This week’s guest – the very lovely Rachael Blok – grew up in Durham and studied Literature at Warwick University. She taught English at a London comprehensive and is now a full-time writer, living in Hertfordshire with her husband and children. She is the author of the DCI Maarten Jansen novels: Under the Ice, The Scorched Earth and Into the Fire – which can all be read as standalones.
So, what have you got for us, Rachael?
Who was your first crush?
He-Man. I was obsessed with the 80’s cartoon. I still think he’s got it.
Where was your best holiday?
Holidays! I think all of them right now, it’s been so long. But in particular, Oman. We used to go and visit my dad who worked over there when I was about six. It was partly seeing him again, and also all the swimming, deserts and ice cream.
Have you ever broken a bone?
I broke a small bone in my leg when I was kicked by a horse as a child. I didn’t know for ages!
When did you last sleepwalk?
Erm… Not sure! I’d have to ask my mum.
What is your most unrealistic ambition?
I’ve picked out the dress I’d wear to the Oscars, when the book I’ve written is adapted for screenplay, wins, and I have to go on stage to collect.
Are you any good at potato sculptures?
I’d say no. Not tried, but I’m rubbish at play-doh.
Do you have any weird habits?
I avoid walking under signs. An old boyfriend told me this was very unlucky and now I always walk round them, often heading into traffic to do so.
Have you ever heard voices in your head?
Only my own, telling me all the things I still haven’t done that day.
How many pairs of shoes do you have?
No idea! Not as many as my husband, who has a pair of trainers for every sport he plays.
Would you rather give up washing, smiling or reading?
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