1. what was the best interview you ever conducted?
Um, probably Louise Rennison, author of the Georgia Nicolson books. She was so, so funny, and I got on tremendously well with her. Sue Townsend was lovely too. Oh yes, and Jon Spencer, because he is the hottest man in the world and I got to sit at a bar with him for an hour.
2. the worst?
Ruby Wax. I don't know if she's known at all in the US but she's very famous over here. And while on TV she's quite funny and witty, it appears that that all stops as soon as the cameras are off. It was like drawing blood from a stone. She barely spoke, and when she did she gave yes and no answers. Ugh. Damon Albarn was a huge disappointment as well - he was very surly and obnoxious, and I kept thinking "I bought 'Popscene'! I loved your band when you were total underdogs! And now I finally get to talk to you and you're an arsehole!" It was quite sad, actually.
3. what's the weirdest thing that's ever happened at one of your gigs?
Definitely being asked to play at a wedding in New York! Even if at the time we didn't believe it was serious. It was such a bizarre thing to happen - in a good way, of course!
4. what was the first book you ever really loved? and the most recent one?
The first was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which was the first "proper" book I ever read, at the age of five. After I finished it I refused to read anything else for a while; I just read it over and over again. I think my parents got kind of worried for a while... Recently I've been doing a lot of re-reading, so it's hard to think of my last great discovery. Although yesterday on my first visit to my new (to me, it's an old Carnegie one) local library I found the one volume of Noel Streatfeild's autobiography that I'd never read before, so I'd say it'll be that!
5. you get paid to write and to make music (and i have to say i'm jealous). has doing these things professionally made them more or less enjoyable to you?</b>
Well, I don't actually get paid to make music! But as for the writing, well, kind of. I think being a features writer is good in one way because you just have to write that day or there'll be a blank page in a newspaper, but it's bad in another because your standards inevitably drop and it's kind of hard to get them back up again, making trying to write decent fiction more difficult that it used to be.