Saturday, January 25, 2014

Clodagh Murphy Stranded on a Desert Island

Please welcome Clodagh Murphy, author of Frisky Business, The Disengagement Ring, and Some Girls Do, as she braves our Desert Island Interview.

First, a bit about Clodagh:

Clodagh Murphy was born and brought up in Dublin. She lived in London for about half of her twenties before returning to Dublin, where she currently lives (with her beloved laptop). At school she enjoyed daydreaming and hoped one day to make a living at it. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys travelling, drinking red wine, watching TV and faffing about on the internet.  Her writing heroes are Jilly Cooper and Joan Wilder from Romancing the Stone. 
She is an aunt to five nephews and one niece.

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Clodagh Murphy Stranded on a Desert Island!

If you could only have one book with you, what would it be?

I'd satisfy my fiction requirements by making up stories or replaying old favourites in my head. So I'd take B.K.S. Iyengar's Light on Yoga, as it would give me lots to do and I'd have plenty of time to practise. The meditative aspect should also help keep me calm about the situation.

What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with? 

A solar-powered laptop, so I could record the whole experience, and write down some of the stories I'd be making up. Failing that, I'd go for a big supply of soap.

What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?

A Swiss army knife would be quite handy – though sadly there would be no use for the corkscrew.

Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?

I would love the solitude for a while.  I'm a big fan of solitude and love my own company – I think most writers are happy in their own company. I wouldn't want it to last too long, however.

If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?

I'll take Bear Grylls, please. I'd have a better chance of eating well with someone like him around and he'd up our chances of surviving and getting rescued considerably.

What modern technology would you miss the most?

Television, without a doubt.

What food or beverage would you miss the most?

I'd miss it all, but probably Indian food the most. I imagine the island diet would be very bland.

How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?

I like to think I'm pretty resourceful, so as long as I could find enough water and food, I reckon I could cope for two or three months.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

Take a long, hot shower and eat a big meal of all my favourite food.

What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?

I'd probably keep it traditional and tweet about what I'd just eaten for dinner.

Some Girls Do

Claire Kennedy is NiceGirl, the anonymous author of steamy online blog 'Scenes of a Sexual Nature'. An internet sensation, she attracts the attention of Mark Bell, a hot London publisher. But when it becomes clear that Mark is interested in more than just a book deal, Claire has to act fast. Because little does Mark know that NiceGirl is a lot more experienced in the bedroom than real-life Claire Kennedy.

Mark is offering Claire the life she's always dreamed of - a steady relationship, the literary world of London and a posh Highgate apartment.

But when Claire hires the services of struggling artist and commitment-phobe Luca to brush up on her sex skills, things get more complicated...

Great sex, friendship AND love ... can't a girl have it all?

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