25 Sep 2013

A new member of the Fiction Dreams team!

I'm absolutely over the moon to welcome a new member of the Fiction Dreams team: Eloise Walton will be taking care of some of the more famous author interviews as well as becoming a reviewer for the site.

Eloise is also the first reader to be 'questioned' for our brand new 'A Reader's POV' interview...

Do you remember when you first started reading (without the help of your folks!)?
The first time I remember actively taking an interest and reading a book by myself I must have been around 10 years old and I was given a Roald Dahl book of short stories by a family friend. I clearly remember my favourite story to this day, it was called The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. After that, I was hooked and read more books by the same author.

What was your favourite book as a child?
When I was really little, I remember my dad reading The Wind in the Willows to me. But when I was 12 or maybe 13 one of my uncle's loaned me a book and it has remained one of my favourites ever since. It was Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I loved the weirdness of it and when I was at Uni I was lucky enough to attend a book signing with Terry Pratchett and have my own copy personally dedicated to me by him.

What is your favourite genre? What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much?
I like all sorts of genres, to me it's the quality of the writing more than the genre. An author has to grab my attention and keep it for the entirety of the story. I definitely like science fiction and fantasy but I also read historical fiction, YA novels, some romances…

What's your favourite book that made it to the big screen?
Not sure if I can pick one…there are a few, but among my favourites are The Lord of the Rings, Chocolat, the Twilight Series and the Harry Potter books.

Name the last three books you read. Did you enjoy them?
The last book I read was Sorceress by Celia Rees, it's a YA novel about an American Indian girl called Agnes who goes on a vision quest and discovers the story of a woman who lived in the 1600s.
Before that, I read The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory. This is a historical fiction novel about a Jewish woman called Hannah who served as a Fool to Mary I and Elizabeth I.
And before that I read Raven by Suzy Turner!
If I get to the end of a book then it's because the story has gripped me, and I enjoyed all three!

Who is your favourite author(s)? 
Terry Pratchett and Joanne Harris are my top favourites

Name one female author you think deserves to be better known.
Well, it has to be Suzy Turner! Not because she is my friend, but because I have seen her progress and all the hard work and dedication she has put into becoming an author from writing her first novel Raven [of which I am the proud owner of a signed copy!] to now having written and self published a whole series of novels and promoted them herself. Plus I like the genre she writes in. 
Aww you've made my day, Eloise! Thank you! :)

Do you judge a book by it's cover?
A cover definitely grabs my attention, after that, it's all about the blurb. If I like the sound of the story and the cover, i'll give it a go.

How do you choose your next book?
If it's not a new book by one of my favourite authors, or a continuation from a series, then I usually pick a new book by spending hours in a charity shop or book shop browsing the shelves and seeing what takes my fancy. I also read books recommended or lent to me by friends.

What kind of book would you like to read that you haven't seen yet? For example, a dystopian chick lit or sci-fi romantic drama?
There are so many books I would like to read, but with a little baby it's hard to find the time at the moment!

What irritates you when reading a book?
Being talked at while i'm trying to read really gets on my nerves…so I usually read when i'm alone or when my husband is engrossed with a TV programme or the computer. Another thing I can't stand is unhappy endings in books, that really makes me cross!

Where is your favourite place to read?
Curled up on the sofa with a blanket and a cup of tea, preferably on a cold rainy day or on a quiet evening sat next to my husband who is watching TV.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A dentist believe it or not! I wanted to be a dentist until I reached 6th form, then I decided to substitute chemistry for art A-level and chose to take a degree in Geology and Archaeology, so that was the end of that. I still haven't grown up though really, so I'm not sure what i'll be when I do...

In the movie of your life, who would play you?
Image courtesy: Georges Biard
I love the actress Isla Fisher, she is so cool on screen and beautiful. I don't consider myself anywhere near as cool or pretty as she is, so I think she would make me look good in a film, but she would have to dye her hair a darker brown. Otherwise, perhaps the Parisian actress Bérénice Marlohe who played a Bond Girl in Skyfall.

Speed Round...
Top drink to make you tipsy?
Rosé wine
Shopaholic or shopadon't? Shopadon't…I love the idea of shopping but i'm actually useless at it. I'm more of a window shopper. When it comes to spending the money, I lose interest.
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? Closer to the ground, I own plenty of lovely heels in all sorts of colours but they are very impractical so I rarely wear them.
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? E.L. James, only because I have read her stuff but not Jilly Cooper's. Sorry Jilly!
Cry baby or tough cookie? Tough Cookie!

Eloise Walton was born in Lincoln City in 1985, the eldest daughter of an RAF engineer and a teacher. A nomadic childhood was spent in towns across the UK, France and Portugal where she became fluent in four European languages (and is currently working on mastering a fifth). She completed a degree in Archaeology and Geology at Bristol University before moving to Portugal in 2005.
There she became a journalist and discovered a passion for writing as well as a taste for decent coffee and rosé wine.
After eight years living in the sun, she decided it was time for a change of scenery(and weather!)and decided to move back to her native Lincolnshire with her husband Ivan and their baby daughter Anastasia.
Follow Eloise on twitter at @EloiseWalton

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