Are you doing an essay on Night School for school?
Here are some questions you’re likely to be asked and all the answers!
Where were you born?
I was born in Dallas, Texas, in the US
When were you born?
You should never ask a lady her age. My birth month is October. My star sign? Scorpio. That is all I will tell you.
Do you have brothers or sisters?
I have two brothers.
What are your hobbies?
I like reading, travelling, going for walks in the countryside with my dog and my husband, going to the seaside.
What did you study at university?
I studied journalism.
How many pets do you have?
Four! I have a fluffy dog and three cats.
Where do you live?
I live in Surrey, in the south of England. About an hour by train from London.
What inspired you to write Night School?
I wanted to write a political thriller. After reading about the Bullingdon Club at Oxford University, and visiting a boarding school near where I live, I decided to write it about teenagers. Those who will one day be president or prime minister.
How long did it take you to write Night School?
I wrote Night School in 5 months.
How long did it take to get Night School published?
The first draft of Night School was completed in October 2010. The book was first published in January 2012.
Are any of your characters based on real people?
Not intentionally. I’m more likely to borrow an attitude, a gesture, the shape of a face – details like that. I do borrow my friends’ names, though!