The Writers Write Interview – Santa Montefiore


1. Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

The Count of Monte Cristo

2. What is your most treasured possession?

My diaries.

3. Which living person do you most dislike?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They are smug, superficial – awful

4. What is your greatest fear?

Losing my children.

5. Who or what has been the greatest love of your life?

My husband, Simon.

6. What is your greatest regret?

Not going and living in Paris. Not learning to play the piano properly.

7. If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?

Emma

8. Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

Love In The Time Of Cholera

9. What is your favourite journey?

To Argentina

10. What do you most value in a friend?

Loyalty

11. What quality do you most admire in a woman?

Empathy and compassion

12. Which book that you’ve written is your favourite?

Meet Me Under The Ombu Tree

13. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

You only need one agent or one publisher to like your work. Never give up. Write about what you know. Don’t force a genre.

14. What are your favourite names?

Raphael and Sofia

15. What do you do as a hobby?

Play the piano, write songs ,and sing.

16. What are your top three books? 

  • The Count of Monte Christo
  • Love In The Time Of Cholera
  • Anna Karenina

17. Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

Life

Interviewer: Amanda Patterson, 9 May 2006

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