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I often get my writing students to fill in a character profile for their main characters. One of the things I ask them to think about is what their character likes doing most, what their favourite things are. That usually starts us all talking about what our favourite things are. So today I thought I'd write about some of my favourite things.


Graveyard Book                                       Book Thief

Like most writers, I've got hundreds of books. I keep giving them away and then buying more so they never really go down. I read most things, I still love reading children's stories, my favourite at the moment is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. And I love adult suspense stories such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J.Watson.

Gone Girl                                            BeforeI gotto sleep





Nibbling a bar of chocolate whilst reading a book has got to be the best thing ever. I love all sorts of chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate but I think my favourite is chocolate covered marzipan.




I love to have lots of colourful flowers in the garden. Now Winter's coming the garden might be pretty bare but I can still have flowers in the house. Orchids are my favourite. I've got eight orchids so far, here's a picture of one of them.

Playing Music



Playing my CDs while I work always cheers me up in the Winter. So out will come my Sixties collection, the Beatles, Abba and my old time favourite Loretta Lynn. I'll turn up the volume and hum away as I write.

There's lots more pictures of my favourite things on my Pinterest board.

What about you? What are your favourite things?

(This blog also appears on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, dated 13/10/2013


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