Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sarah Rayner Stranded on a Desert Island

Please welcome Sarah Rayner, author of Getting Even, as she tackles our Desert Island Interview!

About Sarah:

My name is Sarah Rayner and I live in Brighton, England with my husband and stepson, Sebastian, aged 16, but I was born and raised in London. My first job was in fashion PR, but after a few months my boss took me on one side and told me I was ‘better at writing than wooing clients’, and suggested I become an advertising copywriter. I took the hint and worked for 25 years in various London agencies – experiences I drew on to write my latest novel, Getting Even, a tale of bonding and backstabbing set in England.

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Sarah Rayner Stranded on a Desert Island

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

It had better be something practical, as whilst I’m pretty au fait with office politics, my desert-island-survival skills aren’t up to much. ‘A Guide To The Resources And Materials Available In The Wild And How To Use Them For Food, Shelter, Warmth And Navigation’ isn’t typically what I’d choose to have on my bedside table, but if I’m to make it beyond 24 hours without a bed, never mind a table, I think it would be a good idea!

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

I suppose a maid is out of the question? I guess so. Hmmm, well if I’m going to have no fiction to hand, I’m going to have to use my imagination. In which case I’d better get writing: I’ll have a fountain pen with an endless supply of ink and paper, please.

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

A lighter. I’m not very patient (to put it mildly – though I don’t think anyone who’s worked in advertising ever is – it’s an industry driven by immediate gratification, after all) and having to rub two sticks together to make fire would drive me nuts.

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

I don’t mind solitude but I do mind physical discomfort (let’s just say camping and I are not great buddies). So, as long as I wasn’t cold or hungry or thirsty, I’d be OK, but given my lack of survival skills (see 1) this doesn’t seem highly likely. In other words, I’d go pretty crazy, but it wouldn’t be loneliness that caused it.

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

Ah, that’s easy! My husband, Tom. And before you think I’ve gone soft, it’s because he’s very practical, so I’d have a far better chance of surviving with him than without. Plus he’s a chef and can cook up a storm, even if it would all be made from seaweed and creepy crawlies.

What modern technology would you miss the most?

My Babyliss Big Hair Styler – how on earth will I achieve that just blow-dried look otherwise?

What food or beverage would you miss the most?

Coffee. I so need a cup in the morning. I’ll have to rely on the bugs and snakes to get me out of bed instead!

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

A fortnight. The bugs, the lack of a blow dry and caffeine withdrawal would get to me after that.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

Ask for some lovely crispy French bread, a selection of cheeses and a very large glass of wine.

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

I’d upload my holiday snaps. My friends will tell you – barely a day goes by when I don’t share a photograph. I take pictures of everything. Well, everything decent. (And, yeah, I know I don’t have a camera, but this is just a game, right?)

Getting Even

Revenge thas never been such fun. How would you feel if your best friend at work betrayed you? Was secretly having an affair with an influential colleague? Won a coveted promotion, then teamed you up with a mere junior, leaving you feeling completely demoted? What would you do? For Ivy there's no choice. The only person she has ever trusted, Orianna, has blown it big time. So there's only one way forward: revenge.

Ivy's campaign is brilliant, if horribly destructive, and she's determined to get even with the woman who has dared to cross her. But is Ivy really the innocent party? Or is she hiding secrets of her own?

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