You can read all the usual stuff about me on my website – www.donnadouglas.co.uk – so I thought I would do a quick Q & A here instead, using random questions I pulled off the internet. Here goes…
What was your first job?
Dispatch clerk typist for a press syndication agency. I spent all day every day addressing and sticking down envelopes, sending crosswords and suchlike all across the world. I expect it could all be done in ten minutes by email now.
What was your worst job?
See above. Although I also had a tedious Saturday job in a stationers when I was 14. There were never any customers, I was bored, and I earned about £1.5o a day. I used to envy my friends who had Saturday jobs in Boots and made about three times that (and got to try on lipsticks all day).
Tea or coffee?
If I’m out and about or meeting someone, then I’ll head for a coffee shop. But at home I constantly have a cup of tea on the go.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?I reckon the ability to stop time might be an advantage because then I might actually get to the end of my to-do list one day. But it might be quite fun to wake up every day with a different superpower, so you don’t quite know what each morning will bring…
Who was your favourite teacher at school?
Mrs Olivier, who taught history. She was sharp and funny, and no one could get anything past her. She also littered our lessons with all kinds of interesting history trivia which I’ve never forgotten.
Kettle Chips or Pringles?
Kettle Chips. But only because I eat Pringles too fast. I can demolish a tube in about three minutes, which is why I can’t allow them in the house.
Is there anything you can’t do that you wish you could?
Lots of things! I wish I could drive but I never learned. I also wish I could speak another language fluently, or play a musical instrument. I own a guitar and I keep meaning to practise but somehow I never get round to it. Same with joining a French evening class.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I love reading (especially historical or crime, or anything with a good twist in the tail) and watching TV (Scandinavian crime shows are my favourite). I also enjoy walking, going to the theatre or cinema, eating out and having a good gossip with friends.
Do you have any phobias?
Spiders! Just thinking about them makes me feel sick. I can sense when there is one in a room – it’s uncanny, really.
Worrying. And eating Pringles.
What’s the last thing you think about before you go to sleep at night?
Usually the chapter I have to write the following day. And whether that creaking noise downstairs is really settling floorboards, as my husband claims, or an axe murderer breaking into the house. I said I was a worrier, didn’t I?