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Where were you born?
Newton, Massachusetts (a suburb of Boston).
What’s you comfort food?
Macaroni and cheese.
What’s your favourite tipple?
Basil Hayden’s bourbon on the rocks.
Dog or cat?
I grew up with both (a dog named Dr. Spots, and cats named Kitty and Tiger), but if I had to choose, I prefer dogs!
My boyfriend, Jason, and I also had a beagle named Dexter, who, quite sadly, died in November. We’re still very heartbroken.
What keeps you sane?
Spending time with my boyfriend and friends. Knowing that they’re all very supportive means the world to me.
What scares you?
Losing people I love (a fear that started after my closest childhood friend, Jay, died in a car accident in 2003).
Town or country?
Town. Although in the towns I love (Paris, London, Orlando, Los Angeles, Boston, New York), my favorite places are usually the country-like green spaces and parks!
What’s your favourite holiday read?
The Night Before Christmas: the classic illustrated children’s book!
What is the best present you’ve ever received?
An hourglass necklace from my boyfriend; when he gave it to me, he said it represented the fact that he’d love me until the end of time.
It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.
What have you learned about yourself as you’ve got older?
That I shouldn’t care as much about what other people think; I should follow my own heart.
When I was younger, I used to make the mistake of trying to please everyone all the time, and feeling devastated if someone didn’t like me or my work.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve gradually let go of that, and it’s made me a much happier, better person.
What would people be surprised to discover about you?
That I’m only five feet tall. ☺
Sweet or savoury?
What is your favourite sport?
What is your favourite way to travel?
By train, across Europe.
Would you rather read the book or watch the film first?
Read the book.
Night in our night out?
Night in. I love making dinner and unwinding with a book (or a movie) and a glass of wine.
What are you currently listening to?
A new song by my friend Chubby Checker called Changes. It’s amazing to me that he’s still making new original music after launching his career in 1959! The new song is impressively soulful and catchy.
You’d never know he’s 71!
What are you currently reading?
The Beautiful Creatures young adult series. I find the elaborate plotting fascinating.