Julia Crouch is one of my favourite authors. It’s a real pleasure to have her here to review her 2013.
2013 has been a great year for you. Do you have a favourite memory professionally?
There are a few: The launch of ‘Tarnished‘, my third novel, has to come top.
Completing my fourth novel, ‘The Long Fall‘, and the very favourable feedback from my editor is a close second. It’s such a scary moment when you hand in, and you are on tenterhooks until you hear the verdict. I was really pleased to find out that even P D James feels the same, even now:
And how about a favourite moment from 2013 generally?
Favourite book in 2013?
‘The Shining Girls‘ kept me utterly gripped all the way through
I also re-read both ‘The Secret History‘ and ‘The Great Gatsby‘ and they have totally stood the test of time. Both are complete masterpieces. I’m looking forward to reading ‘The Goldfinch‘ over Christmas. Though I always kid myself I’ll have time for reading, but, with several generations of a large family to cater for I always tend to go overboard with the cooking and preparations and hardly sit down for the entire holiday period.
Favourite film of 2013?
Any downsides for you in 2013?
A very close friend killed himself. That was a *major* downside, and set quite a few of his friends, myself included, off track for a while. We gave him a great send-off though – a massive bonfire, fireworks and ceremony on Brighton beach, attended by hundreds. That helped, and in some strange way it was rather wonderful too.
Are you making resolutions for 2014?
The usual: run more, write more, drink less, eat more healthily. I might keep to the writing one…
What are you hoping for from 2014?