Five minutes with Barbara Erskine
Barbara Erskine has been writing historical novels for over 25 years. It took ten years for her first novel – Lady of Hay – to progress from an idea to a bestseller that sold over three million copies. We sat down over a cup of tea for a quick chat…
Who was the first person you spoke to this morning?
What would your perfect day be?
Outside on a fine spring day with wild flowers and birds singing, alone with my dog and a note book.
What would surprise people about you?
I collect owls (not live ones).
What makes you smile?
Other people’s smiles – and chocolate ice cream.
What are you currently reading, watching and listening to?
Helen Dunmore’s The Lie; all the Dylan Thomas centenary programs.
What skill would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to play the piano.
Can you sum yourself up in three words?
I am a dreamer, a watcher and a listener.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
The heroines of all my books. I would love to see if they all got on together and if not, why not.
What are you most proud of?
My first novel, Lady of Hay – oh, and my two sons and my grandson!
What inspires you?
Places, atmospheres and other people’s energy.
What is your most treasured possession?
Who would you like to be stranded on a desert island with?
Bear Grylls – obviously.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Aim for the stars and you could hit the moon.