Jane Casey

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Jane Casey

Jane Casey was born and brought up in Dublin, and studied English at Jesus College, Oxford, followed by an MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. She was working as a children's books editor when her manuscript for her first book, The Missing, was discovered on her agent's slush pile. Ebury Press signed her up shortly afterwards. Jane is also the author of the Maeve Kerrigan series, and three crime novels for teenagers in the Jess Tennant series.

Interviewed 07 February 2015

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Dream job one: editor. Dream job two: writer. Lucky me!

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

My beautiful old desk, a present from my husband the year before we got engaged and quite the most romantic gift I’ve ever been given.
A portly, demanding black-and-white cat named Fred.
A pen pot in the shape of an owl that my agent gave me to mark publication of my first novel for teenagers. I am a little bit owl-obsessed.
A set of Steven Seagal DVDs, my cultural blind spot.
A blanket from Foxford Woollen Mills in County Mayo (for snuggling under while writing late at night).
Hundreds of notebooks, although I always seem to write the most important things on scraps of paper.
My ID from the Edinburgh Book Festival, one of my favourite events of 2013.
A Pilot Elite fountain pen, a cherished gift from a very old friend.
A painting of the Riviersonderend mountains in the Cape Province of South Africa. The name means ‘river without an end’ in Afrikaans, and they are utterly beautiful. So is the painting.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, proper brown soda bread, Irish butter, cold champagne.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Alexander the Great, although I suspect he would mainly talk about himself.
Charles Dickens, and ditto.
William Shakespeare, because I really want to ask him about Iago.
Gwyneth Paltrow, whom I love, unreasonably and devotedly. I don’t expect her to be sensible or ordinary. She’s perfect.
Joss Whedon, who is a genius and funny with it.
Seamus Heaney, much missed.
Marian Keyes, because she is a delight.

Six things you can't live without ...

My family, tea, music, the internet, my laptop, a pen.

Five favourite words ...

Liminal, condign, otiose, scabrous, atavistic.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Louisburgh, County Mayo in the summer. The Cape Province, South Africa in the autumn (which is a cheat; it’s their spring, obviously). Yosemite, California in winter. Paris in the spring.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.

Two things that make you rant ...

Selfishness and smugness (especially if the smugness is unjustified).

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

More of your dreams will come true than you can possibly imagine (although not the one about Johnny Depp).