Author Revealed

About Jane Costello

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 1/24

Q. Previous occupations

A. Journalist, PR consultant, Kwik Save cashier (though that was a while ago).

Q. Favorite job

A. Being an author, without question.

Q. High school and/or college

A. St Hilda’s CE School in Liverpool; University of Liverpool; University of Strathclyde

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Florence Welch

Q. Favorite movie

A. When Harry Met Sally

Q. Favorite television show

A. Blackadder Goes Forth

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Fun, challenging, rewarding, constantly surprising and unbelievably exhausting

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Keep calm and carry on

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being comfortable in your own skin. Having people in your life who you love. Achieving your ambitions.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Anything unpleasant happening to my children.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. The Blue Lagoon in Iceland takes some beating.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Elizabeth 1, though she was a significantly better public speaker than I am.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Meryl Streep.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Absolutely.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Only one thing, but I suspect there wasn’t much I could’ve done about that anyway

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Playing the piano. Particularly since my six year old son can now do it!

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My books. I’m unbelievably proud to be an author; it's something I’ve wanted to be all my life.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Constantly trying to be a better person.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I wouldn't want to be anyone but me.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I’m a tryer.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Heathcliff.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Darth Vader.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Anne Boleyn. Don't get mixed up with the wrong guy.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Rudeness

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Running

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I’m doing it.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Kindness, humour, intelligence.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Thick doorsteps of toast with tons of butter. Health food - not.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I am the Resurrection by the Stone Roses. Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine. In the Ghetto by Elvis Presley. Raspberry Beret by Prince. Fidelity by Regina Spektor. I’m sure I’ll remember five others tomorrow

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Jane Austen, Umberto Eco, Stephenie Meyer, Barry Unsworth, Alice Sebold, Audrey Niffernegger, Jilly Cooper.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Small Island by Andrea Levy, I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I hardly ever re-read books, even those I adored. There are too many new ones to discover.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Keep going. Writing a novel is an endurance sport.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. That my books made them laugh out loud. I love that.