29 Sep 2013

A Reader's POV: Lizzie Griffiths

Welcome to our new interview which focuses on the reader's point of view, for a change! Today, we've got blonde bombshell, Lizzie Giffiths here for a chat...

Do you remember when you first started reading (without the help of your folks!)?
I read from a young age due to my mum religiously reading to me every night. My grandma would also make up little stories before bed time, which got me hooked on story telling. I think I was around five when I would happily sit and read in bed.

What was your favourite book as a child?
Enid Blyton's 'Magic Faraway Tree' and 'Mallory Towers' which my mum read as a child too! She passed it down to me.

What is your favourite genre? What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much?
I loved magical tales as a child but as I matured I fell in love with romance/drama - any story that focuses on relationships between family, friends and lovers. I am a huge fan of the classics too - Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, Little Women. Through these classics I can learn more about times from the past and you realise how everything is relative to the present day, even though they were written hundreds of years ago.

What's your favourite book that made it to the big screen?
Tough one! Probably Rebecca, Hitchcock was faithful to Daphne Du Maurier's mood and setting of the story, and he created the sense of vulnerability that surrounds Mrs Du Winter.

Name the last three books you read. Did you enjoy them?
Rebecca (re-read), a biography on Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Coddington's autobiography (Vogue fashion director/ex model). I love to re-read favourite books, I get more from them each time. I also love to discover more about heroines of mine through biographies/auto biographies. Elizabeth Taylor's life was extraordinary and Grace Coddington is very inspiring. She was a beautiful model who was injured in a car accident - instead of leaving the fashion world, she used her experiences as a model to create some truly stunning fashion spreads for American Vogue, which I believe are works of art!

Who is your favourite author(s)?
Daphne Du Maurier, Thomas Hardy and Suzy Turner!

What book couldn't you live without?
Probably have to be Rebecca!

Name one female author you think deserves to be better known.
Suzy Turner!

Do you judge a book by it's cover?
In the first instance yes, but I tend to read the first few paragraphs and by the third I know if I want to continue!

How do you choose your next book?
It depends what I'm in the mood for! My next book on my list is all about the woman's role in Roman times, an area of history I want to learn more about.

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?
I would like to read a less predictable chick lit... one with an ending that will shock rather than warm the heart!

What irritates you when reading a book?
Lazy use of paragraphs.

Where is your favourite place to read?
In bed or on the beach.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An author! I eventually became a published journalist, yet to finish my first novel! One day...

In the movie of your life, who would play you?
Screenshot from the awesome movie, Roxanne
Darryl Hannah in her younger years.

Speed Round...Top drink to make you tipsy? Margarita!
Shopaholic or shopadon't?
Total shopaholic
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? Closer to the ground, I'm 5'9.
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? Depends on my mood, Jilly when on holiday, EL James during the working week!
Cry baby or tough cookie? Cry baby.

I am Lizzie and I currently live in Birmingham, England. I work in social media and marketing for a beautiful and unique wedding and conference venue, Fazeley Studios. It's an inspiring place to work - architecturally stunning with a combination of period and modern design and is home to creative businesses too.
I graduated in journalism and got my first job out of university in Portugal where I worked as a news reporter and features writer. I still have a real passion for writing and my current mission is to make more time for writing, which I find difficult when working full time, having been in front of a computer all day!
I have recently lost a lot of weight, through sensible lifestyle changes rather than a faddy diet. I plan to start a blog to chronicle my journey in getting healthier and changing my lifestyle for good. Watch this space!
I am a proud auntie to Erin and George, and love nothing more than being surrounded by family and friends but also love to indulge in downtime on my own.
Find Lizzie on Twitter
Fazeley Studios Website

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