Good Morning to Patricia Feinberg Stoner…

Author Interview

Hello! Patricia x

5 Questions to Know You Better…

Perhaps most important – tea or coffee, or maybe hot chocolate?

Always tea apart from first thing in the morning.  My husband and I take our dog for a walk along the beach, then collect our coffee (skinny latte for me) and sit overlooking the sea and put the world to rights.  I like the occasional hot chocolate, too, but I have to be careful because chocolate gives me migraine.

Of all the characters you have created, who is your favourite?

Because of his comedy value, the dreadful neighbour in At Home in the Pays d’Oc.  I didn’t create him, though – how could you invent someone who yells at you in the street: ‘You will pay and even the Queen of England will know about it.’

Do you have a particular place where you write – can you show us a picture?

I’m usually at my desk – which is untidy beyond belief.  I’ll include a picture when I have tidied it up a bit.  But like most writers I’m always thinking about writing, so if you see me staring into space with a vacant look, I’m probably either creating a masterpiece  or wondering what to cook for dinner.

Where do you find your inspiration and ideas?

Visiting France and then living there for four years.  It’s a cliché that truth is stranger than fiction, but it is – and often a lot funnier, too.  I like to people watch, too, and imagine what they are saying.

What are you working on currently, and when can we expect to read it?

Morbignan Tales – a series of short stories based in the village I featured in At Home in the Pays d’Oc.  When I finished the book I found I had a lot of material left over, and characters who got cross with me for not having been included the first time.  It’s about half written, but realistically won’t be out for another year. In the meantime I am planning The Little Book of Rude Limericks which I hope to have out in time for Christmas.


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