Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

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More interview meme - questions from tamaranth

tamaranth's questions and answers are as always, behind the cut... Apologies for the delay in answering, but that's food poisoning for you...

Would you rather have a great deal of disposable income but no time to dispose of it, or hardly any disposable income but plenty of free time?

Having been in both situations, I think I'd prefer somewhere in the middle. It's what I'm working on - getting the old "work/life balance" right. What I really want is to be able to choose what I do, when I do it - and the way that I do it, too. Hopefully I'll find a way to do that. I can't help but look at people like Ben Hammersley who seem to be living the kind of life I want, and try to work out how to get there.

If you could live someone else's life for a day, whose life would you choose? Why?

I'd be one of the astronauts on the ISS. And I'd just spend the day looking out of the window.

Name one piece of classical music that affects you. How?

A difficult one. I know I don't listen to as much classical music as I should. And most that is people like Nyman. I'd have to say the one that really puts shivers down my spine is Handel's Zadok The Priest. It's those massed voices raised together in a joyful shout...

Have you ever had the opportunity to live in another country? (Not Jersey!) Why not?

For a couple of months at a time, yes. But not for longer - though part of me always wonders how things would have been if I just stayed there. I loved my time out in Hong Kong, it was a place that had everything I was looking for in somewhere to live. But then I also feel that about London, about San Francisco and the South Bay, St John's, Santa Cruz and Seattle. I think that pulling up my roots and leaving Jersey has made me more flexible, more mobile, but still happy to put down roots just about anywhere. As long as it has the sea nearby, and plenty of book shops...

If someone offered you a grant to cover all bills and mortgage for a year on the condition that you wrote a novel, would you accept? (No full-time employment would be permitted).

Yes. In a flash. I have The Ruins Of Breakfast in a high level outline, and I want to do something with it. It needs a second plot line (and I think I know what it is now), and then it needs to be written... I'd like to be able to do one or two research trips though - I need to see Niagra for one part of the story, and Boston. Oh, and the desert around Death Valley.

"Anna stood in the ruins of breakfast..."

If you want me to interview you, post a comment that simply says, "Interview me." I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering the Interviewer's questions, you ask if anyone wants to be interviewed. So it becomes your turn-- in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer. And so it becomes the circle.
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