Following on from my review of Killer Affair earlier today, this evening I am delighted to welcome Rebecca Chance to my blog to discuss A Life in Books.
Rebecca Chance was born in Hampstead to international art dealer parents, and grew up in the exclusive millionaire’s row surroundings of London’s St John’s Wood. Tiring of her cushioned, privileged existence, she ran away to Tuscany to live a wild bohemian life on a wine-making estate, where she lived in a 14th century villa in a Chianti vineyard, partying with artists, learning Italian, and picking grapes. But big city life was calling her, and after staying in Rome and Porto Ercole, she moved to Manhattan, lured by the glamorous single-girl existence and nonstop nightlife. She spent a decade living the Sex and The City dream in SoHo, equally at home in an uptown penthouse on Fifth Avenue overlooking the Metropolitan Museum, or downtown dancing on the bar of the Coyote Ugly for kicks. Eventually, a handsome American husband in tow, she moved back to London to settle down (as much as she can) and finally fictionalize some of her most exciting and glamorous experiences into her bestselling blockbuster novels.
Rebecca’s interests include trapeze, pole-dancing, watching “America’s Next Top Model”, and cocktail-drinking.
website with info on me is www.rebeccachanceauthor.com
1. What was you favourite book from childhood?
It’s impossible to pick just one! I loved Rosemary Sutcliffe and Geoffrey Trease, and the Roger Lancelyn Green myth collections, as well as Andrew Lang’s fairy story collections.
2. What type of books did you read as a teenager?
The authors I read the most were Georgette Heyer, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Jean Plaidy – mysteries and historical romances. I was also obsessed by Francoise Sagan. But I read everything in my teens. My parents had a very well-stocked library and I worked my way through it.
3. When you were at school what was your favourite book you studied?
Anything by Jane Austen.
4. What is your favourite classic book?
The Chronicles of Barsetshire by Anthony Trollope. Or Dombey and Son by Dickens.
5. What would you consider to be one of the best books you have had over the last 5
I really enjoyed Garth Greenwell’s “What Belongs To You” – both reading it and discussing it with friends.
6. What book to you think you should read but never get round to?
I don’t have “should-reads”. If i don’t get round to it, there’ll be a good reason!
7. What do you consider to be your favourite book?
“This Is Not For You” by Jane Rule.
8. Is there a book that you have started but been unable to finish?
Yes, but I wouldn’t embarrass the author by naming them! I am a really, really fast reader so if a book isn’t working for me, I’ll usually skim it to see what happens in the story.
9. If you were stranded on a desert Island which 2 books would you want to have with you
I’ll cheat and say the Collected Works of Anthony Trollope and Ngaio Marsh – that should give me a decent amount to read and re-read.
10. Kindle or Book?
Book, though I love my Kindle – especially because I can read it in a car without any motion sickness, which I can’t do with books.
Killer Affair will be published on 27 July. You can read my five star review of this sassy, sexy and sensational novel on my blog.