5 Questions to Know You Better…
Perhaps most important – tea or coffee, or maybe hot chocolate?
Real tea with tannin in the morning and a really good coffee with caffeine once or twice a week. I make the coffee in a stove top moka pot, it takes a while but is worth the wait and makes a lovely sound while it brews.
I’ve been trying to drink more herbal tea but it is just not the same as the real thing!
Do you have a particular place where you write – can you show us a picture?
I write mostly on the sofa in the front room. In the winter I’m covered up by blankets and cats, in the summer I’m dodging sunlight streaming through the winter and hitting the screen. Sometimes, generally on a Friday I’ll take myself and my laptop off to a local pub for a pint of beer. It is a converted bank and it is light and airy, they tend to play music I can work to and they love people working in there. I have to stick to one pint though or I write nonsense!
Ed: In lieu of a photo Lisa has sent this great ‘adulting’ sticker x
Where do you find your inspiration and ideas?
I was brought up by my grandmother who lived during the war so I learned to hoard things just in case. We rarely bought anything new, it was all sewn, knitted or baked at home. The only trouble with this lifestyle is that it is much easier to accumulate too much stuff now and it is really easy to get overwhelmed with it. I write about coping with clutter and overwhelm for real people like me, who don’t want to live in minimalistic white boxes but who do need to be able to find things when they need them. I truly believe that it is good to have things, they are part of our personalities and individuality and I feel sad when I see people throw away their history in huge decluttering purges. I’m constantly inspired by our very friendly less-stuff Facebook support group. The people in the group prove that getting rid of just a few things a day works much better than purging. I love thinking that I’m right about something and I get daily proof in the group :-).
What are you working on currently, and when can we expect to read it?
The new book Elephants in the Room is OUT NOW!