It’s time for another 50 Questions post. This time we have Jay Northcote answering my silly questions. She has a story out in Dreamspinner’s Not Quite Shakespeare anthology, so go check that one out!
11. Do you watch TV? If yes, what’s your favorite show? If not, why?
I don’t watch a lot of TV these days, mainly because it’s such a time suck and I prefer to spend my spare time doing other things (like reading and writing). I do watch Teenwolf though, because I’m in the fandom and I’m hooked on it. Another bonus is that my hubs and kids like it too, so it’s fun to sit down together and snuggle under the sofa blankets. I also love The Big Bang Theory because it makes me laugh, and laughing is always good J
20. Are you a caffeine addict?
I’d say yes, even though by most people’s standards I don’t think I drink that much of it—maybe three mugs of tea a day (I rarely drink coffee at all). But I definitely get withdrawal symptoms if I have a day without it. When I go on holiday and am out of my normal routine I get terrible headaches if I miss my midday/early afternoon fix. I have actually had to resort to keeping caffeine tablets on me, just in case, otherwise I feel really grim by mid afternoon.
22. What’s a scent you like? How about something smelly you hate?
I’m a very scent oriented person, in that I notice smells and find them very evocative. I love natural scents—flowers, plants, herbs etc. Rosemary and lavender are particular favourites of mine. This might sound weird, but I also love the smell of people, the ones in my ‘pack’ anyway. I always joke that it was love at first smell with my husband because he smells amazing to me. Same with my kids—not so much now they’re bigger maybe, but when they were babies I used to sniff their warm little heads like a drug.
Conversely I loathe artificial scents. If I wear perfume I find it overpowering and it can sometimes make me feel quite sick. I also hate things like air fresheners and really strong deodorant smells.
35. Have you been good at some sports at some point in your life?
I’ve never been much good at team sports. At school I found them frustrating and hated the aspect of competing against other people. But I am an active person most of the time and enjoy sports/activities that can be done solo. I’m pretty good at swimming and running and I used to do quite a bit of rock climbing too.
43. Who is your celebrity crush? Would it change if you knew you could get that person?
God, I have loads of celebrity crushes. It’s very hard to pick just one. But given that I’ve already mentioned Teenwolf I’ll pick Tyler Hoechlin today because damn, he is an extraordinarily beautiful specimen of manhood and he seems like a nice guy too, from what I’ve seen.
I’m not sure it would make a difference if I knew I could get him. The idea of actually getting a celebrity crush is kind of weird really. The whole point of celebrity crushes is that it’s all about letting your imagination go a little wild. I’m not sure I’d ever want to hook up with any of my crushes in real life. Even if I wasn’t married—and way too old for most of them (sob)—I think it would be awkward and probably a disappointment in reality, because they’d never live up to the fantasy.
Jay’s Bonus Question: When you were a kid what did you want to do/be when you grew up?
I don’t remember ever having any sensible/conventional career goals as a kid. I dreamed of crazy, impractical things like being an acrobat or a bareback rider in a circus. In my teens I had a secret desire to be an actress—not in the movies, I wanted to be in the Royal Shakespeare Company and play all Shakespeare’s heroines. But when I mentioned it to my parents they weren’t very supportive. My dad told me that 99% of actors were out of work and had to work as waitresses instead, and that I should probably come up with a better plan if I wanted to be able to support myself. What a buzz kill. He’d probably have said the same if I’d wanted to be an author
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her amazing, occasionally ridiculous husband, two noisy-but-awesome children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
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