Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Q&A - Would You Rather? with Jenny Kane - Blog Tour

Today I am delighted to welcome Jenny Kane back to Rachel's Random Reads, and she has agreed to answer my new fun interview questions entitled - Would You Rather?

1) Would you rather live under the sea or in space?

Having just enjoyed every single second of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, it has to be under the sea. There is just so much to- ummm- see. I can’t imagine space having the same fast changing scenery or constant flow of interesting creatures passing by to titillate the imagination. Although, I’d be very careful- there are a lot of beautiful but dangerous creature down in the depths.  Not unlike up here on dry land!

2) Would you rather ride a camel or an elephant?

An elephant for sure. When I was an archaeologist, many years ago, I spent some time working on an excavation in North Africa- there were camels a plenty to ride upon. I quickly discovered that there is nothing like sitting on a camel to make you aware of every single bone in your body. I imagine an elephant would give a rather more comfortable ride- and they wouldn’t spit at you either. Although I suppose you might be in danger of the occasional unexpected, trunk delivered, shower.

3) Would you rather eat sweet or savoury food? 

Savoury. I do love my chocolate, but I don’t really like sweets. I’d much rather sit down to a plate of cheese and crackers than a bowl of profiteroles. But if you want to buy me profiteroles, I promise I wouldn’t try to stop you.

4) Would you rather go to the cinema or the theatre?

The theatre every time. I do enjoy a good movie, but with the theatre you have the extra dynamic of human interaction. There is always a tangible atmosphere of ‘what if something goes wrong?’ Not that I want things to go wrong- but that potential for a lack of perfection makes a play often seem more real than a movie with its airbrushing and over perfecting.

5) Would you rather read ebooks, audiobooks or physical books?

Physical books. I just love the feel of having a book in my hands. I adore the aroma that goes hand in hand with opening a real book for the first time. Reading is a tactile experience. Having said that- I love audio books as well- and my Kindle is essential on train and plane journeys.

6) Would you rather be rich but unhappy or poor and happy? 

Lol- Poor but happy. That’s a gone summary of most writers’ lives isn’t it? 

7) Would you rather play or watch sports?

Presuming some sort of torture device was being employed to make me – then watching sport would win over playing sport. Playing sport would require a complete personality transplant. At least if I was being forced to watch a sporting event, I could make up stories about the people who have elected to engage in a public display of sweating.

8) Would you rather always be late or always be unprepared?

This one is tricky because I hate being late- but I also have a fear of being unprepared. So I guess I’d always rather be a little late. I’m one of those people who will work through every possible disaster scenario of any situation before I do anything so I’m prepared for everything. 

9) Would you rather have your own luxury car, or private plane?

Ohh...a car please.  Although I can drive, I’m not that keen on it. I’d far rather be driven around so that I can daydream out of the window as I watch the world go by.

10) Would you rather give up social media or alcohol?

Alcohol- to be fair I don’t drink very often so it wouldn’t be hard for me to give it up completely. Social media on the other hand is my life line. I use it for hours every day for marketing purposes- and of course, it keeps me in touch with fellow writers everywhere Writing is quite an isolating business, and it is lovely to be able to interact with others who are similarly closeted away with their own imaginations for company.

Great questions! Thank you for inviting me along as part of my Romancing Robin Hood blog tour.  My part modern romance and part medieval mystery is out now from LittWitz Press.

Thank you Jenny for answering my rather random questions. Really hope you enjoyed them.

When you’re in love with a man of legend, how can anyone else match up?
Dr Grace Harper has loved the stories of Robin Hood ever since she first saw them on TV as a teenager. Now, with her fortieth birthday just around the corner, she’s a successful academic in Medieval History—but Grace is stuck in a rut.

Grace is supposed to be writing a textbook on a real-life medieval criminal gang—the Folvilles—but instead she is captivated by a novel she’s secretly writing. A medieval mystery which entwines the story of Folvilles with her long-time love of Robin Hood—and a feisty young woman named Mathilda of Twyford.

Just as she is trying to work out how Mathilda can survive being kidnapped by the Folvilles, Grace’s best friend Daisy announces she is getting married. After a whirlwind romance with a man she loves as much as the creatures in her animal shelter, Daisy has press-ganged Grace into being her bridesmaid.

Witnessing Daisy’s new-found happiness, Grace starts to re-evaluate her own life. Is her devotion to a man who may or may not have lived hundreds of years ago really a substitute for a real-life hero of her own? Grace’s life doesn’t get any easier when she meets Dr Robert Franks—a rival academic who she is determined to dislike but finds herself being increasingly drawn to… If only he didn’t know quite so much about Robin Hood.

Suddenly, spending more time living in the past than the present doesn’t seem such a good idea...

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With a background in history and archaeology, Jenny Kane should really be sat in a dusty university library translating Medieval Latin criminal records, before writing research documents that hardly anyone would want to read. Instead, tucked away in the South West of England, Jenny Kane writes stories with one hand, while designing creative writing workshops for ‘Imagine’ with the other.

Jenny spends a large part of her time in her local Costa, where she creates her stories, including the novels Romancing Robin Hood (LittWizz Press, 2018), Abi’s Neighbour (Accent Press, 2017), Another Glass of Champagne (Accent, 2016), Abi’s House (Accent Press, June 2015), the best selling contemporary romance Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and the novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds, (Accent Press, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle, (Accent Press, 2015).

Jenny also writes medieval crime fiction as Jennifer Ash.
The Outlaw’s Ransom and The Winter Outlaw will both be published by Littwitz Press in early 2018
Jenny Kane is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Hushpuppy, 2015)

Keep your eye on Jenny’s blog at www.jennykane.co.uk for more details.

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