Today, we welcome Alison May to the blog.
Alison’s debut novel Much Ado About Sweet Nothing is published by Chocl Lit Lite
your Christmas stocking?
one I’m writing on now is antique. It has a little man who has to shovel coal
into its boiler to make the steam to make it go And the little man is tired, so
very very tired. It’s probably time he retired to the countryside and
concentrated on growing the perfect begonia. So, for the sake of the little
man, a shiny new laptop please!
hero? Your own, or another – or maybe both.
really been a fan of the traditional tall, dark, handsome brooding hero with an
air of arrogance and a certain cruelty in his gaze. That doesn’t mean I’m
rejecting all the classic romantic heroes. I retain a sneaking fondness for
Captain Wentworth, but generally I prefer a clever, possibly slightly nerdy,
man. David Tennant or Matt Smith as The Doctor or, of course, Ben Messina, the
mathematician hero in Much Ado About Sweet Nothing, would all do very
about your childhood?
to love about it. The thing I miss most, as an adult, is living by the sea. I
grew up in Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast, a town right on the edge
of the cliff. Indeed some bits that were on top of the cliff when I was a
child, have now fallen off the edge. I miss the unending open space of the sea
being right on my doorstep, especially on slightly grey days when the sea and
the sky would merge together into a massive great expanse of vastness.
have flaws. Do you have a flaw you’d like to be rid of?
So maybe, arrogance?
phobias or superstitions?
invite black cats across my path, put shoes on tables etc. specifically to wind
up superstitious friends. I do have on phobia though, and it’s a really awkward
one that interferes with life. I’m terrified of driving. I passed my driving
test about five years ago, but even now the idea of getting in a car on my own
and driving, properly freaks me out. It’s something I very firmly intend to get
over, and that is going to be my main New Year’s Resolution for 2014, just like
is was in 2013, and 2012…
which book would you recommend they read first. (Again, one of yours, and maybe
one of your own).
About Sweet Nothing, obviously. And then after that, The House at Pooh
Corner, which includes the story in which pooh-sticks is invented. I feel
that any alien wishing to assimilate into human society should first learn how
to play pooh-sticks.
a maths genius and romance sceptic. He met Trix at university and
they have been quarrelling and quibbling ever since, not least because of Ben’s
decision to abandon their relationship in favour of … more maths. Can Trix
forget past hurt, or is their long history in danger of ending in nothing?
is a fresh, funny, modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About