This week’s guest is the very lovely Heleen Kist. Dutch-born, Glasgow-based Heleen received a spotlight at Bloody Scotland for her debut ‘In Servitude’, which won the silver medal for Best European Fiction at the IPPY Awards 2019. Having been told to smile by random men one too many times, she enacted delicious revenge in feminist thriller ‘Stay Mad, Sweetheart’.
Which actor do you fancy the most?
I lusted after Zac Efron in the movie “17 Again”. Nothing to do with his hot bod, of course, and all about the caring personality of the proper grown-up he’d switched bodies with. Ahem.
Who was your first crush?
A dreamy boy in primary school in Mexico, who played a doctor in the school fair’s pretend hospital. For a small fee, you got ‘treated’ with slings and bandages. I went to see him so many times that I ended up a mummy.
Where’s the worst place you’ve been sick?
Food poisoning on a small diving boat on the Red Sea. Coupled with motion sickness induced by the airless, windowless below-deck toilet I had to cling to, I ‘fed the fish’ a real buffet that day.
Which dead celebrity do you wish was still alive?
Frieda Kahlo, so I could join her in knocking back tequila and swearing a lot, surrounded by her menagerie of parrots and monkeys.
When was the last time you were arrested?
In a dream, after streaking across the stage at Bloody Scotland.
Did you like school?
According to my Biology teacher’s comment on my report card, I spent my lessons checking myself out in a mirror. I argue it was biology, of sorts.
Do you have any weird habits?
I can’t just place balled socks into a drawer after doing laundry – I have to stand at least 2 meters away and attempt to throw them in. You’d think I would be better at it by now.
Do you worry about swallowing spiders in your sleep?
I didn’t until now.
Would you rather have four arms or four legs?
Four arms, as it would be hard to floss with toes.
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