Susi Qs – Week 38 – Miranda Kate

This week’s very lovely guest is one of the first writers I got to know on Twitter, back in 2011 – Miranda Kate! Miranda started out life wanting to be a film director, but when directing people didn’t work, she turned to writing and started directing words instead, and finds them much easier to deal with – most days. She has been featured in several Flash Fiction anthologies, and has published two collections, one of dark flash-fiction tales, called Mostly Dark, and another of science-fiction stories, called Slipping Through. The latter containing a short novella called The Game, for which a novel length sequel, Pool of Players, has been recently released. Under the pen name, MK Boers, she has also released the novel, Sleep, a psychological thriller. Miranda spent her early childhood in Surrey, and her teens and early adulthood moving round the UK, but currently resides in the Netherlands.

Welcome, Miranda!

When was the last time you were arrested?

I’ve never been arrested – although I did end up in juvenile court for knocking down walls when I was 11!

I hung about with a gang of which I was the youngest. I didn’t actually knock any down though, just bore witness. One of the gang got caught stealing a lorry load of goods and apparently snitched us all up.

I got two years probation and became an official ‘disturbed child’. I’ve been living up to the name ever since.

Have you ever been punched in the face?

I might have been, in the ‘scrap’ I had with my best mate Wanda at school when I was 12/13. I ended up with this huge lump on the side of my forehead, and she had a massive scratch down her face, but I told the teachers I’d fallen over.

And I can’t be sure if it was punch, cuz I had my eyes closed as we flailed at each other – as you do when you are have a fight with your mate and pretend to be hard, when you are actually terrified.

Would you rather have four arms or four legs?

That’s a hard one! Four arms would be SUPER useful. But four legs means you could get about so much faster. Overall I think the four arms would look better – like a Hindu deity.

Who was your first crush?

Famous or not?

Not famous: – Jamie Abbs, at high school *swoons just thinking about him* I was sure he looked like David Bowie back then. (I bumped into him later in life. He really didn’t age well – even in his late teens).

Famous: – Martin Shaw, from The Professionals (TV series). Wow, I was totally in love with him when I was 9 years old. I was taken with his curly hair, blue eyes and that scar on his cheek. I’ve just googled him – he’s 76 now! Good Lord! I’m aging myself now!

Do you have any weird habits?

That depends what you think about book sniffing, imaginary friends and talking to yourself. Personally I think they’re perfectly normal.

My husband might consider the fact that I like things to be put back in their place as weird, but he likes to peel off the ends of his finger and toe nails and leave them on a shelf. Eewwwwww!

Would you rather have no forks or no plates?

No forks. You can eat with your fingers if needs be, but trying to serve a hot meal either into your hands or on a table, might be tricky. Peas would just roll away, and gravy would get everywhere.

What are you wearing?

Denim-look shorts and a pale blue/green t-shirt. Totally boring. It’s 30 degrees outside so I’m barefoot and sweating and trying to catch a mosquito that is under my desk, but it keeps activating its cloaking device. 

What’s your most treasured possession?

Ooo, there’s a few. My mother passed this year so the painting she bought in Ibiza in 1976 and sent me for my 50th in 2019 is one. And my great-grandmother’s engagement ring (diamond & sapphire cluster) that she gave me on her last visit to my home is another.

But the copy of Lisey’s Story that I got signed by Stephen King at Borders in London when he came there is probably my biggest. I was No.100 in the queue. I arrived at 9am and he came out at 1pm. I was at a complete loss for words when it was my turn and simply said ‘thanks for all your writing’. Doh!

Have you ever heard voices in your head?

All the time. It’s part of being a writer, isn’t it? *looks around shiftily* I currently have a particularly loud one called Tricky. She wants me to get on with writing her second book. She’s a witch … of sorts and very … erm … Tricky. She’s got a trilogy for me. And she’s even whispering about another one after, but I’ve told her she has to get in line – as do the other character voices vying for attention.

Do you find it hard to take criticism?

It totally depends what is being criticised, and how it is delivered, but in general, yes.

I will always check my reaction, and put myself on pause while I process it though, and decide if it is something I can or want to act on. So I will usually give an initial ‘thank you’ (assuming it is a writing based constructive criticism), before I go away, and curse and get angry, and maybe cry a little in private. Then once I have that out of the way, I’ll look at it impartially.

If it is an insulting, personal criticism, I will ignore, block, delete. Because life is too short to waste my time responding.

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If you want to know more about Miranda, you can find her on twitter @purplequeenNL. Her books, websites, free stories and flash prompts can all be found HERE (she also creates lovely notebooks – check them out!)