Alison Littlewood answers our 30-Second Questions #pathofneedles

Where were you born? 

In a place called Chapeltown, near Rotherham. My grandma insisted my mum went there instead of the nearest hospital, so that Barnsley wouldn’t be on my birth certificate – apparently she had a bit of a thing about it! Now everyone thinks of Chapeltown in Leeds, which is apparently pretty rough, so that didn’t work. Sorry, long answer to a short question!  J

What’s your comfort food?

Leftovers! Leftovers means (hopefully) nice food which I don’t have to bother to cook. I’m not big on spending time in the kitchen.

What’s your favourite tipple? 

I like a g n’ t with loads of ice. Or a bit of fizz (sparkly pinot grigot…yum!)

What superpower would you want / which superhero would you be? 

Ooh! I quite like the idea of scaling tall buildings, spider-man style. It’d save queuing for the lift.

Dog or cat? 

Dog. Cats stare. No, they do!!

What keeps you sane? 

My partner, Fergus. Well, when he’s not being bonkers. Or sometimes when he is.  J

What scares you? 

Ooh – lots of things. Death. The idea of being alone and lonely. Loss. Dark things. Things with teeth. Yes, lots and lots of things. (I have a sneaky suspicion that horror writers are often scaredy-cats at heart.)

Beaches or adventure? 

Both!! Or, if I had to choose, adventure. Had a great holiday in Morocco earlier this year where we went off with a local guide and saw some of the real Morocco – beautiful, different, and exciting. More please. (Although some of the toilets were a bit too adventurous for me.)

What’s your holiday read? 

The last couple of holidays, I’ve taken along books by Hilary Mantel – Fludd and Beyond Black. Beautifully written, they just sweep you along.

What is the best present you’ve ever received? 

A trip to New York – I finished off my birthday this year at the top of the Empire State Building, with a saxophonist playing on the observation deck. Well, inside the observation deck. It was blowing a gale outside. Well worth it, though!

What have you learned about yourself as you’ve got older? 

That I’m not that awkward kid anymore.

What would people be surprised to discover about you? 

I like to do things that scare me, just now and then. The last one was holding a tarantula, which I named Rosie, and decided was actually rather nice. Well, not entirely nasty, anyway.

Sweet or savoury? 


What is your favourite sport? 

The only sports I enjoy watching are things like diving and gymnastics. I used to enjoy running back in the days when I went to the gym, which is far too long ago, and I really need to start going again (mutter, mutter…)

What is your favourite way to travel? 

Anywhere by Mini. Whoosh!!

Would you rather read the book or watch the film? 

Read the book. Then watch the film.

Night in or night out? 

Night in with Fergus, with a curry and a good film on telly. Can’t beat it.

What are you currently listening to? 

Scenes from the Second Storey, by the God Machine. Hypnotic.

Women: Louboutin or Reebok? 

I just had to Google Louboutin – that probably says it all!

If you’ve enjoyed these answers, or want to find out more about the #pathofneedles, you can follow Alison on Twitter @Ali__L (that’s two underscores for the unwary).



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