Today I’m delighted to be chatting to the wonderful Laura Marshall, who I last saw on a platform at Harrogate train station as I ran away to find my abandoned suitcase. Anyhoo… Laura is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the psychological thrillers Friend Request and Three Little Lies. Her latest (very brilliant) novel The Anniversary is out NOW!!! Laura lives in Kent with her family.
Let’s hear it, Laura…
Do you worry about swallowing spiders in your sleep?
Nah. Bit of extra protein never hurts.
When was the last time you were arrested?
The LAST time? I would like it known that I have never been arrested, although it may have been a close-run thing a few times during my brief career as a teenage shoplifter.
How often do you change your sheets?
Oh God, I knew this one would come up. Think of an interval that you would consider skanky, and then double it. At least.
Would you rather have four arms or four legs?
Oh arms, definitely. Think of the multi-tasking.
Tequila Sunrise or Pina Colada?
Neither. I haven’t been able to drink tequila since an unfortunate incident in my youth, and I recently had my first pina colada and it was disgusting, like drinking cream. I’ll take a French Martini.
Are you any good at potato sculptures?
I am not good at any kind of sculptures, or drawing, or anything in that area. I am bad at everything connected with art in fact, including going round art galleries. I always find myself standing anxiously in front of the pictures, not knowing how long I’m supposed to stand there, or what I’m meant to say.
What is the most annoying thing?
When people have a little saucer or bowl into which they put all the used teabags of the day. JUST PUT THEM STRAIGHT IN THE BIN.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I’d like to be one of those super-confident, glowing, vivacious but not annoying people who others are drawn to like flies round a honey pot. I fear it’s too late for this now.
Have you ever written a fan letter?
As a child I wrote to the actor Bill Owen, who played Compo in Last of the Sumer Wine, to ask him what was in his infamous matchbox.
Which actor do you fancy the most?
Bill Owen, the actor who played Compo in Last of the Summer Wine. NOT REALLY! Hugh Grant. Phwoarggh.
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