Ivy Langdon was the first character in the Blackbird series to appear in my mind. She’s one of my favourites as a result. I decided use some of the questions from the Proust Questionnaire for these character interviews.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Freshly baked scones with home-made jam, a large pot of tea and my two gits arguing in the background.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing someone I love, I know how bloody awful it feels.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I hate my tendency to hermit myself away when I’m hurting.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I dislike lying.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My cameras. I spend far more than I can really afford on my gear and studio.
What is your current state of mind?
On what occasion do you lie?
Not very often, I usually avoid anything other than the occasional white lie.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Which living person do you most despise?
Valentin Krupin and Marin Petrov.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
In general? A sense of humour. In my gits? I love Gareth’s laugh, and Steve’s smile
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
A sense of humour.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Bugger, git, bloody.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Ranulph says my greatest love is anything I see through the lens of my camera. He might be right. Though, the gits come a close second.
When and where were you happiest?
I was very happy with Alec, and I’m finding that again with Steve and Gareth. Though in general, I find I’ve been happiest when I’m letting my photography muse lead me around.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could command attention like my mum does.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I hadn’t hermitted quite as long as I did.
Where would you most like to live?
What is your most marked characteristic?
I think I have a rather brilliant photographic eye.
What is it that you most dislike?
How would you like to die?
In my sleep, I’ve felt enough pain. I’d like to be blissfully unaware when I finally die.
What is your motto?
It’s better to laugh than to cry.