Let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself, Elizabeth.
I’ve been writing for more than half my life. I love characters and when I see them in certain circumstances I’m always so curious about what happens next. How do they react? What do they do to get themselves out of (or into!) various situations. I have an insatiable curiosity and I just love knowing what happens next.
Maybe it’s my inner nerd-girl, but I love a smart heroine. Nowadays we readers expect our heroines not to faint at the drop at a hat, or sit around in chains, miserable, waiting for their man to come get them. Yet I am still sometimes surprised by how seemingly intelligent female characters can turn pretty silly once the going gets tough.
Since I was a young teenager, I've had the fantasy of being a thief. Dressed head to toe in black, hair braided back and hidden under a knitted cap. I'd be picking locks and climbing into second floor windows to prowl around, steal some gorgeous jewels, maybe steal a kiss and a heated embrace with some handsome, dastardly man I encountered. I recall a number of lunch-breaks through my high school years that comprised of trying to teach myself how to pick locks.
When my school teachers were being polite they would mention things like “Elizabeth marches to a different beat”, or that I have an “interesting” way of looking at things. Of course there were many similar remarks that were far less complimentary. But outside of school, I have to admit these aren’t the bad things they were always made out to be. Looking at life —or just situations — from alternate perspectives, or daydreaming “what ifs” are seen as strengths, not characteristics to be beaten out of my system.
I have really enjoyed Australian Masterchef. I've always liked cooking shows in general (my grandma was addicted to them and passed on that love). And while there's a few I enjoy, Australian Masterchef seems to grab me the most. It moves at a fast pace, has some really out-there dishes and challenges and seems to have the formula right for holding my attention.