Radha Thomas has spent her life obsessingā¦ about jazz. Writing. Men. Getting the most out of a toothpaste tube. Her son. She thought she was alone. But thanks to Facebook, she isnāt. She is surrounded by a sea of like-minded sociopaths and that makes her feel very secure. Kidding, of course. She is a jazz singer and songwriter. Her first novel, Men on My Mind, the first in a trilogy, was published in December 2012.
QDescribe your favourite writing space.Anywhere, really. On the couch, at the dining table, at work ā basically any noisy place, as long as people donāt ask me too many questions as I am trying to concentrate.
QDo you have a writing schedule?Yes. Until itās done. As I said, Iām a bit obsessive, so I write till I am fresh out of anything to say. Then I wait for inspiration to kick in so that I can start again. I donāt like to keep things pending, hanging, so my schedule is dictated by deadlines.
QEver struggled with writerās block?All the time. I try not to panic and it usually passes. But Iām always terrified that it wonāt.
QWhat inspires you to write? Do you have a secret trick, or a book/author that helps?A snatch of conversation, a thought, a phrase, and lyrics ā they help me get started. I note them down faithfully, hoping these āinspirationsā are momentous revelations, but most often I toss it all out. When I sit down to write, it all flows in a torrent. When Iām writing, I donāt read anyone else. And when Iām composing I wonāt listen to anyone else either. I feel it may compromise me.
QCoffee/tea/cigarettes ā numbers please ā while you are writing?Club soda. No coffee. No cigarettes. No food. Itās hard to type with sticky fingers.
QWhich books are you reading at present?Madeleine Albrightās Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948. Iāve just begun it, but it promises to be fascinating. Iāve had it on my Kindle for a few months, but I couldnāt get to it because I was busy. She was brought up without knowing she was Jewish.
QWho are your favourite authors?P.J. OāRourke, William Safire, P.G. Wodehouse.
QWhich book/author should be banned on grounds of bad taste?I really couldnāt say. I donāt think itās fair to comment on something so subjective. People in glass houses and allā¦
QWhich is the most under-rated book?Hmmm. I donāt know if it counts, but I believe the thesaurus? Of course, itās online now but every English-speaking human being ought to own/use one.
QWhich are your favourite childrenās books?I loved reading Enid Blyton as a child... every single series I could get my hands on.