I bumped in to Jill as she was gazing lovingly at her most prized possession, an artistic masterpiece, hanging proudly in her living room, which she commissioned Rose Popay to paint. The painting depicts Jill writing at home.
As usual, I’d like to start with an easy question...
1. Could you explain, in your own words, what the Nyquist-Shannon
This is the theory that no matter how many weeks, months and years you personally spend shopping and buying gorgeous clothes and creating the
perfect wardrobe, the moment you're invited to an event where you want to look good, you find you have absolutely nothing to wear.
Hmm... I fear that you may have been misinformed about the nature of this theory Jill. Nevermind, we'll pass on that one, I would hate to think that you might be Pukka-padding your way to a real explanation, so let's move on.
(excluding your newest one)?
I've written 26 books, but one of those doesn't come out until January. I have quite a few favourites but it's so long now since I wrote them that I have no idea why I like them more than others. For the record, I
particularly like Perfect Timing, Staying at Daisy's, Miranda's Big Mistake,
Don't Want to Miss a Thing and To the Moon and Back. (But everyone who reads my books has their own preferences, which is nice. There isn't one book that isn't someone's favourite.)
I haven't read them all yet but so far I would have to say that one of my favourites has been, A Walk in the Park.
I would love to have fewer characters in my novels, I just don't know how to manage it! I start with the two main ones, then build up gradually from there. Plus, if I'm writing and get stuck and don't know what happens next, I'll just lob a new character into the story (like a little grenade) to liven things back up.
Hmm... I can imagine what's left of your Pukka Pads after you've thrown in little grenades.
OK, I'm going to say either Miranda from Miranda's Big Mistake or Milly from Milly's Fling, because they were funny and uncomplicated and
lovely and a bit accident prone. But they're also young, which I'm (sadly) not.
Maybe I'll be Marguerite, the terrifyingly bossy and confident mega-bestselling author in The Unpredictable Consequences of Love, instead!
Hmm... now that's a scary thought.
Growing up, I was always desperate to be a spy. (Ha, maybe that's a neat double bluff and I am a spy. You'll never know.)
Hmm... well according to my spy-busting secret agents who have managed to decode the accumulated evidence from your old Pukka Pads - you are indeed a fully-fledged spy and everyone knows now!
Oh God, so many things. People on trains eating noisily, sniffing, slurping drinks, listening to music through headphones, breathing... Thank goodness I don't have a daily commute.
Enough Salt and Shake crisps to last the rest of my natural lifetime. Ditto white wine. Which means I'm going to need a fridge as well. Um, plenty of lip salve because I'm hopelessly addicted to it. And fifth...hmm, better be something really important. I'll have my bear with me to keep me company. He's fab and doesn't eat noisily, sniff or slurp his drinks.
Not being an early riser, I seldom see sunrises and am most definitely a sunset person. It means a day of work is over and now I can relax and have fun.
Hmm... would your definition of 'fun' be more drunken-bear parties, I wonder.
9. What part of the day is the best time to write?
I probably do most of my writing between 1pm and 5pm.
Ok, this is a hard question. The thing I'd love to do that I really can't do is sing in tune, so I'd choose to be either Mariah Carey or the woman in the Shake'n'Vac ad.
11. Could you tell us something about the future of Jill Mansell?
I just hope I can carry on writing. On a round-the-world cruise would be nice! And when I die I really want it to happen when I've just finished
a book and not when I'm right in the middle of one!
12. Why do people push the buttons of a remote control harder, when they know the batteries are flat?
Because occasionally...very occasionally... if you give the remote control a really hard shake at the same time... it will do the trick.