, reps, reps. You want to improve something, you need to work at it. You want to create something, you need to keep approaching it from different angles and refining it until it earns its place. And it’s true for weightlifting, of course, which is also one of my favourite things.
Thing in the whole world
The ability to travel. Wow, what a privilege that is. I never take it for granted and I’d be heartbroken to lose it.
Holly’s debut novel, Try Not to Breathe was published in early 2016 and has gone on to become a bestseller in several countries. Her next novel, Don’t Close Your Eyes, will be published in July 2017.
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