Kelly Smith (Illustrator)
The Proust Questionnaire is a mighty fine introduction to one’s personality. We like to think of ourselves as a pretty friendly bunch here at LKP so, with both a fondness for French novelists (why, of course) and a nosey need to get to know our friends and authors just that little bit better, we’ve taken the ultimate form of interview and LKP’d it – well, just a little bit. Apologies to any traditionalists out there – at least you might pick up some fashion tips.
So, to kick things off we're handing the questionnaire baton over to Linda Scott – The Bubble Writer extraordinaire. Scroll down to find links to her marvellous books (and a monstrously good video) below this little glimpse into her world...
1) What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A really warm early evening, when the hot day is disappearing, my camper van, friends, kids, beers, trees and a bonfire. Bliss.
2) What is your favourite book (answers need not be limited to LKP editions although brownie points are available for ‘correct’ answers)
My Wonderful World Of Fashion gets a lot of action in our house and next to my bed is a massive book about tree houses that I adore.
3) How do you relax?
Drawing messages for friends in front of a film on a Saturday night with the kids and Mick. I need to get out more don't I?
4) What is your greatest extravagance?
Um, buying books. Lots of them.
5) Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could play a musical instrument. I'm pursuing this dream through my kids now instead. What?
6) How would you describe your personal style (we’re talking clothes, not conduct)?
Achingly repetitive: Patterned high tops, dark jeans, stripy arms and sideways hair. I wear this pretty much every day. I'm also a new devotee to the jump suit - I currently have two and am about to invest in a third. So there. I'm happy with all of this but probably all my friends and family think..."what, she's wearing that again?" Its incredible that one woman could have so many t shirts that are virtually identical (only to the untrained eye of course, not to me). If I was interesting enough to ever write an autobiography I would have to call it: Stripy Arms, Sideways Hair and Other Habits. I actually had this thought on a bus the other week. Imagine, composing the title of your own autobiography...I must have some sort of ego complex.
7) What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
There are two - aged twelve and nine now. In a more 'personal-journey' kind of way then to be receiving payment and recognition for something as heart-warminly daft as bubble writing is very high up there.
8) Who are your greatest heroes in life?
Well, it's corny but: Mick. All my family. My friends - they all know who they are. I only hang with heroes really.
9) Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Has anyone fed the rabbits?
10) What is your favourite building?
Crystal Palace Sports Centre.
11) Where would you most like to live?
A year in New York would be fun. I'm currently languishing in South East London though and I've had nothing but good vibes from here.
12) What is your favourite work of art?
Anything by Yves Klein in Klein blue.
13) If not yourself, who would you be?
That sounds like something Doctor Seuss would say. That would be an amazing ride wouldn't it? To be him...or Roald Dahl? Yes please.
14) What is your favourite food and drink?
'Small decaf americano with cold milk on the side'. I actually order that...I'm so Meg Ryan, and such an embarrassment to my friends and family. Food - chocolate brazil nuts. Every time.