Welcome, Jane Dixon-Smith.
How would you describe your writing style in only three words?
If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?
Jane: King Mark from Tristan and Iseult – probably because I feel sorry for him and he’s such a nice bloke. Bamdad from the Overlord series makes me laugh but he’s not someone I could see myself with for more than a year.
If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?
Jane: I think I’d have to opt for The second to last book in the Overlord series (not yet written) because I can’t wait to see what happens. I’d have to be a minor character. I’d love to be Zenobia but I’m not sure I can keep up with her ambition and determination.
Dead or alive literary dinner party: who would you invite, and what would you serve?
Jane: You know what, I don’t think I’d invite anyone I didn’t already know. They could be really boring and too literary for me. I think I’d invite my Triskele friends: JJ Marsh, Gillian Hamer, Liza Perrat, Catriona Troth, Barbara Scott Emmett and JW Hicks, plus a load of other writer friends I’ve had the good fortune to meet over the years. I’d do a buffet so I could mingle …
If you had to write in a different genre which would it be and why?
Jane: I think I’d still write in historical fiction, but regency rather than ancient – am I allowed that? I love regency and only ever written one or two short stories in the genre.
What do you dislike the most about being an author?
Jane: The marketing that comes with publication. I love writing, editing, proofing, putting my books together and designing covers, but the marketing, regardless of how you publish, seems to be hard.
Jane: If by favourite you mean most used, then probably heartbeat, then, and, yet, but, and ancient. I like the word rotund but I don’t get to use it as often as I would like.
Jane Dixon-Smith was in the chair: Author of Tristan and Iseult, The Rise of Zenobia and The Fate of an Emperor.