Today’s very exciting guest has one of the prettiest book covers I have ever seen (scroll down to the bottom to find it immediately!) Sara Sheridan is a writer and activist interested in history. She has written more than 20 books including remapping Scotland to memorialize our forgotten foremothers. In 2014 she was named one of the Saltire Society’s 365 Most Influential Scottish Women past and present. This year she has two novels out, both set in Edinburgh, where she spent lockdown: The Fair Botanists (1822) and a 1950s murder mystery, Celtic Cross.
So, Sara… what have you got to say for yourself?
Do you empty your own hoover bag?
Every. Single. Day. I got an automatic hoover over lockdown cos I am no domestic goddess and I either had to get a machine to take over the housework or turn into Miss Haversham. The hoover only has a small dust compartment and the dust, it turns out, is legion.
Do you worry about swallowing spiders in your sleep?
I have much more important stuff to worry about in my sleep. As someone who has periodic night terrors, the dark creature that might emerge from the mirror is more on my mind. The evil ghost in the hallway. The ravening dog that has got in through the back gate. I laugh at your spider snacks. Ha!
Which actor do you fancy the most?
When I was a teenager it was Keanu Reeves. l I booked into a hotel one time cos he was staying there. I didn’t see him once. These days I only fancy people I know so I don’t fancy any big, famous actors. No siree.
Would you rather have four arms or four legs?
Four arms and I don’t know why. Maybe cos knitting.
Have you ever been punched in the face?
No but I am 100% sure people have wanted to.
Are you any good at potato sculptures?
No. Most of my creative food energy goes into drawing wee faces and writing on eggs. ‘Eat me first’ ‘Do anything with me but not an omelet please.’ I know you think I’m making this up, but it’s true. It started as a fun thing to do with kids and now it’s a habit though the kids have grown up and left. Occasionally I come up with something new for an egg to say and that, my friend, is a very good day.
What is your most unrealistic ambition?
I would love to be able to sing or play a musical instrument. I believe that I could do this if I had lessons but I am tone deaf and I definitely can’t. I am v jelly of all the writers who are also in bands.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A very rich late-Georgian heiress please.
Have you ever had your fortune told?
I used to read tarot cards and do the I-ching so yes. I think of it as tuning in… One of my pals has visions and occasionally when I’m telling her what I’ve got planned she gets a far away look in her eye and I know my future is going to shit.
What were you in a previous life?
I’m positive I had a previous life. I have no idea what I was but I would like to have been a very rich late-Georgian heiress. Fuck’s sake. How many times do I have to say it?
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