About Hugh Warwick
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Ecologist, journalist, researcher
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. Marlborough College, Leicester Polytechnic and Reading University
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. just one?? Today - Richard Strauss, yesterday Wagner, the day before Vaughan Williams, and tomorrow it might be Sibelius
Q. Favorite movie
Q. Favorite television show
A. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Wild, child-filled, ecocentric, eccentric and freelance.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. It is a mistake to think that things retain their magic better if they aren't understood.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. The sound of the laughter of my children as I tickle and cuddle them in the morning is bliss (though my insomniac wife would sometimes rather I took them downstairs)
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. that my darkest premonitions for the future of our world will come true. I should not have read Cormac Macarthy's The Road while falling in love with my son.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. the Gower, Wales; in particular, sitting on a surfboard waiting for the perfect last wave to take me into the shore in time for dinner at the pub with my family.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. really, my ego just does not stretch that far ...
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. jane Goodall
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. so (I have transcribed a lot of my interviews and found I have an irritating habit of starting each new question by saying, so ....)
Q. What do you regret most?
A. my father died before he got a chance to see my books published. I hope he would have been proud.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. i would love to excel at a musical instrument. I don't care what - probably the violin.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. mati and Pip (currently aged 9 and 6)
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. very poor compartmentalisation - stuff leaks a lot in my mind.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. i forget negative things very easily.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. despite all my flaws, I would be me (with slightly longer legs, if they are on offer)
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Peregrine Took
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. spike - from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (he comes good in the end!)
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Petra Kelly - a passionate political activist - was murdered while only 44 years old. She had so much to give. I would have liked the power to change history - do something to avert the catastrophe.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. people driving when they could (should) walk or cycle
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. reading or being out in wild(ish) places with my camera
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. food is seasonal ... right now I could eat asparagus in butter until I died of malnutrition!
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. I will claim the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss as just one; Tristan and Isolde - Liebesnacht; Seize the Day by Seize the Day; The worship of trees by Telling the Bees; Revolution by Dick Gaughan.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Jeanette WintersonRobert MacFarlaneJay GriffithsJRR TolkienJohn Clare
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Wuthering Heights - Emily BrontePeregrine - J A BakerThe Living Mountain - Nan ShepherdLord of the Rings - TolkienCollected works - John Clare
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Lord of the Rings
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Imagine you are in the pub with your friends and you are telling them your story - write it down.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I was not expecting to laugh!