King’s CROWNing Authors with Jane Hardstaff

It’s time for the next King’s CROWNing Authors  (Cajoling Random Observations Now) interview. Please welcome, Jane Hardstaff.

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1. What song is stuck in your head right now?

Music from Spirited Away – don’t ask me what it’s called, but it’s the bit where Chihiro runs back to the street stall and discovers her mum and dad have turned into pigs.


2. Am I alone in wishing that I could have gone with Alice to the tea party?

Yes. I don’t think Alice enjoyed that tea party one bit.

3. What does whimsy mean to you and have you ever used to it overcome conflict?

Great question, but no. Arguing and fighting have always worked well for me.


4. If I say – banana bread with squid ink then you’d say –

Fishy cockle custard


5. Use answers to 2 and 4 to make a new

Don’t party, cockle.


6. Full moon or half moon and why?

Half moon – what’s hiding in the moon’s shadow?


7. What does it mean to be a reflective writer?

Endless rewrites until you’re satisfied.


8. What’s your favourite tongue twister? (Mines – Bettie had a bit of butter…)

A big black bug bit a big black dog.


9. Karaoke or a bookish event?

I’ve done karaoke with writers, but if you’re making me choose then I love book things the most.


10. You are the new writer in residence in your home; please state what you think your obligations should be.

Drinking tea, eating toast, daydreaming. Writing.


Thank you, Jane.


About Jane Hardstaff

Jane longed to be an artist, but somehow became a TV producer. She grew up in Wiltshire with her brothers, download (1)hunting mayfly-nymphs with her father, reading stories with her mother. Now she lives in London’s East End, near the great, wild River Thames – inspiration for her first book.


Her agent is Gillie Russell at Aitken Alexander.


Twitter Bio: THE EXECUTIONER’S DAUGHTER and RIVER DAUGHTER published by Egmont. ‘A strong new voice in children’s fiction.’ The Times. Likes listening to the quiet ones.





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