This week’s question is all about my protagonist, Anna Squires. I used the basic questions suggested in a previous post of mine – Hot Seating – which is a theatrical method of getting into character. To avoid the particularly juicy plot spoilers, I’ve tried to take the interview from a time about half-way through the events of The Elder Throne, where Things Have Happened but hell hasn’t broken loose just yet.
- How old are you/when were you born?
I turned eleven a few weeks ago, on the 9th July.
- Where were you born?
Princess Royal Hospital, Bromley, in the human world. Mum says I was nearly born in the ambulance on the way there because I didn’t want to wait. She and Dad weren’t expecting me for another week.
- What’s your favourite food?
That’s easy. Yellow lemon icecream. I could eat it every day, even in winter. Although I do really like spearmint chews when Tom actually leaves any for me.
- Are you allergic to anything?
Nope, nothing. Not even cold iron, which I didn’t know people could be allergic to until a few days ago. Well. Some very specific types of people anyway.
- Cats or dogs (preference)?
I like all animals. Who doesn’t?
- Why? (repeated at will to further development)
Because they’re animals…? I’ve never had a pet though, we’ve never been able to afford one.
- What has been the best day of your life so far?
The day I got on the plane with Grandfather Abe to come to Ireland. It was my first time on holiday anywhere without my mum. I miss my grandfather when he’s not around, although I now completely understand why he doesn’t visit more often. Getting to spend the whole summer with him is great… although definitely not what I expected.
- And the worst?
I mean, nearly being eaten by a Kelpie was definitely a low point…
- Do you have any habits you’re ashamed of?
Not really. I guess I don’t really listen to people I don’t like? Most things that Lord Goodfellow and Lieutenant Bracken say go in one ear and out the other.
- What would make you kill someone?
I don’t think I could. I once stepped on a snail and felt guilty for weeks afterwards. I can’t imagine killing anyone. Although I did just give my cousin a split lip for hurting my best friend on purpose. I didn’t feel guilty about that.
- Have you ever smoked/taken drugs?
Don’t be silly. Of course I haven’t, I’m eleven.
- What would you do if I poked you in the eye right now?
Be hurt and confused. Why would you poke me in the eye?
- Would you ever wear trainers without socks?
No, that’s gross.
- Who is your best friend?
Tom Scott. He lives two doors away and he’s brilliant.
- Where did you and your best friend meet?
We were both five and I was out in the garden. I heard someone yell from the fence and it turned out to be Tom. He was completely starkers because it was bathtime, and he’d been trying to run away from his dad, but he got stuck in Mr. Simmons’ peony bush. I laughed at him and then Mum helped him out. We’ve been best friends ever since.
- Will you wear this pink dress?
I’m not really a dress person. Or a pink person. I’ll take it if it’s in blue, if I really have to.
- Who is your favourite superhero?
Captain America. I like the way he’s always protecting people.
- What are you most afraid of?
Small spaces. The thought of being in a cave-in is my worst nightmare. I once went to Chislehurst Caves with my school and I had to hold Tom’s hand the whole time so I didn’t panic.
- Are you romantic?
I think maybe I’m too young to know. Although Mum always says that Dad was the love of her life, and she knew it as soon as she saw him. So I like to think I’ll be the same when I meet the person I’m meant to be with… only, I hope it ends happier than it did with Dad. He disappeared a week after I was born and no one’s seen him since.
- Do you bite sellotape or cut it with scissors?
I bite it. Sellotape is surprisingly tricky to handle when you only have one hand, I don’t need to add scissors to the mix too. At home, we have one of those tape dispensers so I can use the jaggedy metal bits to cut it instead.
- How often do you clean your teeth a day?
Twice, once in the morning and once at night before bed. Although sometimes I ‘forget’ at night if I’m too sleepy and get in bed first.
- Do you pick your nose?
No, I blow it if it’s dirty. Tom picks his nose though. He says he doesn’t but he definitely does.
- If you could have one job, what would it be?
Landscape architect, like my mum. Although now I’ve found out about my grandfather… I wouldn’t mind working in the Grower Circle instead. It’s basically the same thing but, well, better.
- Would you swim with sharks?
- Would you go into space?
I don’t know. I’d really like to see what it was like but I don’t know if I’d be brave enough. It’s a long way from home and I’d be afraid I wouldn’t get back.
- You sneeze into your hand in public and don’t have a tissue. What do you do?
Ask someone for a tissue?
- Your mother/brother/sister falls over. What do you do?
I don’t have a brother or sister. If my mum fell over I’d help her up and ask her if she was okay. Although, I guess Tom’s the closest thing I have to a brother and if he fell over, I’d laugh. Really hard. Then I’d help him up.
- Do you dunk biscuits in your tea?
Not often. I have to have a tray to balance my tea on when I dunk, and I usually can’t be bothered. I don’t drink tea often enough for it to matter.
- Do you believe in love at first sight?
Definitely. Like I said, Mum and Dad’s story is like a fairytale. When I’m older and boys stop being so disgusting, I’d like a story like that. Only, y’know, without the disappearing part. Mum hasn’t dated anyone since Dad… although she has been going to the dentist a lot and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with her teeth.
- Have you ever stolen anything?
Some spearmint chews from my teacher’s desk – actually, it was Tom that stole them but I helped him eat them so I think I’m as guilty as he is.