This week’s guest choosing from the biscuit tin of randomness (hat tip: Smash Hits 90s) is mega bestseller and all round lovely person, Caroline Mitchell.
Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family in a village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, she has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time.
Go for it, Caroline…
Who do you love?
The person who brings me coffee and chocolate when I’m elbow deep in edits.
What’s your secret party piece?
I’m a bit of an introvert so you’ll usually find me in dark corners at parties with booze in hand. However I have been known to entertain people with my true story of paranormal occurrences and the exorcism which followed. Always gets a captive audience, that one!
Were you any good at potato sculptures?
No, but I used to have a potato gun when I was growing up in Ireland (no shortage of potatoes there) I used to have perfect aim and took sadistic pleasure in shooting people in the backside.
When was the last time you were arrested?
Never…but as a former copper I arrested many. One of my most memorable was being stuck in a tiny holding cell (no windows, no doors, the place where you wait to enter custody) with a rather large lady of questionable hygiene standards when she ripped the loudest, wettest, deplorable fart. My eyes were watering it was so bad, and I was gagging for air when she said daintily ‘oops, ‘scuse me, I popped.’ Like it was some cute, dainty thing of Disney standards. I manage to choke the words while clawing for air ‘that was not a pop!’
Who was the best Beatle
John Lennon, for his vision, although I’m afraid I’ve never been a Beatles fan. More of a David Bowie woman, me.
What’s your most treasured possession?
The last picture I took with my mum when I visited Ireland to see her. I was getting out of the car and took a selfie of us on the spur of the moment, she and her identical twin were grinning away, with me in the middle. I had no idea that would be the last time I would see her. It makes me both painfully sad and happy every time I look at it, hung on the wall.
How many times have you seen Top Gun?
I’ve seen Top Gun twice – I was more of a Dirty Dancing Fan!
How many pairs of shoes do you have?
Not a huge amount, as I’m more into gadgets, but I’ve accumulated an awful lot more since meeting Mel Sherratt – our Harrogate shopping trips are legendary. Can’t wait to get back to it!
What’s your favourite kitchen appliance?
My coffee maker – goes without saying!
Which dead celebrity do you wish was still alive?
There are so many, but I watched a Freddy Mercury concert recently and his early demise was such a tragedy. He had a lot more to give. If he could bring David Bowie back with him that would be smashing 😉
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