I have filled up the fridge today with Martinis and wine for my guest. She is huge fun and I am a big admirer of her talents, of which she has many. Inspired by art, nature and the beauty that surrounds us all, she has written outstanding novels and painted breathtaking pictures. I love everything that this lady produces but the clincher for me is that she likes Oompah band music!
It is a huge pleasure to introduce you to Kit Domino. Kit, a warm welcome to my humble blog. Some simple ice breaking questions to start with please, while Hubby mixes us a couple of cocktails:
The Flower Pot Men or the Magic Roundabout?
The Flower Pot Men or the Magic Roundabout?
Oh very definitely the Flower Pot Men. They were such a good pop group even if a one hit wonder. “Let’s go to San Francisco …” Oh, you mean the other Flower Pot Men. The real ones. Yes, they were brilliant. Who could resist Lickle Weeeed. It was one of my favourite kids’ TV programme, along with The Woodentops, Andy Pandy, Torchy and Muffin the Mule. Sheer magic.
Mary Quant or Channel? ( I was always fascinated by my mother’s white Mary Quant lipstick. I wasn’t allowed any make up until I was thirteen and then I was given a pot of purple eyeshadow.)
No contest. Mary Quant, only at the time when I was a teenager I couldn’t afford either. It was always Rimmel from Woolworths. My father wouldn’t allow us to wear make-up, especially lipstick, so we used to put it on after we went out. He always said lipstick was for whores. I’m laughing as nowadays the only makeup I ever wear is lipstick.
Sorry, this next part is obligatory. The audience expects it. Can you tell us a short joke?
Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other hunter whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. "My friend is dead! What can I do?" he says. "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead," replied the operator. A silence ensures. Then, a loud gun shot is heard. "OK,” says the man to the operator. “Now what?”
What makes you laugh most?
My husband’s sense of humour – usually one-liners and off-the-cuff comments. Our house is always full of laughter, usually at each other.
You are walking past a deserted children’s play area – what are you most likely to jump on?
The swing. I don’t like slides (I hate heights), roundabouts made me dizzy and, well, it’s a bit like fun fairs, I never found them fun. Still don’t. I always wanted to go to Disneyland as a kid until I found out they are little more than glorified fun fairs. But swings are fun although nowadays I doubt if they could carry my weight.
What is your happiest childhood memory?
That is a very difficult one to answer as there are so many. Boxing Day was always a happy time as every year we would go to my grandparents’ house for a big party. The whole family would be there, all the aunts and uncles and cousins. The house was always crowded as my father was one of eight children, so you can imagine the noise but they were always fun. No fighting, at least not amongst the kids, and it was always a late night home as my father was the only one who had a car and he had to drive everyone home, so we were always the last to get home and to bed.
Did you ever dress up as a super hero or a famous person in a book? Who did you pretend to be when you were a child? (I always pretended to be Timmy the dog in the Famous Five!)
I never used to dress up as a character but at infants school my best friend Paul and I always played at Champion the Wonder Horse together, acting out the latest exciting episode. He was always Champion, with me playing Ricky, running behind pretending to be riding him and using my imaginary whip as we scampered around the playground. The other kids thought we were nuts. Looking back, I think they were right.
Favourite playground activity.
Playing British Bulldogs. I think it’s banned now. In my day, the teachers always used to join in. In winter, it was always snowball fights, again with the teachers.
Thank you Kit. Those are great answers, even Hubby is smiling. You didn't slip him a Martini, did you? Onto more sensible questions now:
What genre do you write?
I write in several: saga, paranormal and general fiction. I don’t like being compartmentalised and as I have so many ideas and plots and lots of vivid imagination I don’t want to end up on just one shelf.
Who is your favourite character in your books?
That is a tough one. I like all my characters, but I suppose if I have to choose one, it would be Dimitri from When Two Worlds Collide (waiting publication). He’s Greek and he’s gorgeous, handsome, dark, strong and brave yet gentle and caring. He can carry me off into the Aegean sunset any time. Ssshh, don’t tell my husband I said that...
Where do you think up your ideas for stories?
They just come to me. They appear in my head, often at night. It isn’t something I can quantify.
What do you do to help you concentrate on writing?
I listen to music, especially classical and more especially Andrea Bocelli. Music is very much a mood enhancer and when I need to create a particular scene, music can help create the right atmosphere.
Could you please put a few brief words about you - something that doesn’t show up on the loveahappyending.com website. Surprise us!
Aaah. Well, I’m exceedingly beautiful, I’m slim, sexy, loaded with money, have a singing voice like an angel, and have a very vivid imagination. I also do a lot of wishful thinking – I wish I was beautiful, I wish I was slim again (I’m getting there but have a long way to go), I wish I could win the lottery or write that multi-million pound best seller and I wish I could sing. Still, I suppose one out of five isn’t bad.
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