Julia Crouch

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Julia Crouch

Julia Crouch started her working life as a theatre director and playwright, before retraining as a graphic designer. Through an Open University course in Creative Writing, she discovered NaNoWriMo and novel writing – and hasn’t looked back since.  Her fourth novel is out in summer 2014.

Interviewed 28 June 2014

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

A shock, surprising, exciting, unexpected, enjoyable, fun, creative, colourful, happy, obsessive.

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

My house – tall with french windows all the way up
Seni seviyorum (i love you in Turkish, written on a home-made wooden seat in my neighbours’ garden)
Keith and Sandra (my cats, who sleep on my writing shed day bed all day)
Box of tampons (on your desk, Crouch? what a slut)
A book called Grammar for Grown-ups by Katherine Fry and Rowena Kirton
The washing on the line
My deckchair
A Jo Malone candle (I am high maintenance only when it comes to candles)
My lovely husband who has just told me it’s time for dinner.

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

Dominos pizza, paid with Paypal

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

Assuming this isn’t people I actually drink with? Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Patti Smith, Jon Ronson, Tony Benn, A M Homes, Tove Jansson

Six things you can't live without ...

Fancy candles, moisturiser, my husband and kids, water, wine, books

Five favourite words ...

Balls, bollocks (when spoken by a woman of a certain age, like myself), whimsy, crepuscular, said

Four places you'd run away to ...

Greek islands, Andalucia, LA, Sicily

Three books you've bought recently ...

The Shining Girls
The Humans
Let’s Go Greece 1985 (for research)

Two things that make you rant ...

What this government is doing to almost everything
Sexism and misogyny

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

Don’t take those shrooms.