TCT’s Hollywood Interview #16

…with Susan Boulton

The Cartesian Theatre now welcomes guests from around the worldosphere, with an invitation to tell us all about themselves – in 25 words or less. Okay, okay, it’s not as bad as all that: they get 25 words per answer. They can wax lyrical if they want, but beware: I edit with an axe…


This week, let’s give a big hand to Susan Boulton, one of my neighbours at – hey, she’s a writer! What a surprise!

Hi, Susan, tell us “all” about yourself.

I’m a middle-aged working mum who lives in rural England, and writes because she can.

What is the most inspirational thing you’ve ever read – and why?

On the Beach by Neville Shute, because it’s a pragmatic and thought provoking end of the world scenario. George R. R. Martin wasn’t the first to insure everybody dies…

What was your first published work?

All Things Seen (There was once a Scotsman, Englishman and an Arachnologist), a short story published by Meadowhawk Press in the anthology Touched by Wonder.

What is the best thing you’ve never had published?

Death won’t be Cheated (Be very careful what you wish for especially where death is involved), in the anthology Malevolence – Tales From Beyond the Veil.

What are you most proud of – in your life, not just your writing?

My two daughters, because they are independent young ladies who know what they want from life.

Tell us about your latest work – novel, short story, shopping list, whatever.

My first novel, Oracle, a fantasy adventure that’s all about steam-power, with an autistic Cassandra and dark satanic mills…

Pitch us your unwritten masterpiece – you’re in the Hollywood elevator now…

How about Colditz with Gremlins?

Haven’t heard that before. So, if only one person was to ever read your work – who would you want it to be?

Agatha Christie, because her characters worked out whodunnit without any gizmos… like in my next novel, about murder and raising the dead Ancient Egyptian style in 1920’s England!

What are your plans for the future – all of it?

To continue to grow old disgracefully.

Okay, my thanks to Susan for not buckling under the pressure! You can find out more at her blog, and maybe she’ll come back again one day, more under relaxed circumstances…

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